Kellie with Eddie the Caracal
We’ve had a very busy last few days!
On Friday evening we had the pleasure of meeting Eddie, the baby caracal, for the first time and spent a happy few hours playing with him.
On Saturday morning we went ‘tubing’ on the Sabie River, and a few brave students even jumped off a 15m cliff into the river! …Read more
Habana starts waking up
It’s been a busy few days here at the centre!
On top of our daily routine of feeding the animals, we were also given the somewhat daunting task of catching eight African wild cats. Eeeek!
Armed with a net and blanket we were fortunate to escape injury.
On the way to the vet to get the cats sterilised, there were 13 …Read more
Picture taken by Lusinda Oosthuizen
When our two Southern ground-hornbills were still juveniles, a pair of wild hornbills adopted them and took it upon themselves to ensure that the youngsters were properly fed.
They would arrive each day with tasty morsels, which they would then feed the young birds through the fence.
Now that …Read more
River Rafting Do’s and Don’ts
During our time here so far we have seen and done so many things.
We’ve fed the cheetahs, lions, birds, wild cats and deer. The wild African dogs came alarmingly close during feeding time, and Zeta the zebra has taken to following us around.
The vulture restaurant, although a place of fine dining for the vultures of the centre, is …Read more
We thought it would be informative to share this unfortunate story with our readers and supporters.
Recently some of our staff members encountered a 2.5 – 3 meter long black mamba on the property.
Black mambas are fast, nervous, lethally venomous snakes, and when threatened are highly aggressive, so needless to say this was a little too close for comfort!
HESC offers people between the ages of 18 and 35 years the opportunity to experience the Centre in an intensive and hands-on 21-day programme.
It is divided into three main sections: Participation, Conservation and Sight Seeing.
The main focus of the programme is on the cheetah, and throughout their stay participants are involved in the everyday care of these magnificent animals. This includes cleaning, feeding, and where required, assisting …Read more
“I am a 22 year old Austrian girl and live in Vienna, which is in the south of Austria. The region is very mountainous, so one of my hobbies is skiing. I love nature and find living in the mountains very relaxing. Naturally our dog always comes with me whenever I venture out. I have been studying …Read more
In the Wild Dog enclosure each day begins with a greeting ceremony. As soon as they hear the familiar growling of my bakkie’s diesel engine, the dogs fill the morning air with their excited chirps, whining, whimpering, squeaks, chatter, growls and howls.
They run shoulder to shoulder, leaping and diving over and under one another to see who can reach the bakkie first.
Zita and Skaap (picture taken by Lusinda Oosthuizen)
Zita, our resident Burchells zebra and part-time car guard, loves nothing more than to tease the cheetahs and lions here at the Centre.
One of her favourite pastimes is to walk right up to the cats’ camps and graze nonchalantly at the fence.
Needless to say this drives the cats crazy!
When they charge her she merely strolls …Read more
The sun pours in through my office window, elevating my already cheerful mood. My mind is buzzing as we head to the Animal Kitchen to prepare the day’s meals. I’m literally bursting with energy (even though I’ve only had one cup of coffee so far) and I need to find an outlet for it. I decide that today I want to do …Read more