HESC, The Setting For "A Cheetah Cub's Tail"
A Cheetah Cub's Tail takes place at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) which has been at the forefront of cheetah conservation for over 20 years. Most people are not aware that the cheetah is the most endangered of the big cats in Africa. Cheetahs have been on the Earth for 3.5 to 4 million years but in only the last 100 their population has decreased by a staggering 90%. Breeding programs, like the one at HESC are vital to expanding the cheetah's gene pool and helping to ensure the long term survival of the species. The camera is meant to bring awareness to the dangers cheetahs are facing and promote further conservation by making it accessible to the internet's global audience.
From the HESC Website:
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah Conservation is one of their core disciplines.
The Centre is actively involved in:
- The breeding of endangered, vulnerable or rare animal species
- The release and establishment of captive-bred cheetahs to the wild
- The treatment and rehabilitation of orphaned or injured animals which are brought to the Centre
- The education of learners, students and the general public in conservation and conservation activities
- A hands-on Student's Programme to conservation and adventure enthusiasts from around the world.
The Centre is a non−profitable organization ploughing all funds back into nature conservation in order to help ensure the continued survival of all endangered animal species. Today the Centre has established itself as one of the leaders in the breeding and research of endangered species. Besides this the Centre also provides a safe haven for orphaned and sick animals and also offers an education centre where the public and our younger generations can learn about endangered species by observing them at close range.
We encourage all our viewers to visit the HESC website, and if possible the centre itself for the brilliant guided tour of their facility. You can also check out the HESC Facebook Page and HESC Twitter Feed.