Why we love the APU dogs

It is said that dog and man initiated their relationship between 10 000 and 20 000 years ago when dog ancestors followed man throughout his migrations. Dogs are known as man’s best friend, our closest companions, our protectors and even lifesavers. Numerous accounts testify of this, from treating mental illness and depression to even halting death. This seems to be something that dogs are well equipped to do, as they halt death…
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Rhino Update

Rhino Update When entering the word “Rhino” into Google, some suggestions pop up like, “Are rhinos mean?”. As with most animals, when not unhinged they are not mean. In fact, their poor eyesight is to blame for what could interpreted as being short-tempered and aggressive. White-rhinos, especially, will charge first and assess the situation afterwards. If you have ever visited for the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) you would know…
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Hyena Update

Hyena update Late in 2016 a young male hyena was brought to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC). The hyena was found on a neighbouring reserve on personal property and after unsuccessful attempts to locate its pack he was brought to HESC. Towards the end of 2017 the team at HESC were satisfied with his progress and it was decided that the hyena was ready to be released. The decision…
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Happy feet: Mopane Update

Mopane, the baby elephant at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), is doing extremely well. Arriving at the centre at 78kg, it is heart-warming to report that this little guy now weighs 93kg. Mopane still receives a bottle every 3 hours and is still being cared for around the clock. Dr Johan Marais, CEO of Saving The Survivors and veterinary surgeon, was brought in as consultant when Lions Den and…
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Wild Dog Arrival

On Saturday morning, 27 January 2018, this wild dog was found lying next to the R40 road after being hit by a car. Both her femur and humerus had a fracture. After the XRays, drip, antibiotics and painkillers she was taken to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) for the weekend. Dr. Rogers (left), Linri Janse Van Rensburg (right), Janelle Goodrich (behind) On Monday, Dr Sampie Ras did a sterling…
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