Category Archives: Rescued Rhinos @ HESC

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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Lente Roode on the release of Gertjie and Matimba


It’s been a month now since Gertjie and Matimba have been back in the wild and from the reports we are receiving the two have adapted very well to their new environment. They still barely leave each other’s side and have been exploring their new environment non-stop, Gertjie in front with Matimba following on his heels. How I miss these two big beautiful animals at HESC. For five years they…
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Gertjie and Matimba’s Five Year Journey from Victims to Victors

Gertjie and Matimba’s extraordinary journeys both started with absolute heartache and sadness, but five-years later continue with hope, pride, love and best of all, freedom. Their stories caught the world’s attention and then stole their hearts too. In 2014, South Africa’s Southern White Rhino population lost 1 215 precious rhinos to the heartless crime of rhino poaching. Rhino poaching statistics had grown steadily since the early 2000s, but 2014 was…
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St Mary’s Investec Hockey Festival 2019

From 3 to 7 April 2019, St Mary’s School and Investec hosted the 20th annual hockey festival. The festival not only assists in creating a platform to elevate young women in sport but also helps in raising funds towards Rhino Conservation. This year the total amount of funds raised at the festival was an amazing R184 312, which Investec Rhino Lifeline will match, bringing the total amount raised at the…
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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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