January Student – Introduction

Student Programme

HESC offers people the opportunity to experience the Centre in an intensive and hands-on 21-day programme. During the varsity holidays (June to August) this is limited to students (18 and 35 years), although for the rest of the year we welcome all ages.

It is divided into three main sections: Participation, Conservation and Sight Seeing.

The main focus of the programme is on the cheetah, and throughout their stay participants are involved in the everyday care of these magnificent animals. This includes cleaning, feeding, and where required, assisting with or observing any veterinary activities that may occur during their stay. These same activities also apply to other species being cared for at the Centre. Click here to read more.

New Intake: 3rd – 23rd January 2012

A warm welcome to Marnel Muller, who joined us on Tuesday for the full three week programme. She’s our first student for the year and the only one on this rotation. Flying solo definitely has its perks though, such as having a room to yourself, and getting to spend extra time with the Centre’s many residents. The HESC staff are also pretty friendly, so Marnel won’t be short of good company! We’re at the height of our hot season right now, while Canada is probably hiding beneath a blanket of snow. Let’s hope our intrepid adventurer packed accordingly!

Marnel Muller

Marnel Muller

Hi, my name is Marnel and I’m 18 years old. I just graduated from high school and am taking a gap year before continuing my studies at the University of Waterloo. I’ll be in the Environment and Resource Studies co-op program, so this is a great way for me to gain some valuable work experience in the meantime. I love wild cats, especially the cheetah. I’m very interested in learning more about conservation, particularly with regards to African cats. HESC sounded like a fun adventure and gave me a good reason to come back to South Africa, a country I grew up in and love. I now live in Ontario, Canada.

Remember to visit Facebook or Flickr to see what I’ve been up to!

Greetings from Africa,