Dec 29, 6 years ago

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC)

If you’ve always had a passion for the fastest cat in the world, and you want to get close to them then the Hoedspruit cheetah project is the one for you! Get involved in various aspects of animal rehabilitation at both the Endangered Species Sanctuary and the Big Five Game Reserve.
The Hoedspruit cheetah project at the Endangered Species Centre deals with sick, orphaned and breeding cheetah as well as the very endangered king cheetah. Volunteers will have the chance to get involved with the animals rehabilitation, which also entails feeding the animals at least twice a week.

“What an amazing experience I had at HESC everything from feeding rhino’s to actually dressing up as one!  The staff at HESC were magnificent and some of the most dedicated and hardworking people I have ever met. It exceeded every expectation.  The day to day activities at HESC included feeding cheetahs, rhinos, wild cats and many other animals.  Although the days were long and the work quite hard at times the satisfaction at the end of each day was worth it.  You were encouraged to exceed your limitations and work as a team.  I have made friends with people I know I will keep in touch with, and I have had experiences that I never dreamed I would have.   It was a privilege to contribute to the wonderful conservation work that goes on here, I even got the opportunity to talk with Kingsley Holgate when he visited the centre, what a legend”

– Susan Rodgers, May – June 2016


“The best experience I have ever had! The staff are fantastic, they make you feel so welcome, look after you and are lots of fun. The animals are fantastic too, got to a lot of different wildlife that I have never even heard of before. The excursions that they plan are great too and I am hoping to go back next year!! “

– Leanne Tunaley

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