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South Africa’s environmental affairs minister to appeal rhino horn trade judgment

Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa

Edna Molewa to appeal on the High Court’s decision to set aside government’s 2009 ban on domestic trade in rhino horn.

South African court lifts ban on rhino horn trade

© Janine Avery

South Africa’s ban on the domestic trade in rhino horns has been lifted by the high court in Pretoria.

Why you should care about thickets

Knysna lourie © Adriaan Grobler

A thicket is a dense, almost impenetrable tangle of trees, shrubs, and vines, that is home to a host of biodiversity. Here is why you should spare a thought for thickets.

Rehabilitating and releasing baby rhinos


Taking care of Ntombi, a white rhino calf that had 18 hack wounds caused by poachers who had killed her mother for her horn.

9 things you need to know to get a sweet-smelling garden

A butterfly on a pelargonium © Catherine Browne

Some facts about fragrant plants and tips for you to create a sweet-scented garden.

6 things the Botanical Society is doing for plant conservation

CPUT students in the cycad garden at Kirstenbosch where there's currently a dinosaur exhibit to raise awareness about the plight of the cycad which is at risk of extinction. © Catherine Browne

6 things the Botanical Society is doing for plant conservation and 6 ways you can support them.

Video: Time-lapse of a South African safari


Watch the ultimate safari holiday in some of South Africa’s most loved national parks.

30 years of eco-education at Lapalala


Over the past 30 years, the Lapalala Wilderness School has been a breathtaking outdoor classroom, where children and young adults are exposed to nature.

Huge serval population found around Sasol fuel plant

©File, iStock

More than 100 serval cats along with 10 other species of carnivores have been recorded in an industrialised area around Sasol’s fuel plant in Secunda.

German volunteering directory bans all lion cub projects

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A German online volunteering portal bans all lion cub activities from its project database.

Prince of Denmark helps save South Africa’s water

The Drakenstein Wastewater Treatment Works in Paarl ©Kobus Tollig

Danish-WWF partnerships in the South African water sector show how we could be doing more with less.

London Premiere of Blood Lions


The documentary Blood Lions is to premiere in the United Kingdom in an effort to create global awareness about the realities behind the unethical canned hunting industry in South Africa.

Environmental crisis in Mpumalanga

©Mpumalanga Tourism & Parks Agency

With 46% of South Africa’s total high potential arable soils found in Mpumalanga, the effects of coal mining in the region are immense.

4 questions about trophy hunting

©Francis Garrard

An examination of whether trophy hunting is a sustainable approach to conserving the continent’s ever dwindling wildlife populations.

Video: Leopard seen on CCTV at the shops

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Check out this wild leopard caught on CCTV cameras outside a shop in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.

4 reasons to visit Kruger + facts about Kruger


4 reasons why you should go to Kruger and some quick facts about Kruger National Park.

Fundraising dinner for the One Land Love It Expedition

Wayne Bolton in Addo Elephant National Park with rangers and Bullet

If you’re in Port Elizabeth this Thursday, don’t miss out on the fundraising dinner for the One Land Love It expedition with guest speakers, Braam Malherbe and Vasti Geldenhuys. All proceeds will be distributed to the SANParks Honorary Rangers and Care for Wild AFRICA.

7 tips for creating a water-wise garden

The beautiful, and indigenous, Breadasdorp sugarbush (Protea obtusifolia)  © Alice Notten

Get a water-wise garden with these seven easy steps from the Botanical Society of South Africa.

South Africa relaxes controversial visa rules

© Terbach

New measures address concerns from South Africa’s tourism sector regarding the new visa regulations.

Illegal hunter killed by lions


An illegal hunter and his two hunting dogs were killed by lions, while the other four men escaped narrowly.

12 edible indigenous South African plants

© Roushanna Gray

Connect to your food and the rhythm of nature in a new, fresh and wild way by growing these 12 indigenous edible plants

Wildlife ranching in South Africa

© Quintus Strauss

Dr Peter Oberem takes a closer look at game breeding in South Africa as well as colour morphs and says why we should support wildlife ranching.

