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Mysterious migrants: Africa’s longfin eels

The longfin eel (Anguilla mossambica). © Bruce Ellender

The longfin eel spends most of its life hidden from view of humans and there is concern that its numbers are plummeting.

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Pictures of the killer whales in Cape Town

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A pod of killer whales spotted in False Bay

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Cape Town by tall ship

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The sailors of tall ship Picton Castle explore the glamorous side of Cape Town.

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Zebra attack wildebeest calf

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Wildebeest and zebra usually exist happily together until one day at watering hole in Mkuze Game Reserve.

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Square rigger sailing around the Cape

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Sailing around the Cape of Good Hope is not an easy task.

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Man guilty of shooting hadeda

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Man found guilty of animal cruelty after shooting and injuring a hadeda with a pellet gun.

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Generation Y and saving lions

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Jacalyn discusses the flaws of Generation Y when it comes to issues worth fighting for such as canned lion hunting.

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Good shark karma in Cape Town

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Fortune cookies for the future of South Africa’s sharks

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Rediscovering the Cape Peninsula

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A recent educational photographic tour around the Cape Peninsula helps Chris appreciate the beauty of his home town.

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Looking at zebras in a different light

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A casual sundowner in the Kruger turns into an outstanding photographic opportunity as some zebras kick up the dust.

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A red tide making the sea sparkle

© Clive Wright Photography

When the sea sparkles and shines due to a smelly red tide…

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Natural Splendours of South Africa

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Planning a holiday to South Africa? Find out all you need to know about the rainbow nation according to renowned photographer Gerald Cubitt.

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Plants, stars and animals in Anysberg

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Roxanne Reid tells us what to do in the in the succulent Karoo.

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A solar powered road trip: Bloemfontein to Cape Town

Swellendam to Cape Town.(Barry Aldworth/BackpagePix)

The UKZN team comes first out of the South African teams in the SASOL Solar car race.

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A solar powered road trip: Pretoria to Bloemfontein

Colesburg to Graaf-Reinet.(Barry Aldworth/BackpagePix)

Follow South African university students in the 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge.

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CapeNature staff act fast to save rare pangolin

A closer look at the rare ground pangolin.  © CapeNature

Ground pangolin rescued by CapeNature in the Western Cape.

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A cat fight

© Marc Lindsay-Rea

A lone lioness is attacked by a pride’s dominant male.

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Photographing a python take down

© Marc Lindsay-Rea

A python proves that its bark-like camouflage scales are just as bad as its bite when it kills a turtle dove.

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R2 million worth of equipment donated to Kruger’s Ranger Corps

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Survival equipment to the value of R2 million was handed over to Kruger’s Ranger Corps by Unitrans Volkswagen’s Unite against Poaching Trust.

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Giant flag to mobilise job creation in the Karoo

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The Giant Flag project, launched in the Karoo. harnesses several streams of environmental, social and economic activity in a bid to break the cycle of unemployment and poverty in the Camdeboo Municipality.

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Collared leopard shot in Northern Cape

The same leopard shot in October 2014 © Landmark Foundation

Landmark Foundation’s collared female leopard shot has been shot by a farmer in the Northern Cape.

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Flower power at Rocking the Daisies

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Jeremy Loops, Good Luck, the Rudimentals, Al Bairre, MGMT, Pascal & Peace – what got Rocking the Daisies 2014 rocking.

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Australia to ban import of lion trophies from South Africa

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A permanent ban on the importation of lion parts, including trophies, is planned by Australia in an effort to put an end to South Africa’s lion breeding industry.

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Sanctions to be imposed on Johannesburg Zoo due to sitatunga incident

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Johannesburg zoo’s PAAZAB membership has been terminated due to the sitatunga incident

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Molewa launches rhino project

The government is looking for partnerships to create 300 000 new jobs in the green economy, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says. © Volksblad

Environment Minister Edna Molewa announced the official launch of the UNEP-GEF Rhino Project.

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Appreciating South Africa through photos

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Will Kent talks about some of the experiences he had in South Africa as a volunteer.

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Leopard coin gives conservation a boost

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Printing money for conservation

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New Knersvlakte Nature Reserve proclaimed on National Heritage Day

Knopies are one of the remarkable types of plant found in the Knersvlakte.
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Growing awareness towards plant conservation with the declaration of the new Knersvlakte Nature Reserve in South Africa.

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Quitting my job to become a field guide

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Jaq on quitting a high paying job to study at bushwise to become a field guide.

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Secret panel will decide on future of South Africa’s rhinos

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The monumental decision of whether to legalise rhino horn in South Africa is to be decided by an undisclosed Panel of Experts.

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Ruthless rhino poaching syndicate rounded up by Hawks

The alleged rhino poaching syndicate boss, sits in the back of a Hawks vehicle, 19 September 2014, after being arrested in the Pretoria Norcourt du

South African rhino poaching kingpin arrested.

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Savvy SA citizens save Rhino in Kruger

Delise Powell, Haley Dahl, Yolande Larkan © Haley Dahl

Three heroic women save a black rhino by reporting poachers to Kruger authorities.

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Swimming under the radar

The giant redfin Pseudobarbus skeltoni feeding in a riffle in the Krom River in du Toitskloof © Craig Garrow

Grahamstown researchers discover a new species of redfin minnow

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South African rhinos, a matter of political will

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The rhino debate in parliament – hot air being blown around a well air-conned room.

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The renosterveld has found a home

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Saving endangered plant species with the opening of Renosterveld Research and Visitor Centre in Overberg.

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Fishing for finches in the Kgalagadi

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A grey heron uses a local waterhole as his fishing ground for finch food.

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Rhino orphan seeks solace from humans in the Kruger

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Exhausted orphaned rhino looks for comfort with cars in the Kruger.

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Meerkat pups and a puff adder

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A meerkat story worthy of a ‘Meerkat Manor’ episode and an award for bravery.

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Joining hands to rescue a wounded wild dog

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An African wild dog that was shot in the ear in the Waterberg, has successfully been released.

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Kruger – lions, kingfishers and on foot with ellies

Too close, too personal. This hippo was a few meters from me at one of the pools on the Biyamiti River.

Scott Ramsay’s travels take him to the Kruger National Park, a landmark area in the history of wildlife conservation.

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Black-breasted snake eagle in the Kgalagadi

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A black-breasted snake eagle is dive-bombed by a drongo in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

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Giraffe hits head on highway bridge

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A giraffe dies on the N1 highway near Centurion in bridge accident

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Elephant poachers penetrate South African borders again

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Breaking news: in what seems to be a recurring trend, another elephant has been poached in the Northern Kruger, close to the Zimbabwe and Mozambican borders.

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Wild riders at the iSimangaliso four Day mountain bike challenge

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Get off the beaten track on your mountain bike and experience the treasures of South Africa first world heritage site at the iSimangaliso MTB 4 Day

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Kariega Game Reserve photographic safari

Africa Geographic: always going the extra length!!. ©Brendon Jennings

Guests comment on a successful photographic expedition to Kariega Game Reserve

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The upside of being a bottom feeder

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Jackie explains the reason for coprophagy, the consumption of feces, in Pilansberg hippos behaviour.

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