Category Archives: Conservation

Ella joins HESC APU unit

Poachers beware; the newest member of our K-9 anti-poaching unit will start with her training this week. Ella, now eight weeks old, is a Dutch Shepherd dog that was donated to us by prominent Pretoria breeder Dr. Johan Klopper. Although still an adorable puppy, she is being trained to join Nicor in patrolling and protecting our borders, together with our K-9 handlers and the Black Mamba guards. Ella has an…
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Good News on Sophia, the Cheetah

  After we recently posted on our cheetah Sophiah who has been unwell, we received so many enquiries from supporters that we’d like to update you on her progress and fill those in who may have missed our initial posts. At the beginning of last week she suddenly became very lethargic and disinterested in her food. We contacted Provet Wildlife Services to come and have a look. Dr. Jenine Rabie and…
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AFRICAN WILD DOGS – How much do you know about them?

Do you know your wild dog? Lycaon pictus. You know they’re part of a pack, that you should never get in between them during a chase and that they resemble your own cherished hound at home. But just how much do you know about the African wild dog? Here are a few interesting facts about these endangered animals – their appearance, their years as pups and mums, the hunt and…
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HESC rehabilitates and releases a Southern Ground Hornbill

The team at HESC are delighted to announce a brief and successful rehabilitation and release of a Southern Ground Hornbill back into the wild. Emaciated and very weak when he came to us last month after being found on a wildlife reserve not far from Jabulani, it took barely two and a half weeks to restore his health. With its large form, huge black beak and striking colour on the throat…
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A quick update on Esme

A quick update on Esme and her movements at HESC the last few weeks: Esme stepped into something sharp a few weeks ago and has since been treated for an infection. She is a lot better now but had a to go through a few procedures to make sure the infection did not spread. She had 3 treatments in the course of 2 weeks. Her foot is looking a little…
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