Rhino poaching is a scourge that has become a global concern. In 2014 a staggering 1215 rhinos were poached, including many rhino cows that were pregnant. As early as it is in the year 2015, over 49 rhinos have already fallen victim to this barbaric act. A very sad reality. Rhino poaching is exacerbated by the high value placed on rhino horns, which is greater …Read more
When Matimba arrived at The Centre, he only weighed 60kg. We are happy to say that at 3 months he weighs a whopping 225kg! He really is growing so fast. His diet currently consists of 25lt of milk a day, as well as a bit of grass and lucern.
It is unfortunate that we are no longer able to weigh …Read more
We are the bearers of some very sad news today. A tragic accident over the weekend led to the death of our beloved lamb, Louis. One of our assistant curators was busy feeding our two orphaned rhinos (Gertjie and Matimba) and their lambs when she had to move the vehicle out of the way for guests to pass. But little Louis had walked under …Read more
We came across a termite mound right in the middle of the road (or track, as we refer to it in the bush). The fact that this mound was in the middle of the road where vehicles are frequently crisscrossing meant little hope for its longevity. We took a little time to watch these fascinating little organisms as they went about their business.
Here are …Read more
On 9th November 2014 we treated Lion’s Den’s wound. It had been a little over 2 months since we’d seen flies around her wound – until last Friday morning. With the current heat in Hoedspruit, we decided to ask Dr. Peter Rogers to take a closer look.
The African wild dog is an animal that likes to move throughout the bush, but when it is time to mate and give birth, the pack may return to the same area and even sometimes the same den every year.
The alpha female will usually select the burrow and start cleaning it to prepare for a comfortable birth. She will spend the first days in the nest chamber and remain on …Read more
Being from the big city I’m used to a different environment, but I was ecstatic to discover a small corner of South Africa known as Kapama Private Game Reserve. I found a place where I could get involved in meaningful work and live an amazing lifestyle at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC).
I love the work …Read more
It is time for Meg’s cubs to move out on their own. The now 6-month-old babies have been growing at a fast and healthy rate, and they are now fully independent of their mother being able to feed on their own. The one male and three female cubs were moved to what we call our ‘crèche’ area on Monday 5 January. This is a small area …Read more
Gertjie and Matimba are flourishing in their new-found friendship. Gertjie has taken on the role of the older brother, and Matimba is constantly testing his increasing strength against that of Gertjie. Gertjie allows Matimba to get away with just about anything, but just before Matimba runs off victorious, Gertjie usually shows him that he is still the bigger and stronger …Read more
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) is home to a number of beautiful but endangered leopard tortoises. These large reptiles are suffering mainly due to habitat loss. They are often hunted for food in poorer communities, and are also at risk of being run over by cars when trying to cross the road.
On the evening of 13 December 2014 our staff members were …Read more