Thank you – June 2015

Without donations, adoptions or visits to our Centre, we would not be able to carry on doing what we do. We therefore would like to take the time to acknowledge each individual and companies who have and continue to assist through various contributions.

Rhino, HESC, Hoedspruit, Endangered Species

Pick ‘n Pay Craighall

They had a trolley collection to raise items for …Read more

Filed under: Adoptions, Anti-Poaching, Conservation, Education, Rhinos, Thank You

#72 is dehorned! An update on this, and his general treatment

Rhino bull #72

On Friday 19 June 2015, our injured rhino bull #72 was once again treated by Dr. Rogers and his assistant Janelle. However, we also summoned Dr Johan Marais from Onderstepoort to take x-rays of the bull’s hump and other areas where he had been shot as we were worried that there might be a bullet still lodged inside. While Dr Marais and …Read more

Filed under: Anti-Poaching, Conservation, From the Hospital, News, Rhinos

Wildlife Conservation Experience: How to build your own wormery

05 June 2015 was World Environment Day, and in its honour, our Wildlife Conservation Experience students built a wormery and a recycling system. A wormery is an easy and efficient way of converting ordinary food waste into liquid feed and rich organic compost through the natural metabolic action of earthworms.

A wormery is used for gardening and agricultural purposes. The worms’ excretions are harvested and …Read more

Filed under: Conservation, Eco Initiatives, Student Programme, Wildlife Conservation Experience

Update on Caesar, the rescued lion from Animal Defenders International

On 11 June 2015, Dr. Rogers came in to administer another round of vitamin and anti-inflammatory shots to the ailing Animal Defenders International (ADI) lion Caesar.

Caesar and Sarah were kept overnight in the feeding enclosure, where Caesar was darted before being released back into his enclosure. Caesar was darted with a drug called BAM (Butorphanol; Azaperone and Medetomidine), which has been said to be …Read more

Filed under: Conservation, From the Hospital

An update on HESC’s rescued rhinos

Taking care of rhinos is a huge responsibility, as well as financially demanding. We are doing our utmost to ensure that the five rhinos in our custody receive the best possible care. Looking after these animals has been taxing on many fronts, yet seeing the progress they have made on their respective journeys is fulfilling. Here’s an update of how they are doing.

#72 is …Read more

Filed under: Anti-Poaching, Conservation, News, Rhinos

An update on rhino bull #72 – 12 June 2015

Last Friday, our injured rhino bull #72 received further veterinary treatment when Dr. Rogers checked on and cleaned his wounds. He is still very thin and has developed pressure sores on his legs due to lying down for long periods of time. However, Dr. Rogers is happy with the progress of the wounds. They are now smaller and pinkish in colour, and the amount of discharge …Read more

Filed under: Anti-Poaching, Conservation, From the Hospital, News, Rhinos

Introducing the HESC ostriches

Ostriches are the largest and heaviest of all living birds. This species is instantly recognisable by its long bare neck, large body and long sturdy legs. Despite its relatively small head, the ostrich has the largest eyes of any land animal, measuring an impressive five centimetres in diameter and protected by long black lashes.

The ostrich is equipped with long muscular legs built for running. …Read more

Filed under: Birding, Spotlight On

Frequently asked questions about the animals at HESC

Gertjie, Matimba and Lammie

We are often asked about the animals in our custody. We find it so encouraging that many of you out there care about these animals as much as we do. We decided to simplify things by putting together some of the most commonly asked questions posed, and the relevant responses.

1. What will happen to Lammie when …Read more

Filed under: Anti-Poaching, Conservation, Rhinos, The Cheetahs

Spotlight on Damien Mander, head of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF)

We had a visit from Damien Mander, who heads the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF). The IAPF is an institution that focuses on ranger training, operations, and integrating modern technology and solutions (such as drones) for the purpose of anti-poaching. The IAPF is funded through public donations, grants and fundraising activities, and aims to provide free training for rangers.

We got an opportunity to ask Damien …Read more

Filed under: Anti-Poaching, Conservation, Education

Update on #72’s treatment

On Friday 29 May, Dr. Peter Rogers came in to perform another treatment on rhino bull #72.

He was sedated as usual, and his wounds were cleaned with a dilution of Chlorhexidine and Peroxidemix. Per standard protocol, he was also treated with antibiotics to assist with the healing process.

Once he had been given vitamin shots and Meticam was administered to help relieve the …Read more

Filed under: Anti-Poaching, Conservation, From the Hospital, News, Rhinos