Category Archives: Meet the Team

MEET OUR HEAD CURATOR, LINRI JANSE VAN RENSBURG

It takes a particularly special person to take on the important responsibility of overseeing the animals in a wildlife conservation centre such as HESC. Our followers often hear us talk of Linri, our head curator, so we thought we would tell you a little more about her, and what her responsibilities are at HESC. Linri’s career at HESC started in 2015, four years ago, but she has held the position of head curator…
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MEET BULLET FROM THE HESC ANTI-POACHING K9 UNIT

They may be behind the scenes the majority of the time, but our Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) anti-poaching K9’s are some of the most respected and important members of our HESC family. Their first and foremost priority is to patrol and protect our perimeters with their handlers, providing additional security, over and above the security systems which we also have in place to protect the precious wildlife in our care….
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Meet our Assistant Manager, Jeanre Brooks

Jeanre Brooks, who is more commonly known as “Tabs”, has dedicated the past ten years of her life to conservation, and working for HESC.  Currently employed as our Operations Manager/Assistant manager, Jeanre works side by side with our General Manager, Karen Swiegers, who celebrates her tenth year at HESC in November too. Together they make a great team. Jeanre’s first role was that of a field guide, which she started…
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The Story of little NODDY – A Little Dog with a Formidable Heart.

Nine years ago, in 2009, little Noddy was brought to us at HESC, and it was love at first sight for us all. This brave little Miniature Pinscher had been born physically disabled, his mother was a breeding dog, and sadly the breeders did not want to take on the responsibility of looking after him. A harsh reality of what happens in the breeding world. It seemed his forelegs did…
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Meet Elephant Carer – Israel Shambira

His jovial face and beaming smile, makes Israel Shambira a very hard person to forget. That paired with his undeniable passion for his work, makes him a real asset to our orphaned elephant care team. Israel adores every minute that he has, caring for Mopane.  He stresses how important it is to have a close connection to a baby elephant and for them to have constant love surrounding them, with sincere connections,…
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