Roadkill: a global epidemic

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…

A flutter of hope for butterflies

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.

Death by plastic

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?

Surviving desert extremes in the Kalahari

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.

South Africa’s small wild cats

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.

A hippo’s tail

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.

South Africa’s poaching problem

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.