Celebrating and supporting our life-giving oceans


Eating seafood sustainably with WWF and SASSI.

Blood Lions threatens to bring down lion breeding industry

© Pippa Hankinson

A closer look at the world’s reaction to the Blood Lions documentary.

5 African restaurants in Cape Town

© Zomato

Have an ethnic dining experience in Cape Town at one of these traditional African restaurants.

A leopard in for the long haul


A leopard defies all expectations, which makes for an even better sighting than initially anticipated.

A bushcamp that changes lives

Andrew Khoza

A closer look at the close-knit Umlani family and what makes their relationship with the wilderness and each other so special.

New job opportunity at BirdLife South Africa


BirdLife South Africa is looking for a creative and dynamic person to manage their DAWN Fellow of Environmental Education/Youth Membership Programme.

Poachers found guilty thanks to Kruger tracking dog

It was a big win for tracking dogs, their handlers and their trainers in court.

A celebrated first for South African rhino poaching cases as evidence regarding a tracking dog allowed in court.

Opposing sides join forces to save rhinos


An announcement made in Cape Town could mark the first step in reaching consensus on saving rhinos.

South African youth will march against poaching

Young conservation ambassadors from Rhino-SA with Y4AW project leader.

Inspired by Mandela’s words of wisdom, a group of young people from Johannesburg hope to emulate their 1976 peers to protest against injustice. But this time they will be protesting against the injustices surrounding canned lion hunting, and elephant and rhino poaching.

A new nature reserve in South Africa

Some of the beautiful scenery that is now protected for future generations

The Endangered Wildlife Trust is proud to announce that the newly declared Beaumont Nature Reserve in the Swartberg region of KwaZulu-Natal is now open to the public!

10 reasons why Simon’s Town is worth the drive

© Matthew Fortey

About 50 minutes from Cape Town’s CBD lies Simon’s Town – a colonial seaside town that has so much more to offer than just its famous penguin colony.

A leopard kill in Kruger


A leopard kill witnessed from start to finish, and captured every step of the way on camera.

Lions in a hail storm


All hail broke loose in Pilanesberg National Park to mark the start of spring and the end of the long dry winter months in the north west of the country.

How rhinos can help people this World Rhino Day

© Martin Harvey WWF-Canon

WWF launches new community based initiative, RISE, on World Rhino Day.

Driven hunt organiser implicated in land deal irregularities


A recent television exposé of driven hunting has established a disturbing link between the agricultural and hunting sectors that goes by the name of Anton de Vries.

Vulnerable bird species at Gondwana Game Reserve


Meet three iconic species of birds at Gondwana Game Reserve that are categorised by the IUCN as Vulnerable to extinction.

Cape mountain trail set to become one of world’s top hikes


Arguably one of the world’s more extreme hiking experiences, the 650km hiking trail named the Rim of Africa is the longest mountain traverse in South Africa.

Welfare of elephants in captivity comes under question

© Chris Parker

Responsible tourism companies are recommending that clients do not visit elephant sanctuaries in South Africa, of which there are 26 in the country, due to the abuse the animals endure physically and mentally.

Kudu bull auctioned for record R9.4m

Kudu bulls are prized for their magnificent horns. © Shutterstock

More than triple a previous record, a 12-year-old kudu bull has just been auctioned to a group of game farmers in South Africa for ZAR9.4 million.

South Africans caught smuggling sables out of Zimbabwe

© Paul Maritz

Police in southern Zimbabwe have arrested three South Africans trying to smuggle 29 sables across the border.

Hitchhiking from the UK to South Africa in 1969

The Rukuru River in Malawi.

The crazy adventures of Dave Renshaw who hitchhiked from the UK to South Africa in 1969.

The keepers of South Africa’s threatened plants


Meet the people who are monitoring and conserving South Africa’s threatened plants and find out how you can join their team!

Video: Scientists discover new human ancestor in South Africa


The discovery of a new species of human relative announced at South Africa’s cradle of humankind.

Video: Cape Town food safari


Let your tastebuds be teased by watching this fantastic culinary journey through beautiful Cape Town!

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