Category Archives: General Animals

The Spotted Eagle Owl is returns to HESC

Share this article… Almost a year ago we reported that the female spotted eagle owl we had released back into the wild had returned to the centre. Since being released this owl has remained in the area, often returning around September/ October to breed. Spotted eagle owls don’t often build their own nests, and instead prefer finding a spot that is hollowed out where they can safely lay their eggs….
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HESC celebrates World Elephant Day – 12 August 2017

Share this article… Today, 12 August, is World Elephant Day. It’s a day for focusing attention on the plight of the elephant species, and the need for its protection. The escalation of poaching for ivory; habitat loss; human-elephant conflict; and mistreatment of animals in captivity are just some of the threats faced by these gentle giants. Although HESC is not an elephant sanctuary or orphanage; we are dedicated to the conservation…
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Update on Shawu

Share this article… Little Shawu is doing great and continues to thrive in our care. Here’s an update of what he’s been getting up to over the last month. To ensure that Shawu keeps active, he goes for daily walks twice a day – in the mornings after his 6am bottle feed and around 4pm when it’s cooler. Lammie usually accompanies Shawu and his keeper, but sometimes he does take…
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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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