The Spotted Eagle Owl is returns to HESC

Almost a year ago we reported that the female spotted eagle owl we had released back into the wild had returned to the centre. Since being released this owl has remained in the area, often returning around September/ October to breed. Spotted eagle owls don’t often build their own nests, and instead prefer finding a spot that is hollowed out where they can safely lay their eggs. In this case,…
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HESC performs DNA profiling on four cheetah cubs

Many of our followers are aware of the cheetah DNA profiling we have been conducting. A change in regulations and the implementation of a new set of requirements for DNA profiling has necessitated this, and HESC has fully complied in order to get the necessary accreditation from various institutions. This is an extremely intense, tedious and stressful process – from the darting and subsequent monitoring of the cheetahs, to the…
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US Friends of HESC to host the 2017 annual fundraising dinners in honour of HESC

The US Friends of HESC, established by New York power couple Heidi and Allen Roberts, will again be hosting a series of fundraising events at their home in September in aid of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC). These events are one of the annual highlights on the social calendar in New York; and Heidi’s four-course dinners, imbued with her exquisite personal touch, are legendary. HESC founder, Mrs Lente Roode, will…
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HESC celebrates World Elephant Day – 12 August 2017

Today, 12 August, is World Elephant Day. It’s a day for focusing attention on the plight of the elephant species, and the need for its protection. The escalation of poaching for ivory; habitat loss; human-elephant conflict; and mistreatment of animals in captivity are just some of the threats faced by these gentle giants. Although HESC is not an elephant sanctuary or orphanage; we are dedicated to the conservation of rare, vulnerable…
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Dr Rogers treats an ill male cheetah

The 1st of August 2017 was a busy day at HESC. Dr Rogers was on-site to treat a male cheetah that wasn’t doing well, and then also did DNA profiling on four cheetah cubs. We’ve noticed recently that one of our male cheetahs was not eating well and his condition was deteriorating as a result. Dr Rogers darted the cheetah, and a catheter was facilitated in order to intravenously administer…
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