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Natural history

Searching for the elusive Sousa & the mythical sawfish – Part I.

First things first. No, sawfish are not cetaceans. Whales and dolphins are cetaceans; sawfish are sharks. Learn more here

Madikwe, South Africa

Art on Safari

We invited artists and would-be artists of all skill levels into the bushveld on an art safari, armed with a drawing pad, brushes & pencils

Natural history, News

A Close Encounter With the World’s Smallest Whale

Beneath the soaked rags lay a parched and forlorn-looking pygmy right whale, the world’s smallest baleen whale

Poaching

Update on Rhino Poaching Statistics

We look at the rhino poaching stats as at January 2013, based on data provided by SANParks. This is the beginning of the surge in poaching

Natural history

Pygmies of Mount Gorongosa

At the edge of the rainforest near the top of the mountain, Naskrecki spotted a shape that was unexpected – Gorongosa pygmy chameleon!

Natural history

The world’s cutest frog has gone viral

This video of a desert rain frog taken in Port Nolloth, South Africa has hit over 21 million views on YouTube

Natural history

Dramatic elephant rescue

Written by: Christina Carr at Norman Carr Safaris Most conservationists believe that man should not meddle with the natural order and that we should allow nature to run her course however cruel or grim it seems to be. We agree on the whole, unless a wildlife problem has been created by man (for instance in …

Natural history, News

Hyena Men

This series of disturbing and yet fascinating images from photographers Pieter Hugo and Adetokunbo Abiola in their book The Hyena & Other Men

Natural history

The Naked Baboon

Photos by Ann Warner These pictures were taken outside the complex of the Caribbea Bay Hotel, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. Says Ann Warner: “We were coming back to the hotel about 4.30pm in the afternoon, when I could not believe my eyes and asked my husband to stop the car. Sitting on a rock was …

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Top 10 Things to do in Greyton – South Africa’s Little England.

Greyton is a wee, twee village a couple of hours drive from Cape Town. Set in the Overberg region, with the Sonderend mountains as a backdrop, Greyton is all oak-lined lanes and itsy, bitsy country cottages. I recently spent a weekend here and it felt like I’d wound back the clock and time travelled into …

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Victory for Animal Welfare: Zimbabwe Releases Captured Baby Elephants

Post courtesy Simon Bloch – Sunday Argus – January 20th 2013 A day after the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force announced its intention to bring a high court application against the country’s wildlife authority for selling baby elephants to zoos in China, its chairman and animal rights campaigner, Johnny Rodrigues, declared a huge a victory to …

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A Visit from the Kalahari’s Master Trackers

The past three days have been the highlight of my career as we spent them guiding in Sabi Sabi with two ‡Khomani Sa, better known as Bushmen. Before everyone jumps to the conclusion that I am being politically incorrect, this is the name by which these people told me they choose to be known. The …