Tag Archives: Wildlife Conservation

The Kindness of Individuals in the Rhino Crisis

Last month, we at HESC spent a day with Investec and British actor, Nicholas Pinnock, and American actress, Shannon Elizabeth dehorning rhinos, in a campaign to expose international audiences to the realities of the rhino crisis. Investec set up the Investec Rhino Lifeline  as a way to do their part for rhinos: by educating young people, aiding rhino rescues and focusing on ways to reduce the demand for rhino horns….
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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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The introduction of Shawu to the Jabulani elephant herd – by Adine Roode

I’m sharing this story from two perspectives – mine and that of Tigere Matipedza. Adine Roode Shawu walked for over 18 km, leaving HESC just after sunrise. It was a brisk walk with stops in between to drink water, take mud baths and rest his feet. I was so proud of him and how amazingly well he coped on the walk. I could see that his daily walks on the…
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Another successful introduction of an elephant orphan to the Camp Jabulani herd – By Adine Roode

Our little orphaned elephant Shawu was accepted by the Jabulani herd on Saturday, 7 April 2018, making it the fourth orphaned calf that was successfully introduced to and accepted by the Jabulani herd. Shawu was found wandering alone along the R40 road between Klaserie and Hoedspruit in November 2016. We were contacted to take custody of this baby elephant as he was distressed, thirsty and hungry and we have the…
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HESC @Dawn and @ Dusk by Gerrit Janse Van Devender

Describing HESC@DAWN: When you hear the word dawn and you find yourself in the savanna biome, it sounds like a wonderful experience. You find the most beautiful surroundings and that is what you can expect on this tour. This tour at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) is especially for those who want to be close to natural beauty in the crisp morning air and out in the bush.  Instead of…
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