Tour Destination

    Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

    Project #1

    The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) is actively involved in the education of learners, students and the general public about the necessity of conservation. This includes a community outreach program, and the Rhino youth-art conservation initiative.

    HESC has partnered with the rural school, Lumukisa Preparatory School, located 30 kms from HESC. This partnership gives underprivileged students the opportunity to learn more about endangered wildlife, particularly the cheetah and rhino.

    Groups of 16 learners visit the centre throughout the year, accompanied by 4 teachers. During these visits they assist the staff as they go about their daily duties, and are taught about conservation and the beauty of wildlife.

    An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.


    General School Supplies:
    *Book Bags, *Chalk, *College-Ruled Paper, *Colored Construction Paper, *Colored Pencils, *Compasses, *Crayons, *Dry-Erase Markers, *Erasers, *Glue Sticks, *Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Light Bulbs, *Pencils, *Pencil Cases/Bags, *Pens, *Protractors, *Rulers, *Solar Calculators, *Solar Lantern Lights, and *Wide-Ruled Paper

    Reference Materials:
    (English) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD

    Flash Cards:
    (English) Alphabet, Math, and Word

    Laminated Wall Charts:
    (English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Biology, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

    Hesperian Health Guides:
    (English) Community Guide to Environmental Health, Disabled Village Children, Helping Children Who Are Blind, Helping Children Who Are Deaf, and HIV Health and Your Community

    Art Supplies:
    Acrylic Paints, Acrylic Paint Brushes, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Earring Hooks, Fashion Magazines, Gage Wire, Sewing Needles, Thread, Watercolor Brushes and Paints, and Wire Cutters

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Printers and Working Laptops

    Educational Games/Toys:
    Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble, and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys

    Music Instruments:
    Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Field Hockey Sticks and Balls, Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Tennis Balls and Rackets, and Whistles

    *New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and *New or Gently Used Children’s Shoes

    First Aid/Health:
    Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Sanitary Napkins

    Office Supplies:
    Door Locks, Markers, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers

    Bins, Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, and Spatulas

    Mirrors, Soap, and Toilet Paper

    Books about Gardening, Cloth Caddy for Small Tools, Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Small Pruning Shears, Spades, and Trowel

    Project #2

    The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre has partnered with the Hlokomela Clinic in Hoedspruit. HESC has assisted in a number of initiatives with the clinic in order to educate the local Hoedspruit community about HIV/AIDS and cervical cancer. One of the major goals of the campaign is to give back to the communities where many of HESC’s staff come from.

    The Hlokomela Project, founded in 2005, sends a mobile clinic to HESC each month. The aim is to increase HIV awareness, and educate about prevention and care.

    HESC, along with The Hoedspruit Training Trust and the Global Women’s Health Division in New York, has initiated a program to integrate cervical cancer screening into the HIV services provided at Hlokomela. The Cervical Cancer Prevention Program (CCPP) trains the nurses of the hospital in cervical cancer detection, as well as teaches the women from the community about the disease.

    An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.


    General Medical:
    Ace Bandages, Alcohol Swabs/Wipes, *Band-Aids, Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’), Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’) – Digital, Blood Sugar Machines and Test Strips, Cannulas, First Aid Kits, Gauze, Giving Sets, Hot Packs, Ice/Cold Packs, Needles, Oxygen Tubing, Pen-Torches/Flashlights, Respiratory Masks, Sanitary Napkins, Scissors, Small Scissors, Spacers for Asthmatic Patients, Splints, Tampons, Thermometers (Digital), Tongue Depressors, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Tweezers, Urinary Catheter, and Urine Dipsticks

    Specialist Equipment:
    Fetal Doppler, Laryngoscope, Opthalmoscope, Otoscope, Oxygen Concentrator, Pediatric Laryngoscope, Slit-Lamp, Stethoscope, and USS Doppler and Probe

    Crepe Bandages, Dressings, Forceps, Needle Holders, Plaster of Paris, Speculum, Surgical Gloves, Surgical Scrubs, and Swabs

    Nylon 1, Silk 2/0 (or any non-absorbable equivalent for skin, such as Ethilon), Vicryl 2/0 (or Chromic 2/0), Vicryl 1, and Vicryl 0 (or Chromic 0)

    *5 ml Syringes, *10 ml Syringes, *20 ml Syringes, and *50 ml Syringes

    Albuterol Inhalers, Alcohol Gel, Antibacterial Ointment, *Antibiotics, Anti-Diarrhea Medication, Antifungal Cream, Antihistamine, Aspirin, Asprin (Low-Dose), Burn Cream, Cefalexin, Cefuroxime (any Cephalosporin), Co-Amoxiclav (Augmentin), Cough Treatments, Ear Drops, Eye Drops, First Aid Spray, Flucloxacillin, Folic Acid, Hydrocortisone Cream, Ibuprofen, Magnesium Sulfate Paste, Malaria Treatment (Coartem), Metronidazole (Flagyl), Oral Rehydration Salts, Paracetamol, Permethrin (Scabies Cream), Vitamins, and Zinc Tablets

    Specifically for Children:
    *Baby Blankets, Baby Oil, Baby Powder, Baby Soap, Cannulas (Particularly Pediatric Cannulas and Giving Set), Child O2 Sat Probes, Cloth Diapers and Clips, Foepostoscope (Fetoscope), Hats (for Premature Babies), Infant Formula Milk (Seal intact), Neonatal O2 Sat Probes, Newborn Clothes (Very Useful), Pediatric NG (Nasogastric) Feeding Tubes, Pulse Oximeter, Umbilical Cord Clips, and Weighing Scales

