Western Cape Birding - Bontebok National Park Featured Hot
Western Cape Birding
A light mist rose above the chilly waters of the Breede River, as the sun lay low over the horizon, casting everything in a ghostly yellow-white glow. In the distance the harsh calls of a Giant Kingfisher carried across the still airwaves and even further away, cries of African Fish Eagles heralded in the new day. ...
Zululand Birding - Ghost Mountain Birding Featured Hot
There is something extremely special about waking up in the heart of the Zululand bushveld just before the dawn! It is the sounds of stirring life that make this experience so memorable and as I lazed in my comfortable bed, with windows wide open, my sleep was positively disturbed by the beautifully liquid calls of a pair of White-Browed...
Africas Rangers at the Frontline of Conservation Featured Hot
During the last week, the Department of Environmental Affairs, has listed the latest ever-growing rhino poaching statistics for 2015. These figures are indeed depressing, as it seems that there is little that can stop the tidal wave of insurgency against the rhinos, elephants and other iconic species that make Africa so unique and special.
The African ranger’s job is often undertaken without recognition. They have to work in remote wilderness areas under arduous conditions usually where communication is a serious challenge and resource support is extremely scarce. These rangers make enormous sacrifices and regularly place their lives at risk in ensuring the integrity and conservation of Africa's protected areas. ...
Focusing Conservation Effort on Estuaries. Featured Hot
Estuaries are amongst some of our most important coastal ecological features and rank along with tropical rainforests and coral reefs as the world's most productive ecosystems – they are even more productive than both the rivers and the ocean that influence them from either side.
African Elephants of Addo Elephant National Park Featured Hot
In 1931, when the Addo Elephant National Park was first proclaimed, only 11 African Elephants remained after the period of intensive hunting that took place against them finally ended. Hunting for their ivory first began in the area in the early 1700’s and by the 1900’s hunters had exterminated most of the remaining elephants and other wildlife in the...
The Cape Floristic Kingdom (CFK) is situated in the southern tip of South Africa and stretches from Niewoudville in the north across to Port Elizabeth in the east. Oceans bound it to the south and west and the arid Karoo to the north and east. It covers only 90 000 square kilometres, but contains the highest diversity of plant...
Covering six of South Africa’s provinces, grasslands are critical ecosystem service providers that also support major economic and agricultural benefits to the country. They have also been identified as critically endangered and requiring conservation attention. This is mainly as a result of large-scale landscape transformation from human-based activities that include forestry, mining, urban expansion and over-grazing of livestock. ...
Marine Protected Areas in South Africa Featured Hot
Marine Protected Areas - What do they mean and what are their benefits?“By 2050 all commercial fish stocks in our ocean will be extinct”“60% of our coral reefs are expected to be lost by 2030 if present rates of decline continue”. Pick up any reading material on our oceans and you are bombarded by depressing figures such as the above....
iSimangaliso Wetland Park Featured Hot
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park has it all! From deep ocean gorges and coral reefs through to the salt and freshwater marshes, forested dunes, mangroves and the drier woodland interior. This vast area in the northern reaches of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa abounds with a rich variety of biodiversity and spans from the deep ocean, to the stillness and peacefulness...