A Sad Farewell and a Sincere Thank You to Simon

Today we said a sad farewell to a man that has surpassed all our expectations and then some, over the past nine years. Simon, one of our anti-poaching unit team, has walked the most inspiring journey with us at HESC, and been a shining light to many that have worked with him along the way, and met him when visiting HESC. It all started in 2010 with the kindness from…
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MEET BULLET FROM THE HESC ANTI-POACHING K9 UNIT

They may be behind the scenes the majority of the time, but our Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) anti-poaching K9’s are some of the most respected and important members of our HESC family. Their first and foremost priority is to patrol and protect our perimeters with their handlers, providing additional security, over and above the security systems which we also have in place to protect the precious wildlife in our care….
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HESC and our local community come together for 30 orphaned children.

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller. Christmas came early this year, for 30 orphaned children. Over the past three weeks, the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), with the help of many incredible people and companies from our local community, hosted three groups of orphaned children from a local orphanage. Their ages varied from seven to seventeen. Each week, a group of ten children,…
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Mopane has a new friend – HESC provides sanctuary to a second orphaned elephant.

A “Rae” of serendipity as another elephant calf joins Mopane at HESC. Two months ago, another elephant calf arrived at HESC. We were approached to assist with the baby elephant that had been found wandering on its own, in the Imfolozi Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. It has been so incredibly hard not sharing this news for the past two months, but I was unable to do so…
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From 78Kg’s to 247Kg’s: A year since orphaned elephant Mopane was brought into our care.

It has been a year since orphaned elephant Mopane was first brought into our care at HESC. He arrived on 8 December 2017, after being found wandering on his own in the Kruger National Park, near Phalaborwa, at an estimated three to four weeks old.  This young and scared elephant calf weighed a mere 78Kg’s (172lbs), and was badly dehydrated, but fortunately he had already drank some water from the team…
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