Category Archives: Conservation

Update on southern ground hornbills, Gumpie and Skewy

Share this article… In our last update about our ground hornbill couple, Gumpie and Skewy, the Mabula Ground Hornbill Project researchers were at the centre to conduct research on the effects of hormones on throat coloration, and in particularly the cause of blue throat coloration in males. Click here to read about it. While busy with this they discovered that Skewy had laid an egg, and on closer inspection found…
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Kruger-to-Canyons (K2C) Hooded Vulture Project Update

Share this article… Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) has been involved in the Kruger-to-Canyons (K2C) Hooded Vulture Project for some time. Our primary role has been to afford access to our vulture restaurant where the research is being carried out. The K2C Hooded Vulture Project, which began in 2015, is a collaborative effort between several international partners. The aim is to investigate the breeding biology of these endangered birds, their nest site…
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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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HESC conducts leopard DNA profiling

Share this article… DNA profiling is an integral part of our conservation efforts that focus on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animal species. To this end we performed DNA profiles on two of the leopards in our custody on Thursday, 1st June. This is also a requirement by the Environmental Affairs so they can control the illegal trade of this species. Our vet, Dr Peter Rogers and his…
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Update on the orphaned hyena cub in our temporary custody

Share this article… Earlier this year we shared the story of an orphaned hyena cub that had been taken into temporary care at the centre. He was recently moved into a new bigger enclosure, where he gets to enjoy plenty of space, a little dam, lush vegetation and some shady trees. This little one is now eight months old and his diet consists of 1 kg of mince, six times per…
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