Fire And Ice

Fire And Ice

Have you noticed the weather being a little bit warmer or cooler than usual lately? Or how about bigger rain/snow storms. Our earth’s climate is changing, its been changing for over 4.6 billion years. However this period of change is being sped up by the way we live. Weather An array of extreme summer weather events in recent years including the 2003 European Heat Wave, the 2010 Pakistan flood,the Russian heatwave of 2011 A drought in Texas and the unprecedented,…

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Rhino’s in Crisis

Rhino’s in Crisis

Three rhinoceroses are killed in the South African bush each day; their horns are sawn off and sold to intermediaries operating in lucrative wildlife markets. South Africa houses 79% of the world`s remaining rhinos. Of the 20 306 South African rhinos, 18 413 are southern white rhinos and around 1 893 animals belong to the black species. An estimate of one-third of South Africa’s white rhinos are on private land, local communities protect 0.5 % of the black rhino population…

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Safeguarding our Ivory

Safeguarding our Ivory

Mikumi National Park – Tanzania, The elephant staggered and collapsed over in the tall grass in Southern Tanzania, where some of the world’s worst poaching has happened. It wasn’t a poacher who targeted her but a conservation official, immobilizing her with a dart containing drugs. Shortly after she was snoring loudly and while they kept open her trunk with a twig to help her breathe, they slid a 26-pound (12-kilogram) GPS tracking collar around the rough skin of her neck…

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Saving our Survivors

Saving our Survivors

Orangutans, Gorillas, Rhinos, Elephants, Cheetahs, Whales, Giant Panda, Chimpanzees, Tigers, Vultures. The list above includes some of the most well known endangered species across the world. However this list does not even scratch the surface of the amount of mammal, bird, fish, reptile, amphibian and plant species that are staring extinction in the face. Declining biodiversity worldwide has become so pronounced that it is observed as an important global change in its own right. The increasing loss of biodiversity is…

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Wading birds and their declines

Wading birds and their declines

How important are water birds?  Are they necessary?  Do they serve a purpose? These are just some of the questions I asked myself when I started my research.   I have been working on wading birds and their population trends which  looked at  Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve. The trends I analysed covered an average of thirty years. I thought I knew my bird species before doing this research, however if you think waders are ducks like I did….. You’re wrong! The…

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Going Green

Going Green

Going green is the rage at the moment, and I’m not talking about getting sea sick on the last boat ride that you went on . No, this is about being more environmentally conscious and following certain practices which will help preserve the natural environment that we live in. I touched on it in the sustainable life http://exploringconservation.com/2018/06/16/the-sustainable-life/ however there are a few things I would like to add and emphasize upon. Let’s start with a couple of going green examples…

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Arbor Day – a breathe of fresh air

Arbor Day – a breathe of fresh air

Can you feel it, spring is in the air. Well spring in South Africa that is. The 1st of September is known as the first day of spring, however more importantly it’s Arbor Day. Arbor Day literally translated means tree day and it was put in place for us to celebrate and acknowledge the importance of trees. This day has become more and more important over the years as deforestation increases and huge tracts of land are turned into farmland….

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Zoos in a conservation world

Zoos in a conservation world

I think most of us, sometime in our lives have visited a zoo. Where I grew up we visited the Johannesburg and Pretoria Zoos  on a number of occasions and enjoyed them as a fun day out. One of my more memorable experiences was having sand flung at my mom and me by a Chimpanzee. However after visiting a number of nature reserves and National parks where the animals roam freely across large tracts of land, the zoo didn’t have…

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A Hostile Environment

A Hostile Environment

Get Out !…Get Out ! Cried the farmer, as he sees a troop of baboons in his newly sprouting vegetable field. He grabs his rifle out of the cupboard and hurries onto the patio, slamming the door with rage. He takes aim and starts shooting. Out of the 15 in the troop, 6 are dead, lying  on the ground, the other  9 baboons have retreated to the safety of the nearby trees. Let that be a lesson the farmer mutters…

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Exploring Kruger Continued

Exploring Kruger Continued

Kruger National Park is vast. The aspects of the park are unique to South Africa and there are so many angles one can focus on.  Today I  will be discussing  best game viewing areas, what activities are available, do’s and dont’s in the park as well as some interesting facts about the animals that call the park home.   Activities in the Park Driving around the park There are two ways of driving in the park (KNP). The first is…

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