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The world of a curator: Linri Janse van Rensburg

To give you a peek into the world of a curator, we’re going to be sharing some of their memories and experiences with you from now on. The first is going to be that of Linri Janse van Rensburg, our head curator, on how she hand-reared three little servals together with a tiny leopard. The job of curator not only entails ensuring the wellbeing of animals, but also brings fascinating…
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Meet Natasha Roscherr, our Assistant Animal Curator at HESC

Natasha assists Head Curator Linri Janse van Rensburg in caring for the animals at HESC. This may sound simple, but considering that we have so many different species of different ages and with different needs, it is more complex than one thinks. She checks on all the animals daily, assists with feeding them and providing water and makes sure that they are healthy and well. By detecting a problem early…
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Olivia is back in the wild again

Today, a month ago on World Rhino Day we announced the release of Olivia. We remember how on 20 September 2019, we at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre were over the moon and heart sore at the same time. The time had arrived for Olivia to be released back into the wild where she belongs. It felt like yesterday that she had arrived in April 2016 as a little four-month…
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The Vulture Restaurant at HESC

Following on International Vulture Awareness Day last week, read more about how we contribute to the conservation of the species. Visitors have a treat in store when they visit the Vulture Restaurant on our premises. Feeding frenzy at Vulture Restaurant The vultures and other birds that were seen at our Vulture Restaurant are not kept in captivity and come and go as they please. The restaurant may be a little…
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Farewell and thank to Karen and Jeanre

Today we say goodbye and thank you to Karen Swiegers our General Manager since 2016 and Jeanre Brooks (better known as Tabs), Operational Manager since 2017. After a combined 22 years with us, they are leaving to follow their entrepreneurial dream of sustainable farming. Their contribution over the years was huge. Lente Roode says: “Your dedication and loyalty, passion for the welfare of our animals and genuine concern for your…
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