Animals and Plants

Biggest web-spinner found in SA

Scientists have discovered a new species of spider in South Africa believed to be the largest of all known golden orb weavers.

Kenya’s wildlife migrates to the internet

In a world first, Kenya's stunning wildlife is being showcased in a series of live web broadcasts using new state-of-the-art internet technology. The broadcasts allow people across the world to witness the country's astonishing land, animals, and ocean flora and fauna.

Centre for the protection of penguins

The South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape is constantly on the lookout for birds needing a helping hand.
South Africa protects its oceans

The healing power of African plants

The rich potential of African plants to produce new medicines – and create profitable agricultural businesses – was a key part of discussion at the fourth World Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, held in Cape Town in November.

Kruger elephants off to Mozambique

South Africa is sending six elephant bulls from the Kruger National Park to Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park, as part of plans to restock the 350 000-hectare park that fell into ruin during Mozambique's 16-year civil war.

South Africa’s rhino fight takes to the air

South African National Parks is to beef up its arsenal in the fight against rhino poaching with the deployment of a Gazelle military helicopter. The light attack aircraft boasts night vision capabilities and airspeeds of up to 310 kilometres per hour.

Make saving the planet a habit

Countless organisations around the globe are sharing tips on how to save the planet on World Environment Day on 5 June. But they will also encourage people to turn these tips into daily habits.

Rhino poaching toll continues to grow

The number of rhinos poached in South Africa since the start of the year has increased to 273, with the Kruger National Park continuing to bear the brunt of the killings, says the Department of Environmental Affairs.

R2-million injection for SA zoo

South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology has earmarked R2-million (US$266 306), to be disbursed over the next three years, for the National Zoological Gardens.

Tourists watch as buffalo burst tyre to chase lions away

It is not unusual for different animal species like lions and buffalo to be seen fighting. Tourists in the Kruger National Park area recently got a fright when a buffalo surprised them by turning towards their cars to get lions off his back.