Tag Archives: Big Cats

Rescuing Simba the lion cub

The blockbuster movie Lion King made an impression on us all. Big and small were all touched by the heart wrenching story and colourful characters. Now, the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) has its own Lion King story to tell:  how fitting that their lion cub was named after the one and only Simba. The centre received a phone call from the Kruger National Park, close to Phalaborwa as a…
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Update on a few of our released cheetahs

In this blog update, we share with you an update on Aschanti, the female cheetah released on Makutsi, and the three cheetahs that were released onto Blue Canyon. All is well with Aschanti, the female cheetah released onto Makutsi Game Reserve. A short while ago, the staff at Makutsi were convinced that Aschanti had had a litter. This was based on the fact that she had been sticking around the…
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Part of HESC’s core focus of cheetah conservation includes research

Recently Dr. Cobus Raath and his team from Wildlife Pharmaceuticals approached us to ask for assistance with their new project, which aimed to better understand the anaesthesia of cheetah by using a combination drug known as BAM (Butorphanol / Azaperone / Medetomidine). Our involvement in the study was important to assess its effect on captive cheetahs. We did not hesitate to oblige, considering the potential benefit to all cheetahs in…
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Caesar is treated for Arthritis

Dr Rogers paid a visit to The Centre on the 17th of September to treat Caesar, our old male lion, for arthritis. Caesar is now well into his retirement years, and as such is afflicted with the debilitating condition, but he has been receiving treated on a regular basis to make sure the effects are minimal. As is the standard procedure, the big male lion was first darted to bring…
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Cheetah Personality: Scarecrow’s brother

Our spotlight this month is on cheetah, Scarecrow’s Brother. This cheetah is quite a character. He is often spotted climbing trees but has a penchant for one particularly tree which is close to his enclosure’s fence. He likes to balance himself on the tree and the adjacent fence, and spends long hours watching the curators as they pass below.  Keep an eye out for this one, as he certainly has…
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