Fact Sheets



About H.E.S.C

about hoedspruit endangered species centre
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) has established itself as one of the leading private research and breeding facilities for endangered species in the country.


Camp Jabulani’s guests are offered the VIP opportunity to visit HESC during their stay, or to participate on a full day exclusive experience at the facility in the Pioneer for Change Programme or the African Elephant Conservation project at the lodge itself.


The centre, established by Lente Roode in the late 1980’s, began as a cheetah breeding centre and has evolved to become a world-renowned research and breeding establishment for various southern African endangered species. It opened its doors to the public in 1990.


The HESC aims to make an important contribution towards the conservation of southern Africa’s endangered wildlife for future generations. This is achieved by:

  • Promoting, co-ordinating and conducting conservation research and educational programmes relating to all endangered species in order to ensure their long-term survival.
  • Developing conservation strategies which are beneficial to both wildlife and tourism.
  • Creating awareness – particularly with younger people – about the importance of wildlife, and the need to conserve it.


The Centre’s veterinarian operates an animal hospital that comprises a fully-equipped operating theatre, quarantine section and various monitoring facilities. The hospital facility is regularly used to assist in the rehabilitation of injured or disabled animals.


The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre comprises in excess of 100 hectares of natural bush, and is situated a short drive from Camp Jabulani within the natural reserve.


To learn more about the work done by HESC, click here to visit their website.

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