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Killer Whales (Orcas) in False Bay

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Last week, a pod of about 9 Killer whales (Orcas) were spotted just of the coast of Simon’s Town near Cape Town. Orcas are the largest dolphins and incredibly powerful predators. They hunt in pods (family groups), who often develop their own techniques that are passed on to the next generation. They have a varied […]

The Great White Shark in the Spotlight

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At a presentation in the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, marine biologists from the Dyer Island Conservation Trust in Gansbaai, painted a bleak picture of the state of the global Great white shark population. In the Gansbaai area, they identified 532 individuals over a five year period and when these numbers are extrapolated to […]

Cape Peninsula Baboons on Death Row

Baboon in Cape Point National Park

At the start of August this year, a new management strategy was started that will hopefully safe many of the Cape Peninsula baboons from being euthanised. Past baboon management came under heavy scrutiny by the Kenya-based, American expert on primates, Professor Shirley Strum. She made the controversial statement that “Cape Peninsula baboons had become uncontrollable, because of the extreme […]

The Reality of Rhino Poaching

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Early in 2010 the last Java Rhino was shot in Vietnam bringing about the extinction of the species. This came at a time, when Rhino poaching across southern Africa was experiencing a rapid increase, as we have previously reported on this blog. Even in the UK, zoo keepers and safari park managers have been placed on alert for poachers and antique […]

Wildlife Safari in the Masai Mara: Reserve or Conservancy?

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In recent years a number of private wildlife conservancies have been created on Maasai rangelands that adjoin the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. With its iconic reputation, especially as a safari destination for the annual wildebeest migration, the Masai Mara attracts huge numbers of tourists every year with many visitors not considering the surrounding conservancies as a […]

African Penguin – Not Such Happy Feet

Penguin rescue

South Africa is well-known for its Big Five safari sightings of lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo.  A lesser-known fact is that it is also home to the Marine Big Five – the Common Dolphin, Cape Fur Seal, African Penguin, Great White Shark and the Southern Right Whale. What is also not well known to tourists eager to spot […]