Category Archives: Cheetahs

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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A procedure to check on Sheila the Cheetah’s hind legs – February 2019

On Monday 18 February, we asked wildlife vet, Dr. Peter Rogers, to assess Sheila the cheetah’s hind legs. They appeared to be quite stiff when she walked, and she had troubles standing for long periods. Dr. Rogers had to sedate her to check her but could find no evidence of any injuries or reasons for the stiffness. He gave her some pain medication to see if helps as we continue…
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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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World Cheetah Day 2018 – Looking back at our Journey with Cheetahs.

Today is WORLD CHEETAH DAY 2018, a highly significant day for us at HESC. The reason for our existence today, was sparked by Lente Roode’s passion for cheetahs from a young child. At the age of six, Lente was given an orphaned cheetah cub to care for after a neighbouring farmer shot its mother. They called her ‘Sebeka’ and she soon became part of the Schürmann household (Lente’s maiden name). Lente…
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