Lente Roode on releasing cheetahs back into the wild

The release of one of Lente Roode’s cheetahs, Tillie, into the wild on 29 February 2019 was the culmination of what she does at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Yesterday, Monday 11 March, after six weeks in Pidwa, Tillie was released into a 2 000 hectare enclosure where she will remain until she can fend for herself by hunting independently. For more information read the news release and the blog below….
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PRESS RELEASE: British Princess attended release of a cheetah in a wilderness reserve

HESC released a seven year old captive-bred female cheetah in the Pidwa Wilderness Reserve during January 2019. The release formed part of the Southern African cheetah meta-population programme facilitated by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), and entails selectively releasing captive-bred cheetahs to enhance the genetic diversity of the limited number of free-ranging members of the species in Southern Africa. The release is conducted in three stages. The first stage entailed a…
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An Update on Little Raekie the Elephant

By Adine Roode Sunday 3 March 2019 The past few weeks have been challenging at the Jabulani orphanage. Our Jabulani carers and HESC curators have had to pull out all the necessary stops to pull Raekie through a difficult time. She has recently endured heavy spills of diarrhea and bacterial infections that we have been fighting with very specific antibiotics, as the bacterial infection is resistant to some antibiotics. Of…
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PEPPER, THE CARACAL, WAS RELEASED

Last week, we released Pepper, the caracal onto the Kapama Private Game Reserve. Pepper was a problem animal previously before he came to us. He arrived when he was still quite young and stayed with us until he was the the right age to be released in to a suitable environment. Pepper was released onto the private game reserve as it is a Big 5 game reserve and he would not…
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MISS PIGGY, OUR BUSH PIG PATIENT, GET’S RELEASED

Miss Piggy, the little bush pig that joined us in July 2018, has fully healed and are stronger than ever. After being seriously injured, our team assisted with the amazing Dr Rodgers to get the little one back on track and ready to be released back to the wild. Earlier this week, Miss Piggy said goodbye to her temporary family here at HESC to once again go roam the grass…
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