Of the few species of primate in South Africa, the samango monkey is the least known. This is because samangos are limited to the canopies of mist-belt forests, which are threatened and becoming more and more fragmented. Two researchers have recently joined forces to have a look at the monkeys – one from the Soutpansberg, the other from Hogsback. Their study will reveal information about the behaviour, ecology and conservation of the monkeys and may help to reveal differences between the Soutpansberg and Hogsback individuals. We speak to them about issues of genetic flow and the resultant separation of a species into subspecies. These monkeys could be more threatened than we realised.
South Pole Adventure
A familiar face on 50|50, Braam Malherbe has completed another extreme adventure. This time he, and team-mate Peter van Kets, raced 768 km to one of the coldest parts of the planet – the South Pole. It was tough as Braam and co. faced snow bridges, katabatic winds of up to 160 km per hour, temperatures as low as -50°C and the threat of blinding snowstorms – all to raise awareness about climate change. After all, the race is really one against time,that every one of us is competing in. At the end of last season, we saw Braam off, now, with the story hitting television and the movies, we check in with him to hear about his adventure.
The Eko-Ondersoek team is out and about again… this time, checking in with the disgruntled neighbour of a bone-meal factory. The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve is allegedly being polluted with bloody water and other bits and pieces from the factory. There seems to be a case of a missing environmental management plan and now nearby residents want answers about why their neighbourhood stinks.
This week we again take a look at the lives of reptiles and also discover new things about the pecking order in the bush. Hungry crocodiles will eat anything close by … and the jackals have to step aside to let a hyaena have its share.