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Update on the Baby Bushbuck “Bossie” – November 2018

Six weeks ago,  we shared the news of a baby bushbuck that had been brought in our care at HESC. He arrived at HESC on the 28th September 2018. We are happy to update you that he is doing very well, gained good weight, and becoming a strong young bushbuck. The curators refer to him as “Bossie”.   Bossie’s issues with his stomach have luckily passed, and he is already eating solid…
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Small-spotted Genet Cats – Soft release at Jabulani – November 2018

A few months ago, HESC was approached to assist with three small-spotted genet kittens that had been found in the Sabi Sands. They were approximately a week old at the time,  and could fit inside the palm of a hand. Lente Roode naturally accepted them, and hand-reared them for a while before then letting assistant curator, Natasha Roscherr, take on the responsibility, which she did successfully. Once they were strong…
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Patiently waiting for Skewy to lay another egg.

When you visit HESC for one of our daily tours, you will pass by two very vibrant and often very vocal birds, named Gumpie and Skewy. They are a breeding pair of Southern Ground Hornbills that have been part of the HESC family for the past eight years. Skewy (the female), hatched on the 15th October 2006, and Gumpie (the male), hatched on 16th November 2003. However they arrived at the same…
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MOPANE RECEIVES A DRIP AND BLOOD TRANSFUSION, OCT 2018

The past two weeks have been tough for orphaned elephant Mopane, who we estimate to be around 11 months old now. This little elephant is normally so full of inquisitive energy and high spirits, that it was a huge concern and scare, when his condition started to change. Mopane showed a decline in his energy levels, which was a result of a loss of appetite. He would not finish his…
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Meet Zee – HESC Anti-Poaching K9 Unit

Four brave dogs, each with their own personality, but all with one earnest goal, to protect the wildlife and staff of HESC. Our anti-poaching K9 unit and team of rangers, was set up as a part of our intensive security solutions. Their names are Zee, Bullet, Nikor, and Jessie. Today we share some insight into the ZEE, who, like her “fellow K9 colleagues”, is a Belgium Malinois, which make truly…
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