What to expect on the 50 | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 5, on 23 September 2013.
This Heritage Day we celebrate our country’s diversity. We also chat to butterfly expert Reinier Terblanche about the fascinating world of these elegant insects, and other interesting topics below.
Shark nets are not as safe as we think! 1/3 of all sharks caught by them are found on the inside of the net. They are also unsafe for marine life, killing thousands of sharks, dolphins, whales, turtles, seals and other species. In our enlightened technological era, it’s time for change – we can’t keep contributing to the death of these animals. It seems that we don’t have to any longer. We take a trip with our new field presenter Bertus Louw to investigate the recently developed sustainable SharkSafe Barrier, which might just be the answer. It’s based on the brilliant principle of bio-mimicry. Long black tubes designed to mimic natural kelp forests are anchored to the sea floor and fitted with magnets that interfere with the sharks’ sensory glands, deterring them from passing through the barrier. Not only does this barrier deter sharks from entering swimming beaches, it is also safe for them and other marine life. This new system is an exciting solution that manages to strike the delicate 50|50 balance between humans and nature.
Wildlife special: hyena den
We all love watching documentaries that bring the beauty of the wilderness to life. In our very own wildlife special we take a close up look at a hyena den in the Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana. With playful pups and watchful mothers, the intriguing dynamics of this family hyena den will bring a smile to your face.
Johann is in the lowveld and change is in the air. Learn how the bushveld ecosystem adapts during the transition from winter to summer, and how animals use camouflage to survive.
In this mystery edition of VeldFokus, we investigate strange spots on a road, a lion playing with its food, a pink elephant and a dancing boomslang. Help us solve the mysteries!