Category Archives: General Animals

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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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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The story of resident lions, Scar and Mufasa

Share this article…Scar and Mufasa Scar and Mufasa are the resident lions at HESC. As you might have already guessed, they were named after the iconic brothers in The Lion King movie. These two brothers are about 6/7 years old and were born to Piet (father) and Lucky (mother) who were also residents at HESC. Although the circumstances that had led to the arrival of Piet and Lucky at HESC…
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Ultrasound performed on Shawu’s trunk

Share this article… A while back Shawu’s carers noticed him frequently stepping on his trunk and also unusually swinging it around or bumping it against objects. We were unsure whether this was just the result of excessive itching or whether something else was bothering him. The initial treatment procedure was conservative, and he was put on antibiotics, additional vitamins and treated symptomatically. Just when we thought he was getting better…
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