Category Archives: Lions Den & Dingle Dell

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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Dingle Dell’s Five Year Journey at HESC, since her arrival in September 2018.

Looking at Dingle Dell today, it is hard to imagine the gruesome sight we first witnessed five years ago, when both she and Lion’s Den arrived at our centre, in September 2013. She endured and survived a heinous attack by rhino poachers, who had sawn her horn off and left her to die. Luckily she was found in time, and brought to us at HESC to treat her and rehabilitate…
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Rescued Rhino Lion’s Den’s Journey at HESC, since September 2013.

Five years ago, on the 4th September 2013, Lions Den arrived with another female rhino, called Dingle Dell.  They had both been found left for dead, horns missing and gaping wounds from where they had been sawn off with chainsaws. There was another rhino bull with them during the attack, but sadly he died from his injuries. It was our first situation at HESC with rhinos with such severity of…
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The Incredible Journey of Dingle Dell and Lion’s Den, two brave survivors of rhino poaching.

There are two extremely brave Rhino’s in our care at HESC. Their names are Lions Den and Dingle Dell, both of which are females. They were brought to HESC on the 4th September 2013, after a brutal attack on these two cows as well as a bull, who sadly did not make it. They had been darted by rhino poachers, and their horns removed with a chainsaw, which left their sinus…
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Lion’s Den Treatment: An update – 18 July 2015

Lion’s Den and Dingle Dell are reunited after the procedure A little over five months since the rhino cow’s last treatment, on the 18th July 2015 Lion’s Den had to undergo another procedure. We have been working on Lion’s Den’s wound for the last 23 months – a total of 25 treatments involving approximately 300-400 screws. The initial wound extended right into the sinus canal, and although it appeared to have…
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