HESC rescues leopard cub

Leopard cub at HESC

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.

Tree where leopard cub was spotted

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 of the mother, they decided to investigate. What they discovered was a devastating scene. They found the carcass of the mother leopard, which seemed to have been dead much longer than the cub had been spotted. From what could be gathered, the cub had survived by feeding on the carcass.

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Our curator Christo drove 10 hours to Musina to fetch the cub and arrived back at the centre on the evening of Friday 10 March. The cub was very hungry and extremely thirsty and she was given her first bottle of milk around 8pm. So far, she’s doing well and has been kept with the servals. She’s also eagerly taken to her bottle feeds.

Leopard cub with servals

This was another successful rescue by HESC and we are positive that this little cub’s story will have a happy ending. We plan to have minimum human contact with this leopard cub as this will enable us to release her back into the wild. Until such time comes, she will be kept and safely cared for at HESC.

Leopard cub & servals


  1. Poor orphaned leopard. Thanks to Christo for this rescue.
    I hope this cute baby will be in good shape before to be free in the wild.

  2. Thank you for taking I another orphan. Wish you every success with this new arrival and of course all your other adoptees. Be safe

  3. Naming animals…….I saw a movie many years ago (shot in SA) also about a baby cheetah found on a road. The people adopted the cheetah and named him (cannot remember the name (the title of the film was the cheetahs name). The father in the movie said when naming the cheetah…….”There is a saying in Africa, if you name an animal, you are responsible for that animal for life!” Thank you for naming and caring for these beautiful creatures!

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