Elusive leopard kill 33 penguins at Stony Point

Betties Bays’ elusive but well-loved leopard created havoc at the African penguin colony at Stony Point last week. Social media buzzed with excitement and concern about the fate of the leopard. Cape Nature, who took over the management of the Stony Point penguin colony in June 2014 issued this statement on their Facebook Page; “We have proactively increased nocturnal patrols and introduced additional scent deterrents … Continue reading Elusive leopard kill 33 penguins at Stony Point

Humpback Whale flippers solve helicopter air flow problems

We’ve all seen movies of humpback whales playing in the sea. The most obvious feature is a nice symmetrical tail slapping the water as it dives. But we also see an awkward-looking flipper emerging as it breaches the water. That flipper fin has white lumps along its edge – lumps called tubercles. Still, it seems so crudely made. But it’s not what it seems. It’s actually a highly mobile … Continue reading Humpback Whale flippers solve helicopter air flow problems

Fryer’s Cove wines… sipping the sea on the West Coast

Tasting the wine.. On the waterfront in a derelict old crayfish factory right at the seaside in the bay you will find a tiny winery, tasting room and alfresco jetty restaurant that brought much-needed commercial activity back to a village which had suffered from a declining fishing industry. This is the address of Fryer’s Cove wines, forged of the earth and tempered by the sea. … Continue reading Fryer’s Cove wines… sipping the sea on the West Coast

#GreenXmas @intheOverberg

We are grateful to the champions @intheoverberg @WWFSouthAfrica @GoSocialSA @GoToSouthAfrica @ShotLeft who created a twitter #chat platform on 25 November where we could share #GreenXmas ideas. I just could not let this moment in time not make the difference we all intended.  Enjoy the interesting and original suggestions and let your gifts #MakeADifference this Christmas. Happy holidays everyone! WWF South Africa ‏@WWFSouthAfrica  And the minute we have been waiting … Continue reading #GreenXmas @intheOverberg

Psst, Buddy, That Cute Penguin Is Making Eyes At You..

To Save African Penguins, Humans Set Up a Dating Service GREENSBORO, N.C. — When the African penguins Derek and Geirfugl were given their own room last spring, keepers at the Greensboro Science Center questioned whether they liked each other enough to take their relationship to the next level. Derek was more interested in interacting with her human keepers than with other penguins. And when she … Continue reading Psst, Buddy, That Cute Penguin Is Making Eyes At You..

Selfies & millennials.. lets connect in 2016 says WTM

I was recently at World Travel Market (WTM) in London . WTM is considered the industry’s top showcase of travel products. Travel continues to outperform other sectors despite uncertain global economic growth, rising geopolitical unrest, volatile oil prices and rising interest rates. Global arrivals exceeded 1.1 billion in 2014, up by 4,3% compared with the previous year with growth for 2015 forecast at 3,7%. Mobile … Continue reading Selfies & millennials.. lets connect in 2016 says WTM

Joanna- the earliest English shipwreck on the Cape coast

The Johanna was the first English East Indiaman to be wrecked on the South African coastline. She was an English East Indiaman of 550 tons, commanded by Captain Robert Brown. The remarkable tale of the loss of the Joanna starts on the afternoon of 24 February 1681, when Joanna,, sailed from Downs in England, in the company of four other vessels- The Nathaniel, The Williamson, The … Continue reading Joanna- the earliest English shipwreck on the Cape coast

Are you a responsible wildlife traveler?

Unfortunately there is no single, globally accepted code of conduct for responsible wildlife tourism – travelers themselves need to take responsibility. Here are some guidelines. 1 Take pictures, leave only footprints A healthy, safe environment is at the heart of all responsible wildlife travel, so always take home everything you take with you – including batteries, plastic bags and bottles. 2 Shells looks better on a beach Never … Continue reading Are you a responsible wildlife traveler?

What’s the strongest material produced by animals?

Animals can produce incredibly strong substances – so who makes the toughest? Spider silk, long the strongest known biological material, was recently knocked off the top spot by a material produced by another invertebrate: the common limpet. Limpets use a tooth-coated tongue to rasp algae from rocks. These teeth need to be strong to avoid damage, and indeed are several times stronger than spider silk … Continue reading What’s the strongest material produced by animals?

How do remoras stick to their host?

Remoras, also known as sharksuckers or suckerfish, are famous for their ability to hitch rides on larger fish and marine mammals by means of what looks like a suction cup on top of their heads. But suction is only part of the story. The latest research shows that the cup, which is actually a modified dorsal fin, is lined with tiny barbs that create friction … Continue reading How do remoras stick to their host?