Wildlife Conservation Trust, Waterkloof

The Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) was founded through the efforts of many dedicated people and organisations that consistently work towards the conservation of endangered and vulnerable animal species.

The WCT facilitates projects that focus on conservation, rehabilitation, research and the protection of wildlife; as well as education and training programmes relating to wildlife conservation and the environment.

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Conservation. Education. Research


The Wildlife Conservation Trust has partnered with The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) and will use the facilities, knowledge and staff on conservation projects.

HESC is living proof that people can make a difference to the long-term survival of the planet, and its animal inhabitants. The centre focuses on the conservation of all rare, vulnerable and endangered animals, but cheetah and rhino conservation are two of their core disciplines.


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Paulos Ngobeni School – Paulos Ngobeni Primary School, named after the first person who stayed in this area, was established in 1983. With its 782 learners, 24 educators and 4 supporting staff.

The WCT supports and promotes research related to endangered species. It encourages research that will benefit the conservation of species, and particularly those in captivity, with the intention to serve as gene pools for supplementing genetic heterogeneity in free-ranging speciesunder threat.

Since its inception, The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre has had a history of supporting research in the fields of nutrition, breeding, and management. Researchers from various academic institutions published more than 30 scientific papers in scientific journals or as the proceedings of congresses, symposia, or workshops.


Recognising that conservation is an ongoing concern, the WCT has committed itself to educating younger generations on the importance of wildlife and the environment through tailored educational activities which encourage each learner to embrace his/her ability to make a difference to global conservation.

Mindful of the need to share the expertise that they have accumulated, HESC launched a specifically structured education outreach programme in 2005. Spearheaded by founder, Lente Roode, the theme of “THE POWER OF ONE IS BOUNDLESS” forms the foundation of all education activities, encouraging each individual learner to embrace his or her ability to make a difference to global conservation.


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