Category Archives: Anti-Poaching

Update on our rhinos – June ‘17

Share this article…Gertjie and Matimba We are happy to report that all our rhinos are in great shape. Lion’s Den, Dingle Dell, Gertjie and Matimba all share an enclosure and from time-to-time do get together while grazing, but for the most part Lion’s Den and Dingle Dell do their own thing separate from Gertjie and Matimba. All four were recently dehorned. Zeta (the Zebra) and her male companion often follow…
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Our young rhinos, Stompie, Nhlanhla and Lula are de-horned

Share this article…Stompie On Friday, 19 May, we continued with the process of dehorning our rhinos. This time, it was Stompie, Nhlanhla and Lula’s turn. As these three are still young, and their horns aren’t like those of fully-grown rhinos; we remove the excess horn to ensure the little ones’ safety. Dr Rogers and his team, along with Lyle Wiggens from Limpopo Nature Conservation and the HESC team made their…
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Rhino cows, Lion’s Den and Dingle Dell; and rhino bulls, Gertjie and Matimba are dehorned

Share this article…Dingle Dell On Thursday 11 May, our older rhino cows, Lion’s Den and Dingle Dell; as well as ‘rhino’ brothers, Gertjie and Matimba were dehorned. As usual, Dr Rogers and his team were present, and so was Lyle Wiggens from Nature Conservation, Limpopo Province to oversee the procedure. As you may recall, we also recently dehorned Balu, Khulula and Olivia. Click here to read about their dehorning. Dingle Dell…
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Our rhino orphans are de-horned

Share this article…Balu in the shade after his procedure As our baby rhinos grow, so does their horns. This is a major concern as rhinos are targeted by poachers for their keratin-filled horns, which they believe have some magical healing properties! THIS IS NOT TRUE! For some time now management and the anti-poaching unit have been concerned about the safety of the young orphans, especially as would-be poachers are relentless…
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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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