Category Archives: Cheetahs

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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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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