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It looks like the penguins in Simon’s Town just wanted to make sure everybody is sticking to the lockdown rules by taking a stroll through the streets.  Maybe they just wanted to find out where the humans were hiding? SANCOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) posted a video on their Facebook and Twitter accounts yesterday (17 April 2020)  and stated that their Penguin Rangers have their hands full, but that these days it is safer for the birds to waddle down the streets. Watch the video below:   SANCOB is still busy during the lockdown period

Lycaon pictus, better known as the painted wolf or African wild dog, is without a doubt Africa’s most enigmatic predator. They are incredibly social animals and live their lives caring for each other and their pups. They mostly compete with submission rather than by dominance and aggression as opposed to, for example, lions. The pack is led by an alpha female. She is the only one to breed and plays the role of pack leader, hunt commander, and gentle mother. As hunters, they are Africa’s most efficient predator with up to 80% of their hunts successful. But what is most

Rating: Vulnerable The magnificent leopard, their coats covered in black rosettes and spotted patterns are powerfully built and the second largest of the big cats found in South Africa. This magnificent predator is diurnal and nocturnal, meaning they are less active during the hotter hours of the day, with an activity peak at night. They are also solitary and defend their territory range. Dr David Mills, the Endangered Wildlife Trust Carnivore Conservation Program Manager, gave us some insight and information about this amazing animal. It is currently estimated that there are between 2 813 and 1 632 leopards in South

Wildlife conservationists and enthusiasts around the world have been celebrating an apparent silver lining in the latest coronavirus epidemic since the Xinhua News Agency in China reported earlier this month that researchers had found a 99% genetic match between a virus found in pangolins and the new human coronavirus. The hope of this finding is that humans, frightened of coronavirus infection, would reduce their demand for pangolin meat and scales, whose populations are in rapid decline due to wildlife poaching and trafficking to satisfy bushmeat and traditional medicine markets predominantly in Asia. It may, however, be premature to celebrate ‘the

Elephant (Loxodonta Africana) Olifant By J Young – Nature’s Word of Wonder With the protective and loving care shown within herds, we can learn a lot from the African elephant (Loxodonta Africana) who deserve the name of ‘gentle giants’. There are many myths attached to elephants, one of them being that they get drunk on marula fruit. However, this is not true as the fruit is not chewed and passes through the body within 24 hours, therefore has no time to ferment and become intoxicating. They are the largest land mammal, and the record for the biggest ever found was