Welcome, Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre!


Welcome, Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre!

Lente Roode founded the Hoedspruit Cheetah Project (HCP) in 1990 when 35 cheetahs were taken over from the Loskop Dam Cheetah Sanctuary, but the arrival of other animal species led to the name being changed to The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC).  The National Zoological Gardens in Pretoria transferred African Wild Cate, Ground Hornbills, and Bald Ibises to the Centre. African Wild Dogs (captured as ‘problem animals’ by conservation authorities) were also brought in. Blue Crane chicks, which were abandoned after their land was cultivated. Breeding programs for many of these species were instituted at HESC.  The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) is a pioneer in the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animal species.

The Centre is home to cheetahs, rhinos, wild dogs, sable antelope, orphaned elephants and several other indigenous species in need of care. The Centre focuses on the conservation, rehabilitation, and protection of wildlife as well as education and training programs relating to the environment. The Centre is dependent on donations and sponsorships to maintain the various projects undertaken.

If you have a heart for wildlife animals and would like to make a contribution into this organisation, or if you want to give into the various projects they have listed on their profile, click here.