Category Archives: Releases

PRESS RELEASE: British Princess attended release of a cheetah in a wilderness reserve

HESC released a seven year old captive-bred female cheetah in the Pidwa Wilderness Reserve during January 2019. The release formed part of the Southern African cheetah meta-population programme facilitated by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), and entails selectively releasing captive-bred cheetahs to enhance the genetic diversity of the limited number of free-ranging members of the species in Southern Africa. The release is conducted in three stages. The first stage entailed a…
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PEPPER, THE CARACAL, WAS RELEASED

Last week, we released Pepper, the caracal onto the Kapama Private Game Reserve. Pepper was a problem animal previously before he came to us. He arrived when he was still quite young and stayed with us until he was the the right age to be released in to a suitable environment. Pepper was released onto the private game reserve as it is a Big 5 game reserve and he would not…
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MISS PIGGY, OUR BUSH PIG PATIENT, GET’S RELEASED

Miss Piggy, the little bush pig that joined us in July 2018, has fully healed and are stronger than ever. After being seriously injured, our team assisted with the amazing Dr Rodgers to get the little one back on track and ready to be released back to the wild. Earlier this week, Miss Piggy said goodbye to her temporary family here at HESC to once again go roam the grass…
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Update on Cheetah Release on Pidwa Wilderness Reserve

On the 29th January 2019, HESC released a captive-bred female cheetah named Tilla into Pidwa Wilderness Reserve. We have a positive update from Katie Rooke, who has advised that Tilla is doing exceptionally well, and has been spotted on numerous occasions. She seems to be using the central area of the reserve, and not seen as much around the fences. A day or so after her release, an entire impala…
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HESC RELEASES A CHEETAH IN A WILDERNESS RESERVE

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) is pleased to announce that we have released a captive-bred female cheetah in the Pidwa Wilderness Reserve yesterday, Tuesday 29 January 2019. The release forms part of the Southern African cheetah meta-population programme facilitated by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and entails selectively releasing captive-bred cheetahs to enhance the genetic diversity of the limited number of free-ranging members of the species in southern Africa. HESC…
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