When my dad taught me to drive, he stressed that drivers should never put their lives in danger by swerving to avoid a small animal on the road. But I can’t help myself…
Hannelie Van As
The penny dropped for me after I drove out of Kruger after another weekend that was far too short. I kept my day job, but enrolled for a course in nature conservation. Not only to learn more about the miracles around us, but also to understand how every one of us can play an active role in preserving our natural heritage and resources. I joined the Sanparks Honorary Rangers a few years later to live a bit closer to the things I love, and to do my little bit to assist with the conservation efforts in this beautiful country we live in.
The re-introduction of wild animals to reserves gives us a warm and fuzzy feeling because we know we’re doing something to restore the delicate balance of nature. But is it really successful?
Warthogs and mongooses have an interesting, symbiotic relationship that rests on the phrase ‘so what’s in it for me’, rather than ‘I love you with all my heart’.
Butterflies are a symbol of new beginnings, and when the South African lepidopterists recently found a species they thought to be extinct, these beautiful insects also became a symbol of hope.
Plastic can take up to 1 000 years to degrade. Even if we stop using it now, it will still be around for at least another 12 generations. Makes you think, doesn’t it?
Deserts aren’t for sissies. Listening to someone who grew up in the Kalahari talk about how animals and plants survive with very little water made me acutely aware of the miracles around us.
Many of us have a fascination with the cat-like creatures of the African bush, perhaps because we share our space with their tamer cousins.
The small, sharp thorns of the wag-’n-bietjie are more than vicious snares. Like the tree itself, they represent life.
Gaping mouths, massive nostrils, long teeth, echoing snorts and grunts – no African sunset is complete without the iconic sights and sounds of the much-feared yet revered hippopotamus.
Few environmental issues have caught the attention of South Africans like rhino poaching has, but the crime affects far more than just the big and horny.