GETTING TO KNOW THE POWER COUPLE BEHIND U.S. FRIENDS OF HESC

Allen and Heidi Roberts with Simon Mnisi A holiday can sometimes have unexpected consequences and in the case of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), one such holiday had an enormous and far-reaching impact for which we are immensely grateful! It all started some 12 years ago when we had the pleasure of meeting a dynamic New York couple, Allen and Heidi Roberts.  Whilst staying at Camp Jabulani the couple…
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HESC receives another orphaned rhino calf

On the evening of the 12th February 2016 we took custody of a new rhino calf. She had been found next to her dead mother’s carcass, who was suspected to have been shot dead three days prior at a neighbouring property. Two gunshots were heard on Thursday evening at around 19:20 and rangers set out to investigate, but couldn’t find anything. After about two to three days, rhino calf tracks…
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Orphaned baby nyala at HESC

Last November, Dr Rogers brought in a nyala calf to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) that was approximately a week old. Her mom was sadly killed by a buffalo. She weighed 6,2 kg on arrival, and took her first bottle that evening at 11pm, drinking 62 ml. The nyala was Initially aggressive when first introduced to Moo, the sheep; but by the next day the two had bonded. They were…
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An update on Shawu – February 2017

Shawu is doing great, but just like with any infant he requires special care and attention.  There’s actually a lot that could go wrong with a baby elephant, especially considering that he’s not able to feed from his mother and get the nutrients found only in her milk. Although we give him milk formula, this can never replace his mother’s milk and this places him at a slight disadvantage. Taking…
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Rhino bull, Ike, joins Gertjie, Matimba and Philippa

The happy crash The hide-and-seek antics of rhino bull, Ike has presented quite a challenge to our plans to move him in with Gertjie, Matimba and Philippa. Dr Rogers made several attempts over the past couple of weeks to dart him for the move but all were unsuccessful because of Ike’s predilection for hiding. The terrain further thwarted efforts as, due to the good rain the past few weeks, the grass…
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