Professor Nick Kriek gives a lecture about communicable diseases in animals

Many of our visitors may not be aware that Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) has a specialist Advisory Committee that assists with the management of our many activities, and their much-valued input helps to guide our organization. The Advisory Committee includes daily role players, such as Dr Peter Rogers (ProVet Wildlife Services) and periodically Drs Johan Marais and Gerhard Steenkamp (both from Saving the Survivors) who have been instrumental in…
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Rhino Art @ HESC invites schools to celebrate World Rhino Day on 22 September 2017

World Rhino Day is being celebrated on 22 September this year and the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) is reaching out through its Rhino Art @ HESC project to schools to participate in creating an awareness about the plight of this endangered species in South Africa. Poaching statistics released by the Department for Environmental Affairs in February 2017 show that 1054 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone during 2016, a…
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HESCies learn about the importance of termites to the eco-system

We had the pleasure of welcoming back the HESCies once again. This time the lesson was on the importance of termites to the eco-system.  To explain this in full we had a guest tutor – Dr Cornel du Toit – who holds a PhD in Entomology (which is the scientific study of insects). Shortly following their arrival, the HESCies made their way to the safari vehicle with Den Leader, Karel…
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Update on the rhinos

Lion’s Den and Dingle Den It has been a while since we updated you on how our rhinos are doing. We are happy to report all is well, and they are happy and healthy! Lion’s Den and Dingle Dell were moved from their previous enclosure to one that is full of undisturbed grass, ideal for their grazing. Gertie and Matimba Gertjie and Matimba are still side-by-side, and neither goes anywhere…
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HESC Thank you – August 2017

It is time again to express our heartfelt gratitude for the support we have received over the past month. Without the contributions from both individuals and businesses, we would not be able to do what we do. Capitec Bank Capitec Bank sponsored 15 computers for our adoptive school, Lumukisa Primary School. These machines will be a great help to further the education of the learners. Our Wildlife Conservation Experience (WCE) assisted…
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