Anti-Poaching Unit (APU) at HESC

Rhino poaching is one of the most significant conservation issues currently facing South Africa and it is showing no signs of slowing. The number of rhino poaching victims that have arrived at HESC over the past few years is a clear indication of just how rife the vicious attacks on this species is. As a result of poaching and in an effort to save the rhino from extinction, we launched…
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Orphaned elephants, Shawu and Timisa, get blood transfusions

  The youngest elephants in our care both recently underwent blood transfusions. Shawu is a young orphaned elephant that was brought to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) last November, after he was found wandering around on his own. Timisa, another orphaned baby elephant, was brought to Camp Jabulani in November as well, by Elephants Alive. It has been hectic the past few months as we moved between the two properties to…
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Winston the warthog

On the morning of the 6th January 2017, HESC received an orphaned warthog from Phalaborwa. We don’t have any information on how the piglet was left orphaned. He was named Winston. When this baby first arrived, he drank 20ml of milk 6 times a day (that is, every 3 hours). Unfortunately, two days after his arrival he developed a slight diarrhea so his milk was reduced by 50%. He was…
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Thank you – February 2017

  The Platter Project The Platter Project that aims to create awareness around wildlife conservation and organ donation; and this they achieve by selling beautiful hand-painted platters. Diana Wilkinson of the Platter Project is currently battling kidney disease and is in need of a transplant. She spends her good days creating these magnificent platters to help raise funds for various charities. HESC recently received a second donation from The Platter Project….
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HESC mourns the passing of Allan Pretorius

The 22nd of February was a very difficult day for all of us at HESC. We tragically lost Allan Pretorius – a colleague, friend and, even though not by blood, a brother. Allan was passionate about his job as a Field Guide, and his enthusiasm was contagious. He was a strong person – from his character, to his personality and presence. He was a shoulder to cry on and a…
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