Student update – 21 September 2012

Students washing the lion damStudents washing the lion dam

We have had an amazing first week at HESC,  seeing cheetahs, lions and small cats every day is fantastic! The staff are friendly and always willing to answer our questions, and have cooked us some local delicacies.

This week some highlights were visiting the local vet, Dr Greg Simpson in Hluvukani Acornhoek with rural cattle.

Students at Provet with Dr. Peter Rogers with a wildog that was caught in a snareStudents at Provet with Dr Peter Rogers with a wild dog that was caught in a snare

We also assisted in taking a snared wildog to the vet, Dr Peter Rogers to have a bandage changed. Trips this week have been to the Blyde River Canyon, which has beautiful scenery.

Pat holding a python at Khamai Reptile Park with Given one of the guidesPat holding a python at Khamai Reptile Park with Given, one of the guides

We also went to the Reptile Park where, as well as learning about the different reptiles, we also were able to hold many of them!

Youngsters having lunchYoungsters having lunch

For most of us the biggest highlights have been assisting in the preparation and feeding of the cheetahs and cats. Our interaction this week has been with Savanna, the Serval, which was amazing! Listening to the lion roar at night and sitting around a campfire is so lovely. We all can’t wait for what’s still to come.

Watch this space 🙂