    Reference Materials:
    (English) Medical Dictionary, Oxford Handbook of Medicine, and WHO ‘Hospital Care for Children’ Book

    Hesperian Health Guides:
    (English) A Book for Midwives, A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities, Disabled Village Children, Health Actions for Women, Helping Children Who Are Blind, Helping Children Who Are Deaf, Helping Health Workers Learn, HIV Health and Your Community, Where There Is No Dentist, Where There Is No Doctor, and Where Women Have No Doctor

    Bed Linens, Pillows, and Towels

    Office Supplies:
    Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers

    Support Equipment:
    Kerosene Lanterns, Small Solar Panels, and Solar Lantern Lights

    Project #3

    The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) is concerned with the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Located on the Kapama Private Game Reserve, in Hoedspruit, South Africa. HESC facilitates the release and establishment of captive-bred and rehabilitated animals to the wild.

    The centre takes an active role in the breeding of cheetah to prevent the further decrease in species population, and has overseen the birth of over 270 new cheetah (including 20 rare king cheetah).

    HESC has a medical treatment facility for injured animals. Many rescued animals are treated and cared for at the veterinary clinic.

    HESC is a sanctuary for orphaned and rescued rhinos, as well as surviving victims of poaching. HESC is currently home to 7 orphaned babies whose mothers were the victim of poaching, and 3 surviving rhinos, each of which had their horns hacked off by poachers.

    An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.


    General Medical:
    Ace Bandages, Alcohol Gel, Alcohol Swabs, Alcohol (70%), *Band-Aids, Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’), Blood Pressure Cuff (‘Sphygmomanometer’) – Digital, Blood Slides, Capillary Tubes, Darrows Concentrate, Cover Slips, Disinfectant – F10 supplies, First Aid Kits, Gauze, Hot Water Bottles, Ice/Cold Pack, Infrared Lamps, Micro-Slides, Needles, Paper Hand Towels, Pen-Torches/Flashlights, Respiratory Masks, Ringers, Sanitary Napkins, Scissors, Small Scissors, Splints, Stethoscope, Test Tubes, *Thermometer (Digital), Tongue Depressors, Tubing (Various sizes for crop feeding), and Tweezers

    Crepe Bandages, Disecting Kits for Post Mortems, Dressings, Forceps, Hospital Tags, Lubricant, Needle Holders, Plaster of Paris, Surgical Gloves, Surgical Instrument Cleaner, Surgical Instrument Marking Tape, and Swabs

    *5 ml Syringes, *10ml Syringes, *20ml Syringes, and *50ml Syringes

    Testing Kits:
    DNA Testing Kits

    Antifungal Cream, Chloromex (Eye ointment), Iron Tablets, Karbo Dust, Vitamins, and Wound Spray

    Animal Food:
    *Avi Plus Hand Rearing Formula, *Cat Food, *Cat Snacks, *Dog Food, *Dog Snacks, *Hill A/D Cat Food, and *Pronutro (Vanilla)

    Reference Materials:
    Bird Identification Book and Laboratory Reference Book

    Bathing Towels, Hand Towels, and Swimming Towels

    Office Supplies:
    Calculators, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Plastic Sleeves, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, and Staplers

    Animal Supplies:
    Blankets, Brushes and Combs, Cat Carriers, Cat Crates, Chew Toys, Collars, Dog Carriers (All Sizes), Dog Crates (All Sizes), Dog Gates, Feeding Trays, Flea Shampoo, Food and Water Bowls, Frontline, Grooming Tools, Harnesses, Heartgard Dewormer, Leashes, Pet Bedding, Pet Shampoo and Conditioners, Rugs, Small Plastic Swimming Pools, and Water Bottles

    Project #4

    The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) has undertaken a number of anti-poaching initiatives in order to safeguard rhinos, and other animal species, both at the centre and on the greater Kapama Private Game Reserve.

    HESC has established its own anti-poaching unit (APU). This unit works closely with law enforcement as well as the CIS in the Kruger National Park, and several other anti-poaching units. The APU patrols high-risk areas of the reserve in its vehicles, as well as daily foot patrols looking for traps and poachers. Occupational safety inspections are conducted on a regular basis.

    In an effort to combat poaching, the Kapama APU uses tracking dogs as part of its initiative.

    An asterisk (*) before an item indicates this item is most urgently needed.


    Camping Supplies:
    Camping Cutlery, Duffel Bags, Mosquito Nets, Mosquito Repellent, Roll Mats, Sleeping Bags, Small Cooking Pots, and *Water Bottles

    Field Devices:
    *Batteries of All Sizes, Binoculars, Digital Camera (Small) with Memory Stick, GPS (Handheld), Mobile Phones (Old), Saws (Hand), Solar-Powered Working Laptops, and *Torches/Flashlights

    Power Tools:
    Drills (Handheld/Battery Operated)

    Antiseptic Ointment/Powder, Band-Aids, Bandages for Wounds/Plasters, and Wash or Creams

    *Boots, Bush Hats, Sneakers/Trainers (New or Gently Used), and Socks

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of November 25, 2020

    Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

    Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
    • Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
    • The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

    Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.