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Sharks – ruthless killers or just misunderstood?

Sharks – ruthless killers or just misunderstood?

Defining Sharks Sharks! We all know what they are. However are sharks ruthless killers or just misunderstood? Many movies have been shown portraying them as evil, blood hunger creatures, such as Jaws. However, those types of films did any favours for the general shark population. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that shark attacks on humans are right; however, they have been stereotyped in the incorrect light, and I think we need to hear the shark’s side of…

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The Giant Panda – least we forget

The Giant Panda – least we forget

What is happening to the giant panda? For my entire life the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) has been on the endangered species list. I remember one of my teachers at high school mentioning that the giant panda was no longer endangered and that the population had increased. I also remember not believing him and having my doubts. Conservation regarding the Giant Panda has been overshadowed around the world with regards to climate change, plastic pollution, the Amazon forest on fire…

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Built for the kill – a predators lifestyle

Built for the kill – a predators lifestyle

The sun was beginning to set; it had been a hot day on the savannah plains with only a mild breeze coming from the south. The lioness rose her head, scanning her surroundings, the rest of the pride was still sleeping in the dappled light underneath a camel thorn tree. It had been three days since the pride had eaten, and there were cubs to feed. The lioness stood up and stretched, which aroused the other seven members of the…

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The Plight of the Pangolin

The Plight of the Pangolin

What is a pangolin…? It’s quite a strange name for an animal, however what’s even stranger is the way it looks. A creature that stepped out of a Jurassic Park movie is my interpretation. One could easily confuse it with some sort of reptile rather than a mammal species. There are eight species of pangolin found in the world, four in Asia and four in Africa. Their body is covered with scales and a long tail. Their diet consists mostly…

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Rhino Populations in Crisis

Rhino Populations 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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Elephant tusks – safeguarding our Ivory

Elephant tusks – 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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Save our Survivors! – how long do they have?

Save our Survivors! – how long do they have?

Orangutans, Gorillas, Rhinos, Elephants, Cheetahs, Whales, Giant Panda, Chimpanzees, Tigers, Vultures Its time to Save our Survivors! – how long do they have? (I’m going to be saying this a lot because its extremely important) This list  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. Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus…

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Zoos

Zoos

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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Canned Lion Hunting – a brutal passtime

Canned Lion Hunting – a brutal passtime

Since the age of cave men we have been hunting animals for food, clothing and to protect ourselves from being eaten, which would either be done with a spear or a bow and arrow. Since then man has become more intelligent and modernized and so have his weapons. From the humble bow and arrow which took accuracy and skill to hit the target or at least wound the beast, we now have powerful bolt action rifles with a 270g soft…

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