Category Archives: Education

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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HESCies learn about the importance of termites to the eco-system

Share this article… We had the pleasure of welcoming back the HESCies once again. This time the lesson was on the importance of termites to the eco-system.  To explain this in full we had a guest tutor – Dr Cornel du Toit – who holds a PhD in Entomology (which is the scientific study of insects). Shortly following their arrival, the HESCies made their way to the safari vehicle with…
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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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HESCies return for another educational session

Share this article… The HESCies from Lumukisa Primary School returned for their third educational at HESC. As we recently celebrated World Elephant Day, we thought it fitting to include a lesson on elephant poaching. Gerrit and Simon were the Den Leaders in charge for this session. Upon arrival at the centre, the learners attended a 30-minute lecture about poaching and the measures that are being taken to prevent it. Following…
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HESCies visit HESC again

Share this article… On 1 June, the HESCies group from Lumukisa Primary School returned to the centre for their second session at HESC. This was a follow-up to the very successful first visit. These young boys and girls were eager and ready to learn even more about the environment and wildlife conservation. The day started off with a brief discussion about Africa Day and what it means to Africans around…
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