Projects & Programmes
HESC works closely with various organisations to develop effective and ethically minded programmes under the broad umbrella term of ‘conservation’.
Rescued Rhinos @ HESC
The rhino-poaching epidemic that hit South Africa in 2008 has put the survival of the species at extreme risk. With exponential increases in poaching rates, which have shown no signs of slowing, the extinction of the rhino is a distinct possibility.
According to the National Red Data book (2004), the cheetah is currently listed as “vulnerable” in South Africa. This is an improved situation, compared to the global listing of the species as endangered in 1973.
The education of learners, students and the general public in conservation activities is one of HESC’s main objectives. Subsequently, the centre has undertaken a number of educational activities and has partnered with many like-minded organisations and campaigns.
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre has undertaken a number of anti-poaching initiatives to safe guard their rhinos, both at the centre and on the greater Kapama Game Reserve.
HESC, in conjunction with Camp Jabulani (HESC’s sister property), introduced the eco-project in 2010 to assist the Paulos Ngobeni Primary School to grow and enhance their own vegetable gardens, and to facilitate a much needed soup kitchen for the learners and the surrounding community.
Pack for a Purpose
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination.
Fertility in male cheetahs; DNA Studies; Veterinary support facilities.
Founded as a cheetah-breeding project in 1989, HESC soon realised that its infrastructure and facilities could be used to rehabilitate and care for injured, orphaned and traumatized animals.
Wildlife Conservation Experience
HESC offers the opportunity to experience, first hand, the work of the centre. This intensive 21-day programme is divided into 3 main sections: Participation; Conservation; and Sight Seeing. This is for the adventurous spirit looking for a unique African adventure; for the passionate animal lover; and for the conservationist.
The releases of animals to the wild is essentially the final goal in conservation. Whether it is a captive-bred animal or a rehabilitated animal, the goal is to re-establish these animals to the wild, and to their natural habitat.