The Hans Hoheisen Wildlife Research Station (HHWRS) is a research & training platform managed by the University of Pretoria's Centre for Veterinary Wildife Studies.
After some substantial refurbishments to the Station in 2010, it is now capable of supporting research at the interface between people, wild & domestic animals and the environment they live in. This is enhanced by the combination of HHWRS with the Mnisi Community Programme (MCP) and Hluvukani Animal Health Centre (HAHC), which provides the University with an unequalled opportunity to research and engage communities at this interface.
The MCP focuses on research and service delivery in a communal farming area which borders on various wildlife reserves. The HAHC, a joint venture between the Faculty of Veterinary Science and Mpumalanga Veterinary Services, serves the same area as the MCP through an animal clinic run by a Faculty clinician, supported by veterinary students in their experiential training year.
The Station has become available as a research & training platform through a trilateral agreement between the University of Pretoria, Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency
and the Peace Parks Foundation
, signed in 2009. The mission of this collaborative agreement:
To facilitate through cooperation with relevant institutions and role players both locally and internationally, the development, implementation, and management of a research platform to support basic and applied research focussed on the veterinary components of diseases at the interface as they affect humans, animals, and environmental health
This is further expanded by the UP's intention and ability to host various training and community engagement activities at HHWRS.
Further refurbishments and expansion of the Station is anticipated in 2011 and onwards.
HHWRS also hosts the office of the State Veterinarian, Orpen
, which serves the private and provincial reserves Sabi Sand, Manyelethi, Andover, Timbavati and Klaserie.