HOEDSPRUIT ENDANGERED WILDLIFE SPECIES CENTRE

 Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa

Behind the scene images of Blackbean Productions with Megan Carr on location at HESC 2015


Rhinos in Africa  enjoys  a very  close relationship with HESC .  This relationship began in early 2014 Megan Carr was invited to witness Dr Peter Rogers and the Saving the Survivors team of wildlife vets perform life saving medical facial reconstruction procedures on two female Rhino namely Dingle Dell and Lions Den.  

In  the latter part of the same year  Megan Carr of Rhinos in Africa visited HESC as a guest of Camp Jabulani and was able to visit Gertjie who was the first adopted male orphan calf Rhino at HESC. 
  
In early 2015 Megan Carr and Blackbean Production spent four days living at HESC. They filmed and photographed the orphaned male Rhinos Gertjie and Matimba.  They also filmed the surviving female Rhinos Dingle Dell and Lions Den. They interviewed Adine Roode the co-founder and owner of HESC as well as Dr Peter Rogers the wildlife vet, who is very closely associated with HESC.  They also conducted interviews with the Rhino carers and the anti-poaching unit.  

Rhinos in Africa and Blackbean Productions released short documentary called Every Single Rhino Counts.   

 


Megan Carr visited HESC again in 2015 with Blackbean Productions and once again filmed and photographed Gertjie and Matimba and Dingle Dell and Lions Den.  

Blackbean Productions visited HESC for a third time in 2015 to film a new orphan called Balu.  This extra footage has been used in another short documentary which has been featured on the National Geographic platform.   



Rhinos in Africa continues to support HESC by raising awareness for the sanctuary on all social media platforms and by organising special events.  The running costs of a Rhino sanctuary are enormous.  There have also been special instances where HESC has required urgent special assistance.  The first such instance was to help save the life of a beautiful Rhino Bull.  He had survived a Rhino poaching on a nearby game reserve but needed extra urgent medical assistance.  His name was #72. Specialised medical equipment was flown in to HESC but sadly #72 did not survive.  

In early  2016 a tiny male Elephant was rescued from a drain in a nearby mine.  He was rushed to HESC for urgent medical treatment.  Amanzi received round the clock medical treatment and was cared for by experienced  Elephant grooms and carers from Camp Jabulani.  Rhinos in Africa assisted by bringing in specialised milk formula from the United Kingdom.  Amanzi rallied for a while but then sadly died.  He had simply been in the water for too long his lungs never fully recovered from the ordeal.  

Elephants, unlike Rhino are notoriously difficult to hand rear.   They suffer from extreme stress when they lose their mothers.


By April 2016,  the numbers of rescued Rhinos at HESC had risen to eleven.  One of the newly acquired  orphans, Philippa, survived a vicious poaching attack on a neighbouring game reserve.  Philippa  has undergone numerous highly specialised medical treatments to reconstruct her face.  Rhinos in Africa invited leading conservationists and students to attend one such medical treatment which was carried out by her wildlife vet Dr Peter Rogers. 

In attendance at the procedure was Dr Hannah Mumby (PH.D Elephant Ecology at Cambridge)  Dr Mumby is presently collaborating with Elephants Alive, where she studying the genetics and life history of male Elephants and Elephant communication.  Scott Chui (M.Phil candidate from the University of Hong Kong) who is studying the socio-special ecology of the African Elephant at Elephants Alive.  Single Mathebula a qualified and very experienced Field Guide with Elephants Alive.  Robin Cook (BSC Zoology and Ecology WITS) is presently studying Elephants, Marulas and Bees at Elephants Alive.  Roger Munro a Field Assistant at Elephants Alive and Rosemary Alles the founder of GMFER who has moved from the USA to collaborate with Elephants Alive.  

Dr Peter Rogers and a colleague have developed a very unique method of keeping Philippa's wound sealed.  Not only does it protect the wound it also aids the healing.  Phillipa is doing incredibly well.  She lives with the other two survivors Dingle Dell and Lions Dens.   

Megan Carr with Balu and Stomp photographed by Adine Roode.


Rhinos in Africa visited HESC again in May 2016.  This successful sanctuary requires continued financial support.   The costs to cover the expenses of the ever increasing amount of Rhino orphans and survivors is alarming.  

The drought in this area of Limpopo Province, South Africa has been severe. There is not enough natural food to feed the Rhinos orphans that are old enough to feed themselves. Lucerne is brought in to supplement their feed.  These are unexpected costs and they are astronomical.  Naturally security remains of major concern.  The bomas are being upgraded continually to make sure that the Rhinos are as safe as possible.  

Please consider supporting this incredible organisation.  There are numerous convenient methods in which to do so.   Please visit their new website www.hesc.co.za