Category Archives: Releases

Rehabilitated rhino poaching survivors, Lion’s Den and Dingle Dell, are released back into the wild.

Five years after two rhinos survived a vicious poaching attack that left them severely injured and a bull dead, they have been returned to the wild. Fully rehabilitated, but dehorned to deter further poaching attacks, they are living testimony of the rehabilitation work the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) performs on injured and orphaned animals brought to the Centre. On Monday 3 December, Lion’s Den and Dingle Dell, two white…
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Small-spotted Genet Cats – Soft release at Jabulani – November 2018

A few months ago, HESC was approached to assist with three small-spotted genet kittens that had been found in the Sabi Sands. They were approximately a week old at the time,  and could fit inside the palm of a hand. Lente Roode naturally accepted them, and hand-reared them for a while before then letting assistant curator, Natasha Roscherr, take on the responsibility, which she did successfully. Once they were strong…
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World Rhino Day 2018 – Dedicated to the memory of Ronnie and Lahliwe

Today is World Rhino Day 2018.  A day that the plight of the rhino is once again highlighted through the strength of social media, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The heartbreaking story of Ronnie and Lahliwe stretches much further back, before the era of social media, whereby now (fortunately), the world has been made aware of the war many of us are fighting to keep the rhino species in existence….
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New information centre operates from HESC premises

The Greater Kruger Information Centre, a new initiative to provide tourist information on the area, was launched last week at HESC. The centre is located on the premises of and at the entrance to HESC. Developed as a partnership of tourism focused organisations in the area, the information centre is aimed at promoting the tourism potential of the Greater Kruger area to tourists and business travellers. The centre will be…
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Back to the wild – the serval release

During March 2017, three serval cats that were confiscated by Nature Conservation were brought to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) to be raised. The plan with the cats was always to release them back into the wild. Life, unfortunately, had other plans and of the three servals, one did not survive. The two brothers, however, have been doing marvellously. They have been growing big and strong! The plan to…
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