Category Archives: What’s been going on

A Blue Crane love story – two eggs have just been laid!

We have such exciting news from HESC, this monday morning! Donsie the female blue crane at HESC, has officially laid two eggs, for the first time.  John and Donsie are our breeding pair of blue cranes at HESC, that visitors can see as they arrive at the centre, as they are close to the entrance. They share their home with Bokkie Bok and Maroela, the duikers. There are 15 crane…
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Our little Bushpig Patient at HESC

We took in a new patient at HESC recently, the sweetest little female Bushpig, who was not more than three months old, when she arrived. Our centre got the call on the 29th July, that an injured bushpig had been found, and was in badly injured. Our General manager, Karen Swiegers, went to go fetch the little patient straight away. We called in wildlife vet, Dr Peter Rogers, to take a…
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre sinks borehole to outwit elephants

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) has found a solution to provide in its daily water needs that elephants and other wild animals on the neighbouring reserve cannot jeopardise. The solution entailed sinking two boreholes on the premises recently. Although the sustainability and exact volume of the water is still being established, indications are that the present 9 000 litres per day will continue. The African wildlife sanctuary that focuses on…
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An unusual romance between our Southern ground hornbills

In the wild, the romance between two Southern ground hornbills involves a quick courtship. The male almost immediately chooses his mate for life, and lavishes her with gifts until she accepts. For the female, it’s all about who brings her the biggest gift. For Gumpie and Skewie, our resident Southern ground hornbills, this courtship has taken a little more time. They may not exactly always be ‘romantic’ towards each other,…
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Our baby rhinos’ mud bath gets an upgrade

The mud bath that our four young orphans – Gertjie, Matimba, Stompie and Balu – share was getting a little ‘tight’, and rapidly become too small for their formidable frames. So our Wildlife Conservation Experience (WCE) participants came to the rescue and spent a long, hot afternoon improving their favourite space. This involved extending the sides of the pit, and in-so-doing providing a lot more space to accommodate all four…
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