Category Archives: Anti-Poaching

Anti-Poaching Unit (APU) at HESC

Share this article… 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…
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HESC partners with Investec Rhino Lifeline (IRL)

Share this article… The year has started on a very good note for us! We have partnered with Investec Rhino Lifeline (IRL) to raise awareness of the plight of rhinos, and to raise funds for the conservation of the critically endangered species. Rhino poaching is one of the most significant conservation issues faced by South Africa and in 2012, Investec Rhino Lifeline was established to respond to the crisis. It…
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Update on our rhino -
 December 2016

Share this article…Gertjie, Matimba and Philippa Stompie and Balu With the arrival of baby elephant Shawu late in November last year we decided to move Olivia, Khulula and Nhlanhla to Stompie and Balu’s boma. Initially the two sets of rhinos were kept in separate enclosures so we could monitor how they would get along in close proximity. This also allowed them to get use to each other, without being in “each…
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Lion’s Den’s small wound is treated

Share this article… Earlier this month Dr Rogers came to HESC to vaccinate our rhinos against anthrax. The easiest and less disruptive way to do this is by darting the animals. The dart is designed to vaccinate them and to then fall out automatically so that the animals can carry on with their day as usual. A few days following the vaccinations our curator, Linri, noticed a tiny septic wound…
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Training of our anti-poaching canines

Share this article… Part of the daily training for Zee and Bullet is to acclimatize them to the sounds and smells of the animals at the centre – especially the rhinos they are there to protect. You can only imagine how excited a young dog like Bullet would get to see strange (and moving) animals! As a way of gradually introducing them to the different animals, the dogs are put…
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