Category Archives: Rhinos

Update on Lula, our most recent rhino arrival

Share this article…Lula when she first arrived at HESC Lula arrived on 12 February at HESC and was placed in the boma area next door to that of the other younger rhino orphans. She was initially kept separately to give her a chance to calm down, and so she could get use to the humans tending to her. On the first night she spent with us, she was stressed (rightfully…
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HESC partners with Investec Rhino Lifeline (IRL)

Share this article… The year has started on a very good note for us! We have partnered with Investec Rhino Lifeline (IRL) to raise awareness of the plight of rhinos, and to raise funds for the conservation of the critically endangered species. Rhino poaching is one of the most significant conservation issues faced by South Africa and in 2012, Investec Rhino Lifeline was established to respond to the crisis. It…
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HESC receives another orphaned rhino calf

Share this article… On the evening of the 12th February 2016 we took custody of a new rhino calf. She had been found next to her dead mother’s carcass, who was suspected to have been shot dead three days prior at a neighbouring property. Two gunshots were heard on Thursday evening at around 19:20 and rangers set out to investigate, but couldn’t find anything. After about two to three days,…
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Rhino bull, Ike, joins Gertjie, Matimba and Philippa

Share this article…The happy crash The hide-and-seek antics of rhino bull, Ike has presented quite a challenge to our plans to move him in with Gertjie, Matimba and Philippa. Dr Rogers made several attempts over the past couple of weeks to dart him for the move but all were unsuccessful because of Ike’s predilection for hiding. The terrain further thwarted efforts as, due to the good rain the past few weeks,…
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Update on our rhino -
 December 2016

Share this article…Gertjie, Matimba and Philippa Stompie and Balu With the arrival of baby elephant Shawu late in November last year we decided to move Olivia, Khulula and Nhlanhla to Stompie and Balu’s boma. Initially the two sets of rhinos were kept in separate enclosures so we could monitor how they would get along in close proximity. This also allowed them to get use to each other, without being in “each…
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