It was during her childhood that Lente developed a great love for animals and the African bushveld. At just six years old Lente was given an orphaned cheetah cub after a neighbouring farmer had shot its mother. Together, Lente and her mother cared for the cheetah which soon became part of the household.

In 1985, Lente and her husband, Johann bought a farm on the border of her father’s land. Following her father’s passing, Lente inherited the family farm and further acquisition of adjoining farms resulted in a sizeable property which they later decided to transform into the Kapama Game Reserve.

Lente Roode went on to found the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Camp Jabulani. She recently received a WESSA (Wildlife & Environmental Society of South Africa) Lifetime Conservation Achiever Award for her contribution to conservation in South Africa.

HESC ( is a non-profit organisation which invests all funds made back into nature conservation. Today, HESC is one of the leaders in the breeding and research of endangered species. The centre provides a safe haven for orphaned and sick animals, with an education centre where people can learn about endangered species by observing them at close range.

“It is our children’s right to have the privilege of experiencing the wonder of the environment and it is our generation’s duty to ensure that this happens.”