Category Archives: Gertjie

Lente Roode on the release of Gertjie and Matimba

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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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What Have Our Rhinos Been Up To? You Ask…

It has been so heart-warming to witness the changes among our incredible crash of rhinos at HESC and to see them all going from strength to strength. Watching their unique personalities play out and the bonds between them developing is truly beautiful. One thing that unites them all is a continued improvement and growing comfort in themselves and their environments at HESC. They are a beloved part of our family…
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He ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother – Orphaned Rhino, Matimba’s Journey at HESC.

He was not more than one month old, and weighed a mere sixty kilograms. They say that he and his mother were most likely enjoying a mud bath together, when the gruesome attack happened. He would have watched, helplessly,  as his mother was slaughtered in front of him and left for dead. The attack happened on the 19th November, and a tiny baby rhino, was found on the 20th November,…
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Gertjie, the Orphaned Rhino at HESC who stole the world’s heart.

Gertjie is a household name for countless animal lovers around the world. This special rhino opened the hearts and the eyes of the world, to the harsh reality of rhino poaching. At just under three months old, he witnessed the brutal murder of his mother, by rhino poachers. Not only did he have to watch the horrific attack, but was then left all on his own, next to her lifeless…
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