Category Archives: Conservation

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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HESC gets involved with “Rhino Art” and “Elephant Art” School projects

We are proud to be working closely with, Rhino Art – Let Our Children’s Voices Be Heard, and African Elephant Art, two on-going projects, which are both part of the Kingsley Holgate Foundation, in conjunction with Landrover The project mission is to gather the largest number of children’s ‘Art Voices’ ever recorded in support of Rhino and Elephant Protection, and to use these ‘Hearts and Minds’ messages from the children of Africa, as a…
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Update on the Caracals Released 10th December 2017.

On the 10th of December 2017, we released two caracal’s, one female and one male, onto the Kapama Game Reserve. Five months later, we have not been made aware of any incidents concerning the two caracals,  so we can assume that no news is good news, and they must be surviving well in their new surroundings. CLICK HERE TO READ for more details about their release in our original blog.    

HESC cheetahs released at Air Force Base are thriving

Two male cheetahs released by HESC at the Air Force Base Makhado (formerly known as Air Force Base Louis Trichardt) in December 2017 have adapted well to their new surroundings. The base is situated in a remote wilderness area of close on 2 600 ha where animals roam free. The cheetahs were donated and released with the purpose of keeping the runways clear of small game to ensure a safe…
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