Category Archives: Releases

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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Update on Cheetah Release on Pidwa Wilderness Reserve

On the 29th January 2019, HESC released a captive-bred female cheetah named Tilla into Pidwa Wilderness Reserve. We have a positive update from Katie Rooke, who has advised that Tilla is doing exceptionally well, and has been spotted on numerous occasions. She seems to be using the central area of the reserve, and not seen as much around the fences. A day or so after her release, an entire impala…
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HESC RELEASES A CHEETAH IN A WILDERNESS RESERVE

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) is pleased to announce that we have released a captive-bred female cheetah in the Pidwa Wilderness Reserve yesterday, Tuesday 29 January 2019. The release forms 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. HESC…
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Rehabilitated rhino poaching survivors, Lion’s Den and Dingle Dell, are released back into the wild.

Five years after two rhinos survived a vicious poaching attack that left them severely injured and a bull dead, they have been returned to the wild. Fully rehabilitated, but dehorned to deter further poaching attacks, they are living testimony of the rehabilitation work the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) performs on injured and orphaned animals brought to the Centre. On Monday 3 December, Lion’s Den and Dingle Dell, two white…
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Small-spotted Genet Cats – Soft release at Jabulani – November 2018

A few months ago, HESC was approached to assist with three small-spotted genet kittens that had been found in the Sabi Sands. They were approximately a week old at the time,  and could fit inside the palm of a hand. Lente Roode naturally accepted them, and hand-reared them for a while before then letting assistant curator, Natasha Roscherr, take on the responsibility, which she did successfully. Once they were strong…
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