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Exploring the Kruger National Park

Exploring the Kruger National Park

Kruger National park (KNP).  Need I say more? A great opportunity to do some conservation field experiences. It’s been 10 years since my last visit and considering we travelled there at least twice a year when we lived in Johannesburg  I was really looking forward to seeing some great animal and bird sightings, not to mention my first  visit since studying Nature Conservation.  I was eager to put my studies into practice.  I really wanted to absorb everything I could…

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Hot off the press, Conservation success stories

Hot off the press, Conservation success stories

In today’s times, the media love to focus on controversial sensationalism, always looking at what will sell. More often than not “bad news” sells, and when it comes to nature conservation the majority of headlines and articles surround poaching, climate change, deforestation, oil spills in the ocean etc. It can we can become despondent wondering if there is any positive happening out there and so I have looked for a couple of articles which highlight some GOOD conservation success stories….

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Conservation in an urban Landscape

Conservation in an urban Landscape

For centuries, cities have been filled with large population densities, and the physical extent of cities has grown slowly. This movement has been reversed over the last 3 decades. Today, urban areas around the globe are expanding on average twice as fast as their populations. I was fortunate enough to grow up in an area which had many green open spaces, even the house that we lived in overlooked a golf course. OK that’s not really a natural area but…

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A Feline Frenzy…. how domestic cats are impacting the environment.

A Feline Frenzy…. how domestic cats are impacting the environment.

It’s been a long, hard day at work, you’re tired and can’t be bothered about making dinner yet. You flop down onto the couch and suddenly realise that Mittens you’re lovable cat who is normally either sprawled out on the couch or meowing for some food is not around. You check all her usual haunts, such as under and in the bed, in the cupboard, and all her other spots where she likes to lie in the sun, but she’s…

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Endangered Forests! Are we too late

Endangered Forests! Are we too late

  Forests are an incredibly complex, constantly changing environment made up of a wide range of living things (wildlife, trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, mosses, lichens, fungi and microscopic soil organisms) and non-living things (water, nutrients, rocks, sunlight and air). Trees are the main emphasis as its coverage in the community allows varied types of biodiversity to coexist in their natural habitat. The overall link between forests are a physical space with rich bio-diverse characteristics and livelihood. A lot of efforts…

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Wetlands! The Inconvenient Ecosystem

Wetlands! The Inconvenient Ecosystem

During my internship for my diploma in nature conservation, I was fortunate enough to be placed at Table Bay Nature Reserve which has a wetland within its boundaries. I was involved with bird counts, fish surveys, water quality tests, environmental education and more. Wetlands are highly important ecosystems and contribute many valuable services to the environment and community. Some of these functions include; maintaining good water quality, preventing flood damage and promoting ground water recharge, but most of all, it…

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The Sustainable Life

The Sustainable Life

Wow, its been a busy week for me in regards to my research that I completed last year for my degree, I have given a presentation to the Zandvlie Nature Reserve committee to inform them about the decreasing / increasing bird populations. My supervisor for the research has urged me to publish my research in a local scientific journal. I then met with Birdlife South Africa to aid me in getting the process started. I say its all go isn’t…

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Protecting Nemo’s Home – our Coral Reefs…

Protecting Nemo’s Home – our Coral Reefs…

What are coral reefs? Coral reefs are the most diverse ecosystems in the world. These marine ecosystems occupy less than one percent of the ocean floor, but are occupied by not less than twenty percent of all ocean going species. Studies estimate that more than 25,000 known species from thirty-two of the world’s thirty-three animal species inhabit coral reefs, this is four times the number of animal species found in tropical rain forests in Brazil and Indonesia. Coral reefs are…

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Nature. Why should we care?

Nature. Why should we care?

When was the last time that you were in nature? The wind blowing through the trees, the grass under your feet, the birds chirping on the branches with the bees precariously landing on a flower to collect pollen and nectar and perhaps you can hear a river gurgling in the distance. Nature is all around us whether you just step out into your garden at home or drive for a couple of hours to a national park. The natural environment…

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Contaminating the Earth

Contaminating the Earth

On the 5th of June each year the world celebrates International Environmental day. This year’s theme  is plastic pollution.  I  covered plastics  for Earth day http://exploringconservation.com/2018/04/20/earth-day/ and so I chose to  cover air and water pollution as I feel it is as relevant. Air Pollution Since the beginning of the industrial revolution millions and millions of tons of toxic smoke and waste have entered into the atmosphere and water systems. The discharge of metals is thought to be a very important…

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