De-horning Rhinos at HESC

Rhinos are being poached at an alarming rate of three a day.  HESC is currently de-horning their Rhinos to halter the temptation and keep poachers at bay. Rhino horn is now worth more than gold. Here are general questions and facts about HESC de-horning 1. Why are rhinos de-horned at HESC? We de-horn our rhinos to try and deter poachers from targeting the centre.  We are public with our rhinos…
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Back to the wild – the Caracal release

Due to the Caracal’s geographical distribution that ranges over a wide range of environments, the animal experiences different threats and thus has a variety of population trends. The species is considered as “Least Concerned” (LC) in the Arabian Peninsula (Mallon and Budd 2011) but contrary, it has already vanished in Kuwait (Cowan 2013) and is on the verge of extinction in North Africa (Cuzin 2003, F. Belbachir, pers. comm. 2014)….
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Make some noise for our trumpets and horns

Lions Den and Dingle Dell the survivors

South Africa – our country, our land. It is such a beautiful country to reside in with fields of nature enveloping the soil and creating rich forests for all our animals. Our country boasts with the biggest, most robust animals – like the elephant and rhinoceros – which leave you feeling mediocre in comparison to their size. Even the smallest creatures have to be admired for the incredible roles they…
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Latest addition – Mopane arrives!

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) received a call that a little baby elephant was found wondering on his own in the Kruger National Park, close to Phalaborwa. Karien Keet, the warden, was notified and a plan to rescue him was put into action. They found the elephant to be dehydrated and thirsty but on 8 December the 3-4 week old baby arrived. Gary – a curator with Mopane While…
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Back to the wild – Our wild dogs release

At the beginning of the year an injured wild dog was transported to HESC and was treated by Dr Rogers. He had been severely bitten in the dorsal area (haunch/hind legs) and needed veterinary care. Dr Rogers darted the animal and stitched him up before placing him in quarantine – this is where we keep all animals in need of high care treatment. The full story on the arrival can…
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