We absolutely adored our stay at Inyati and from the moment we crossed the Newington Gate to enter Sabi Sands we were instantly transported into another world filled with the delightful sights and sounds of the South African Bush. The Lodge and its staff were incredible and we were totally spoiled for every second of our 2 nights in Inyati
The little bit of rain we had at the end of last month has caused a bit of commotion in the bush. More than a few insects have spontaneously appeared and take advantage of the little bit of moisture. The grass is peeking its green eye through the wash of brown hair tasselled all over the floor. So much potential and the first signs of summer
Is Faux Rhino Horn a Solution?
Each day at least three rhino die for two reasons: the belief that horn cures medical ailments, and as a status symbol in Vietnamese high society. But, attention rhino horn users: the vast majority of the horn you purchase is fake, according to an Oxpeckers report.
Karl Ammann from Natural History Magazine stated “probably up to 90 percent of end consumers (of rhino horn) unknowingly purchase products made of water buffalo or other bovine horn.”
The myth of rhino horn having medicinal value has survived for centuries.
Now a Seattle-based company, Pembient, is adding to the market of “faux horn”. They are using biotechnology to fabricate rhino horn at prices below the level of poached horns. Their goal is to use this substitution to meet the demand. According to the company, you can’t physically tell the difference.
According to one of Pembient’s founders, many wildlife traders would be happy to use a genetically…
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February ’15 Field Guide Report by Matt
So at some point in this year it was January, the next thing I know a cycle has flown by and February came to an end. Admittedly February is a short month but it seems to have flown past. We still have had no rain and the bush is prematurely turning the beautiful blonde colour …
Ebola in Africa – should you panic? by Onne , 01 August 2014
Africa is a huge continent, containing 47 different countries (not counting the surrounding island nations). It is over 7000km from north to south. "We're going to Africa" is therefore a very vague description of destination. It's like saying we're going to Asia. A good first step is to pull out a map of Africa and …
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South Africa’s Kruger Park Loses its First Elephant; Kenya Loses an Icon
South Africa’s Kruger Park Loses its First Elephant; Kenya Loses an Icon.
The Writing on the Wall
“There is another menacing storm heading south through Africa and the first ominous drops of blood fell on SA soil this week. ” -Will Fowlds
“We have been alarmed about the elephant poaching happening in Central Africa and its more recent spread and escalation into East…
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Bird Migration by Matthew Brennan
Book of Job (39:26) - Doth the hawk fly by Thy wisdom and stretch her wings toward the south?" Early ornithologists noted changes in the birds based on the different seasons, references to migration date back to 3000 years ago when Aristotle postulated the phenomenon of birds disappearing and reappearing every year at the same …
Experience fantastic close-up’s with Africa’s wildlife by Matt Brennan
Walking is my favourite activity on offer in the bush, I feel that you get a much more personal experience and that the special moments come thick and fast. I recently took a walk that holds out for me as one of the most exciting walks I’ve ever been on in a long while. I …
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50 million years on Earth….Disappearing in 6?!
If the current rate of poaching continues, rhinos in the wild will be extinct by 2020. That is just 6 years away!
There are only 5,000 black rhinos (L) and 20,000 white rhinos (R) remaining in the wild. (photo by Ryan Hillier)
According to Will Travers, chief executive of the Born Free Foundation,
“There will probably be no free-living rhinos as the remaining numbers will be fenced off in military-style compounds which are alarmed and heavily guarded by armed patrols.”
Are we prepared to let this happen? How will the world look without them?
Rhinos are an umbrella species. This means their survival or demise directly impacts the survival or demise of other species of mammals, birds, insects, fish and plants. They play a big role in their ecosystem.
When they browse, they keep the areas trimmed, making paths and more accessible areas for smaller mammals. They also enrich…
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