Category Archives: Education

HESC introduces Lumukisa Preparatory to Investec Rhino Lifeline (IRL)

Share this article… Investec Rhino Lifeline (IRL) and HESC have been in partnership since the beginning of the year and since then IRL has helped to donate towards the Rescued Rhinos @ HESC, which we couldn’t be more grateful for. As 19 September marked World Rhino Day, we thought it befitting to introduce Lumukisa Preparatory School to Investec Rhino Lifeline. Through our collaboration with IRL, we’ve been introduced to two organisations…
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Professor Nick Kriek gives a lecture about communicable diseases in animals

Share this article… Many of our visitors may not be aware that Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) has a specialist Advisory Committee that assists with the management of our many activities, and their much-valued input helps to guide our organization. The Advisory Committee includes daily role players, such as Dr Peter Rogers (ProVet Wildlife Services) and periodically Drs Johan Marais and Gerhard Steenkamp (both from Saving the Survivors) who have…
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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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