Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre - HESC
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) is living proof that people can make a difference to the long-term survival of the planet and its animal inhabitants.
HESC focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animal species. Cheetah Conservation is one of its core disciplines.
The centre is actively involved in research; breeding of endangered animal species; the education of learners, students and the general public in conservation and conservation-related activities; tourism; the release and establishment of captive-bred cheetahs in the wild; the treatment and rehabilitation of wild animals in need (including poached rhinos); and anti-poaching initiatives on the reserve.
HESC is home to a variety of animal species including (but not limited to) African wild cat, ground hornbill, sable antelope, lion, cheetah, and rhino. Some of these animals are at the centre as part of their breeding programme, while others were brought in because they were injured, orphaned or in need of rehabilitation. Some animals were also brought in by wildlife authorities after being confiscated or rescued from unfavorable environments.
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Very nice tour with lots of interesting facts ! This is a must do, the ticket price is really low fo... - Thibaut Vacca.
Very nice tour with lots of interesting facts ! This is a must do, the ticket price is really low for what you can discover there.
Thibaut Vacca experienced the Standard Tour
Duran & Lorena
We had an amazing time. Our guide Shaun was incredible, he even stopped a Rhino attack! Beautiful animals and each with their own story and path. The center does an astounding job in conservation and release of various species, especially cheetahs. We were so happy to see a female cheetah jump up a tree, 4 beautiful rhinos and the baby rhino Esme with her peculiar friend, the cutest baby leopard and 2 well hidden adults, meerkats, wild dogs, lions and the very important birds of prey at their big restaurant. An overall incredible experiece for us and something we didn't want to miss. Thank you so much! Bler & Lospixel
Duran & Lorena experienced the Cheetah Focus Tour
This tour is amazing and the guide we had was very kind. What they do in this Centre is awesome. We discovered they have a Volunteer program to help them out with all the hard work this place require, we're really thinking about it. Hope to go there again, but for an in depth experience now.
Matteo Veneri experienced the Standard Tour
A wonderfully experiance
Albert Render experienced the Standard Tour