Tag Archives: Orphaned rhinos

WCE – What the experience entails

Standing in front of the gate of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), you are able to see the rustle of employees and flurry of vehicles. You are left waiting in anticipation. What will this experience entail? The WCE is an intensive 21-day programme that will change how you think and feel forever. HESC places particular emphasis on the breeding and maintenance of the cheetah in captivity but their focus…
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Rhino Update

Rhino Update When entering the word “Rhino” into Google, some suggestions pop up like, “Are rhinos mean?”. As with most animals, when not unhinged they are not mean. In fact, their poor eyesight is to blame for what could interpreted as being short-tempered and aggressive. White-rhinos, especially, will charge first and assess the situation afterwards. If you have ever visited for the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) you would know…
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Philippa moves in with Gertjie and Matimba

On the 23rd of September, we moved Philippa from Lion’s Den and Dingle Dell’s camp, to the same enclosure as Gertjie and Matimba. With the arrival of Ike, we’ve had to rethink the dynamics of our Rescued Rhinos @ HESC sanctuary. Seeing that Philippa is about the same size as Gertjie and Matimba, and even closer to them in age, we thought it appropriate for her to be partnered with…
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Our journey with the Rescued Rhinos

We never dreamed we would end up establishing a rhino sanctuary at HESC. But fate would have it differently, and we could never know how our course would change when we took acceptance of two rhino cows in 2013, which had survived a gruesome poaching incident. Lion’s Den and Dingle Dell Lion’s Den and Dingle Dell arrived on the 30th of August 2013. Both their horns had been neatly cut…
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Nhlanhla the rhino receives plasma

Our baby rhino Nhlanhla (Baby N) has been suffering from chronic diarrhea. This has been puzzling to us, as we cannot establish the exact cause. However, you will remember that Baby N was rejected by his mother as a baby, and as a result did not get any colostrum. The lack of colostrum makes him more susceptible to infections. Resident vet, Dr Rogers, has been working closely with Dr Michael (Mike) Hewetson,…
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