South African National Parks (SANParks) projected in 2010 that some of the cheetahs in its Mountain Zebra National Park might need to be relocated to a different park in near future because the genetic integrity of the cheetah population as well as the park’s ecosystem might otherwise be under certain pressure.
Five cheetahs from the Mountain Zebra National Park population were therefore now relocated to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) in Limpopo as part of their ongoing breeding programme. The cheetahs will remain in quarantine for three months before joining other cheetahs.
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah Conservation is one of their core disciplines. The HESC presents a fascinating insight into rare and vulnerable animal species and animal conservation efforts at large, it offers fun and interactive tours, drives, and excursions. It has a range of accommodation options for visitors looking for a longer stay - an ideal base from which to explore the area.