Tag Archives: wild cats

HESC rescues leopard cub

Share this article… On Wednesday 8 March, we received a call from Musina, a town in the northernmost part of Limpopo Province. HESC was requested to come to the rescue of a baby leopard that had been spotted in a big tree. People working nearby had been keeping an eye on the little one to see if the mother was anywhere in the vicinity. After a few days without a sign…
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Two cheetah cubs treated for eye infection

Share this article… Two of our young cheetah cubs recently developed an eye infection. This was caused by grass seeds which entered both their right eyes. We’ve had substantial rains in the past weeks which has resulted in the grass growing significantly long in a short space of time. Unfortunately, this can have its own disadvantages. According to Dr. Peter Rogers from Provet, the seeds are so small and, therefore,…
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The survival and genetic diversity of the cheetah

Share this article… The Cheetah is classified as vulnerable in the IUCN red list . This is due to different factors, but most importantly the poor genetic diversity in the species. Many researchers believe this came about 10 000 years ago when extreme climatic changes drove many animal species to extinction. The cheetah species that survived this period (now known as Acinonyx jubatus) found itself in a genetic bottleneck with…
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CITES-accredited HESC conducts cheetah DNA profiling

Share this article… HESC strives to support conservation within the context of a sustainable ecosystem by focusing on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animal species. Cheetah Conservation is one of our core disciplines. We mainly focus on the survival of endangered species through the maintenance of diverse bloodlines of our cheetahs, rehabilitation of rhinos, education of the local and international communities about the relevance of conservation and focused…
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Cheetah, Mary Jane becomes a mom to six cubs

Share this article…  Life hasn’t always been easy for female cheetah Mary Jane. We are thus very happy to announce the successful recent birth of six healthy cheetah cubs to this first-time mother! Sired by male cheetah, Tristan, the cubs were born on the 22nd of June 2016. It is still too early to tell the sex of the cubs, as we try to ensure that there’s very little human…
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