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hereGroot Constantia, a sense of place

Groot Constantia, a sense of place

Wine aficionados talk of terroir, a French term that simply means ‘a sense of place’. I am on the other end of a Zoom meeting with Floricius Beukes, the Viticulturist of Groot Constantia, to discover Groot Constantia’s ‘sense of place’ but in my mind, I find myself walking through vineyards, beneath ancient oak trees and […]

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hereLeaping back into the wild

Filed in Conservation by on October 11, 2021
Leaping back into the wild

Leaping back into the wild: Finfoot Lake Reserve welcomes first leopard – The team at Finfoot Lake Reserve recently celebrated the arrival of their newest celebrity: a leopard rescued from an illegal gin trap near the Botswanan border. Located within the Elands River Reserve in the North West Province, the addition of their first big […]

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hereVulture populations in the Karoo

Filed in News by on September 6, 2021
Vulture populations in the Karoo

Vulture Safe Zone established by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT). They proudly announced the declaration of the first official Vulture Safe Zone (VSZ) in the Karoo, just in time for International Vulture Awareness Day on 4 September. A Vulture Safe Zone is an area in which landowners and communities work collaboratively to implement targeted conservation […]

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hereTango K9 helping to protect endangered species…

Filed in Conservation by on May 12, 2021
Tango K9 helping to protect endangered species…

They’re fast, protective and have one heck of a sense of smell. They love rewards and tickles behind the ears, and belly rubs too, I’m sure. But would I want to be on the receiving end of one of these beauties? Absolutely not. And that’s why the anti-poaching professionals of Tango K9 are such a […]

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hereCheetah conservation at Mount Camdeboo

Filed in Conservation by on May 12, 2021
Cheetah conservation at Mount Camdeboo

MEDIA RELEASE – Mount Camdeboo, the private game reserve in South Africa’s vast and spectacular Great Karoo region owned by the Buchanan family, has recorded not one but two wins in the race to save wild cheetah from extinction. Both success stories involve animals born in captivity – including two brothers hand-reared in Britain – […]

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hereandBeyond Phinda reverse local pangolin extinction

Filed in Conservation by on May 10, 2021
andBeyond Phinda reverse local pangolin extinction

In a project launched in mid-2019, conservation-led travel company andBeyond, successfully reintroduced the highly endangered Temminck’s ground pangolin at its flagship game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, thereby reversing local extinction. A feat that is said to have reversed the local extinction of the species in the province. The world’s most intensively poached and trafficked […]

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hereAmakhosi Safari Lodge, a haven for cheetah

Amakhosi Safari Lodge, a haven for cheetah

Amakhosi Safari Lodge, where I had heard about cheetah cubs that romp with abandon, elephants that get so close that you can almost touch them, and rhino that munch grass sedately as you watch from nearby. That the Mkhuze River runs through it, and that the views from the rocky hilltops are spectacular. That the […]

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hereBlack Rhino Range Expansion Project a WWF success story

Filed in Conservation by on May 9, 2021
Black Rhino Range Expansion Project a WWF success story

The WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP) was established by veterinarian and project leader Dr Jacques Flamand in 2003 and is one of WWF’s most successful species conservation projects ever. Which is certainly welcome news in a time of relentless poaching. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife realised in the early 2000’s that the black rhino populations […]

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hereWelgevonden’s holistic approach to white rhino conservation…

Filed in Conservation, Wildlife & Safari by on May 5, 2021
Welgevonden’s holistic approach to white rhino conservation…

There’s nothing better than watching a crash of white rhino grazing peacefully when on a game drive – an experience that is almost as at-risk as the very species being watched.  Being relatively sedate and more social than their black rhino cousins, white rhino tend to be sitting ducks for poachers and under normal circumstances […]

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hereRebuilding the African Penguin Population

Filed in Conservation by on May 4, 2021
Rebuilding the African Penguin Population

The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS), a project of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, is based in Gansbaai and is focused on rebuilding the Dyer Island African penguin population. The APSS turned six in February 2021 and Conservation Manager Trudi Malan looked back at what APSS has contributed to the hopeful recovery of this […]

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