HoedspruitEndangeredSpeciesCentre logoWith MySchool funds, Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is helping to raise awareness and funding for orphaned rhinos and other endangered species.

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. Proud to be a MySchool beneficiary, HESC is focused on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animal species like our treasured rhinos and cheetahs.

As a unique African wildlife sanctuary, HESC is expanding its facilities to help rescue and take care of orphaned and injured rhinos, as well as cheetahs, while providing anti-poaching initiatives on the reserve.


Rescued rhinos

As more rhinos are killed each year, HESC provides land, facilities and help in the care and relocation of rhinos. The protection of each and every rhino is critical to the conservation of the genetic viability of the species, where wounded and orphaned rhinos are given a second chance, whatever the cost. Three of the 11 rescued rhinos are adult females, with eight young orphaned calves. 

The costs of care can be high, but much-needed MySchool funds are put to good use, as in the case of young Muddy the rhino:


Meet Muddy

Muddy arrived on 4 May 2016, around two weeks old and weighing 50kg. Within only four weeks Muddy has gained 10kg and has a large appetite where, if he could, he would probably drink milk all day.

Drinking nearly two litres of milk per feed, MySchool funds are used to meet Muddy the rhino’s daily milk requirements which add up to around R205 per day. You can just imagine how much he needs…


Muddy is playful in nature and loves playing with his brother Nhlanhla, who he chases around the boma, and while he’s not quite as affectionate as the others, he really enjoys a good head rub. Find out more about Muddy: hesc.co.za/2016/05/orphaned-rhino-bull-muddy-arrives-at-hesc/

Cheetah conservation

One of HESC’s core disciplines is cheetah conservation. The centre is actively involved in research and breeding of endangered animal species, the release of captive-bred cheetahs in the wild and rehabilitation of wild animals in need. Along with tourism, HESC is also helping to educate learners, students and the public in conservation activities and anti-poaching initiatives.