Category Archives: Conservation

Rhino Art @ HESC invites schools to celebrate World Rhino Day on 22 September 2017

Share this article… 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…
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Update on the rhinos

Share this article…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…
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Female cheetah, Salome, is examined

Share this article… We noticed that Salome, one of our female cheetahs, had not been eating. As usual, we called upon Dr Rogers to come and examine her on 25 August. He darted Salome and drew blood that could be tested to see what could be the cause for her lack of appetite. Once done, the cat was was transported to the hospital where she received two drips for rehydration…
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Honours student, Bruce Crossey, conducts research on wild dogs at HESC

Share this article… We recently hosted Bruce Crossey, an Honours student from the University of Pretoria, who was here to do some research on the stress levels of wild dogs in captivity and how it plays a role on their overall health and behavior. Bruce worked closely with our curator, Natasha, to collect samples of the wild dog fecal matter. This will be used to test the level of glucocorticoid steroid…
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Shawu and his blanket

Share this article… Many who have been following Shawu’s story, our orphaned elephant, would have noticed that whenever the curators feed him his bottle there is usually a blanket that is hanging on a tree in front of him. The blanket was introduced during Shawu’s early days as a source of comfort and for him to notice when it was feeding time. So, whenever one of the curators hangs up…
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