Tag Archives: Animal Conservation

PEPPER, THE CARACAL, WAS RELEASED

Last week, we released Pepper, the caracal onto the Kapama Private Game Reserve. Pepper was a problem animal previously before he came to us. He arrived when he was still quite young and stayed with us until he was the the right age to be released in to a suitable environment. Pepper was released onto the private game reserve as it is a Big 5 game reserve and he would not…
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MISS PIGGY, OUR BUSH PIG PATIENT, GET’S RELEASED

Miss Piggy, the little bush pig that joined us in July 2018, has fully healed and are stronger than ever. After being seriously injured, our team assisted with the amazing Dr Rodgers to get the little one back on track and ready to be released back to the wild. Earlier this week, Miss Piggy said goodbye to her temporary family here at HESC to once again go roam the grass…
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Orphaned baby elephant successfully introduced to Jabulani herd

A baby elephant that has been in the care of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) for the past 16 months, was successfully introduced to the resident Jabulani herd early April, and will remain with the herd going forward. The little elephant, whom we named Shawu, was found wandering on his own, along the R40 between Klaserie and Hoedspruit in November 2016.  He was brought to HESC, where we have…
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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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Raising an elephant

Anyone who has had the privilege to have had children will tell you that raising a baby, is far from easy. Human children need to be fed quality food for continual and optimal growth. A baby elephant is not much different and in many ways caretakers at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) note the same challenges. Arriving at HESC, usually underfed, dehydrated and tired, the very first challenge is…
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