Category Archives: Cheetahs

Three years of birthday celebrations, with King Cheetahs, Zoe and Zian

Zoe and Zian are two King cheetahs that were born,  to HESC on 29 July 2015. Just five months after their birth, they had the good fortune of a visit to our centre by Gielie and Melanie Nienaber of GNLabour, who have had a great appreciation and passion for animals, for all of their lives. They are frequent visitors to the Kruger National Park, as they love to be as…
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Male Cheetah at HESC has a minor encounter with a Sable Antelope

A few days ago, one of the HESC curators noticed that one of the male cheetahs was wounded. After some investigation, it was clear that the cheetah had managed to get into the Sables camp, and must have been attached in defense, by the Sable Antelope. We took the cheetah to leading wildlife vet, Dr Peter Rogers, to examine him, and luckily the wound was not too serious, it had…
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HESC cheetahs released at Air Force Base are thriving

Two male cheetahs released by HESC at the Air Force Base Makhado (formerly known as Air Force Base Louis Trichardt) in December 2017 have adapted well to their new surroundings. The base is situated in a remote wilderness area of close on 2 600 ha where animals roam free. The cheetahs were donated and released with the purpose of keeping the runways clear of small game to ensure a safe…
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HRH Princess Michael of Kent visits HESC on the eve of her book launch

Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent is visiting the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) prior to launching her book A Cheetah’s Tale in Johannesburg on 28 March 2018. Princess Michael of Kent’s association with Lente Roode, founder of HESC and Camp Jabulani, goes back many years and as the Royal Patron of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre she has visited HESC on numerous occasions. Princess Michael has a long…
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The Cheetah Breeding Project

Why breeding: Cheetah populations are genetically very uniform or monomorphic. This has been caused due to a bottleneck effect with the cheetah population genetics in the wild. Wild cheetahs often occur in small isolated, or patch populations that lead to further narrowing of the gene pool. Therefore, the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre’s (HESC) breeding programme aims to ensure the birth of cheetahs with distinctly different genetic lineages. Where possible these animals are…
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