A visit to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, or HESC, is a must for all animal lovers, as it is home to a variety of endangered species, like wild dogs, blue cranes, and cheetahs. Day tours include trips on open safari vehicles with a knowledgeable guide providing an overview of their conservation programs, and a visit to the curio shop, where you can buy handcrafted goods and informative books.
HESC maintains a strict policy of no contact or interaction with animals kept on the property. Our policy is aligned with international trends based on animal ethics and welfare and is aimed at ensuring the safety and health of both animals and visitors. Our policy further endorses the right of animals to live a life without fear, which is often the consequence of close contact with humans with whom they are not acquainted. We avoid human-imprinting, whereby the animals will identify more with humans than with their own species and cause them to become problem animals once released.