Tag Archives: Anti-poaching dog

Ella joins HESC APU unit

Poachers beware; the newest member of our K-9 anti-poaching unit will start with her training this week. Ella, now eight weeks old, is a Dutch Shepherd dog that was donated to us by prominent Pretoria breeder Dr. Johan Klopper. Although still an adorable puppy, she is being trained to join Nicor in patrolling and protecting our borders, together with our K-9 handlers and the Black Mamba guards. Ella has an…
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Ensuring the safety of our animals – a Black Mambas Update

The alarming escalation of poaching in South Africa has resulted in HESC increasingly being requested to provide sanctuary to injured and orphaned elephant and rhino calves. But, providing treatment and rehabilitation is one thing. Ensuring the safety of the often already traumatised animals is something completely different and a factor of which we never lose sight. At HESC the safety of our animals and their wellbeing is paramount and we…
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Why we love the APU dogs

It is said that dog and man initiated their relationship between 10 000 and 20 000 years ago when dog ancestors followed man throughout his migrations. Dogs are known as man’s best friend, our closest companions, our protectors and even lifesavers. Numerous accounts testify of this, from treating mental illness and depression to even halting death. This seems to be something that dogs are well equipped to do, as they halt death…
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Update on Bullet, our anti-poaching puppy

Time sure does fly! This cute little bright-eyed puppy will be turning nine months soon. Bullet is not only growing fast, but he’s turning into a handsome young chap. Bullet is healthy and doing great. Tracking is one of his favourite activities and he excels at it. He gets very excited when it’s time to go tracking, and can already track humans. One can almost see how proud this Malinois hound…
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Bullet’s visit to the vet – 19 July 2016

On 19th July, we took Bullet to ProVet Wildlife Services, in Hoedspruit, for his vaccination and general examination. Dr Liesel Steinmann was the vet on call, and attended to the puppy. We are pleased that at just 11 weeks old, Bullet weighs a good 4.9kg; a steady increase from the 3.5kg he weighed on the 4th of July. On arrival, Bullet received a full clinical examination which was followed by…
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