Yellow-billed Hornbill at sunrise. Photo: Warren Schmidt.

The Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill

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The Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill is one of the iconic birds of the savanna biome, or bushveld. Often referred to as the ‘Rod Stewart’ of birds due to its flamboyant plumage and bright yellow bill. These birds are distributed widely across the savannas of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. Read More

A male Ngome Dwarf Chameleon Bradypodion ngomeense from the Ngome Forest in KwaZulu-Natal.

Miniature Dragons

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In the forests and kloofs of South Africa, there be miniature dragons. A slow, careful, forward gait with feet clasping thin twigs, and eyes scanning in two different directions, a small, drab little reptile suddenly freezes, its eyes now focused intently forward. The mouth opens slightly and within a split Read More

Stress, Sleep, Sunlight, and Strong Immunity

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How we replenish our energy and inner resources is key to our human survival. Be it in the form of chemical-free, plant-based nutrition, or regular access to green spaces for fresh air, enriching ions, sounds, and vibrations. Not least of all is the importance of living within our natural circadian Read More

Secretarybird Sagittarius serpentarius.

Iconic African raptors uplisted to Endangered Status

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Press release issued by BirdLife South Africa Three of Africa’s most famous birds of prey, the Secretarybird Sagittarius serpentarius, Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus and Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus, have been uplisted to globally Endangered on the IUCN Red List. While this news may come as a shock to many, it should Read More

COVID-19– sifting fact from fiction

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The world has changed, literally overnight. Despite ample warnings from epidemiologists, and other scientists, over many years, about facing a futuristic pandemic, very few of us have given these warnings much thought or attention. It is understandable – humans have a reactive predisposition to crisis rather than a proactive one Read More

COVID-19 – Impact on biodiversity conservation and ecotourism

COVID-19 – Impact on biodiversity conservation and ecotourism

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In the last several months, international travel has almost come to a grinding halt. Many airlines are grounded and facing the prospect of bankruptcy, while hotels and lodges aren’t economically viable without bookings. What does this mean for the future of ecotourism in Africa? According to figures by the World Read More