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Sanccob – all in a day’s work

Sanccob – all in a day’s work

Have you ever heard an African penguins Spheniscus demersus call? Perhaps that is the reason they are know as Jackass penguins; their call sounds very similar to a donkey braying. Another important fact about these flightless aquatic birds is that they (like so many other species) are endangered. The cause of their decline is mainly due to low fish stocks from overfishing. Another threat to their colonies is oil spills. The main colonies which are dotted around the southern coast…

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West Coast National Park

West Coast National Park

Where is West Coast National Park? The West Coast National Park is found on the west coast of southern Africa. This national park of 40,000 ha was established in 1985 conserving the Langebaan Lagoon and surrounding landscapes, also including the islands in Saldanha Bay, and extends from Yzerfontein to Langebaan. It is located about two hours from the Cape Town CBD. It has a Mediterranean-type climate with cold, wet winters and hot dry summers, has an average rainfall of 265…

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Table Bay Nature Reserve

Table Bay Nature Reserve

During my internship for my diploma in nature conservation, I was fortunate enough to be placed at a wetlands nature reserve called Table Bay Nature Reserve.  I was involved with bird counts, fish surveys, water quality tests, environmental education and it was an amazing year. Where is Table Bay Nature Reserve? Table Bay Nature Reserve falls within the Cape Floristic Region (CFR), the smallest yet most abundant of the world’s six floral kingdoms. It is found on West Coast of…

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Strandfontein Birding Area

Strandfontein Birding Area

What is the Strandfontein Birding Area? Bird watching at a sewage work? Really! Why would you voluntarily visit a notoriously smelly place to identify birds? I thought that the first time I heard about the Strandfontein Birding Area (SBA). However, people kept on recommending it and talking about the diversity of birds that were present.  While doing my B Tech degree in nature conservation, my lecturer suggested comparing the research I did at Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve with the results…

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The Addo Elephant National Park

The Addo Elephant National Park

Since moving down to Cape Town, our nearest nature reserve with big game animals consisting of elephants, lions, hyenas, buffalos, kudu, warthog and a whole host more is in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape. Its name being the Addo Elephant National Park (AENP). It’s a very different experience to other South African National Parks (SANParks) in that it contains a variety of different vegetation types (I’ll get into that later) as well as having year round rainfall, which other…

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Exploring Kruger Park Continued

Exploring Kruger Park 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. A white backed vulture (Gyps africanus) leaves the nest in search of food. Activities in the Kruger Park Driving around the park…

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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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