Tag Archives: Rhinos

Olivia is back in the wild again

Today, a month ago on World Rhino Day we announced the release of Olivia. We remember how on 20 September 2019, we at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre were over the moon and heart sore at the same time. The time had arrived for Olivia to be released back into the wild where she belongs. It felt like yesterday that she had arrived in April 2016 as a little four-month…
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The Kindness of Individuals in the Rhino Crisis

Last month, we at HESC spent a day with Investec and British actor, Nicholas Pinnock, and American actress, Shannon Elizabeth dehorning rhinos, in a campaign to expose international audiences to the realities of the rhino crisis. Investec set up the Investec Rhino Lifeline  as a way to do their part for rhinos: by educating young people, aiding rhino rescues and focusing on ways to reduce the demand for rhino horns….
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Peas and carrots – the story of David and Esme

It is astonishing to think that a little creature of around 50kg arrived at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center and that they eventually grow to weigh an estimated two tons. The arrival of Esme and the fragility of her story has crept into the hearts of many as it carries the plight of her species forward. Rhino poaching continues to be driven by the demand for rhino horn in Asian…
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New baby rhino, Esme, arrives at HESC – 10 October ‘17

Yesterday evening we welcomed a new baby rhino. Thankfully, this time it was not a case of poaching; however, she needed to be rescued immediately from a situation that could have potentially turned dire without human intervention. A game farm contacted HESC a few days ago, after they had noticed that the calf was not putting on weight but instead losing weight even though she was suckling from her mother….
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Rhino Art @ HESC invites schools to celebrate World Rhino Day on 22 September 2017

World Rhino Day is being celebrated on 22 September this year and the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) is reaching out through its Rhino Art @ HESC project to schools to participate in creating an awareness about the plight of this endangered species in South Africa. Poaching statistics released by the Department for Environmental Affairs in February 2017 show that 1054 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone during 2016, a…
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