Category Archives: Anti-Poaching

Meet Zee – HESC Anti-Poaching K9 Unit

Four brave dogs, each with their own personality, but all with one earnest goal, to protect the wildlife and staff of HESC. Our anti-poaching K9 unit and team of rangers, was set up as a part of our intensive security solutions. Their names are Zee, Bullet, Nikor, and Jessie. Today we share some insight into the ZEE, who, like her “fellow K9 colleagues”, is a Belgium Malinois, which make truly…
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Why Belgian Malinois Dogs make the perfect Anti-Poaching K9.

The Anti-poaching Unit at HESC, have chosen to work with Belgian Malinois breed of canines, to help protect our wildlife. We have four of these sensational dogs, in our unit. Many people are not familiar with this exceptional breed, and mistake them for German Shepherds, for good reason, as they do have a very strong resemblance to one another. Here is 10 Ways to tell the difference between the two…
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Ike, a strong Rhino Bull, another Victim to Victor, at HESC.

Exactly two years ago today, on 19th September 2016, we received a five year old rhino bull, a poaching survivor, from Pilanesberg National Park. Ike was rescued fourteen months prior to his arrival at HESC, by the anti-poaching unit in the Pilanesberg National Park. He was found with both of his horns hacked off, and deep wounds across his back, resulting from an attack with a panga. The damage on his…
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Black Mamba Anti-poaching unit partners with HESC

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, the first majority female anti-poaching unit in South Africa. Founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa NPC, the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching unit was formed to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule Nature Reserve. Within the first year of operation the Black Mambas were invited to expand into other regions, and now protect all…
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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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