#WorldRhinoDay2015 - Fighting the good fight for the rhino

#WorldRhinoDay2015 – Fighting the good fight for the rhino

September 22 2015 is World Rhino Day, a day of celebration of one of the world's most intriguing animals, but also one of the most endangered creatures walking the earth.

South African citizens get free access to national parks

South Africans are encouraged to take part in National Parks Week - running from 14 to 20 September - when they have free access to activities such as abseiling. They are also given an opportunity to learn more about the country's wild animals and natural heritage.
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Sibella, Karoo’s queen of the cheetahs, dies

Sibella, the first cheetah to be reintroduced into the Great Karoo in 125 years, died at the mature age of 14 following an injury suffered while hunting a duiker buck. Sibella was responsible for a significant jump in the local cheetah population, birthing an astonishing 20 cubs.

Sibella, Karoo’s queen of the cheetahs, dies

Sibella, the first cheetah to be reintroduced into the Great Karoo in 125 years, died at the mature age of 14 following an injury suffered while hunting a duiker buck. Sibella was responsible for a significant jump in the local cheetah population, birthing an astonishing 20 cubs.

World falls in love with South African baby elephant

A video of a baby elephant playing with low-flying swallows in South Africa's Kruger National Park has become a huge hit on YouTube. Uploaded in late July, it has received over 7 million views to date and has been popular across the world. The ad revenue is also being put to good use.

South African cycles across Africa for rhinos

It was a milestone for John Stanford when he reached Cape Town. He had just cycled more than 15 000km from London. His aim on the arduous journey was to raise awareness and funds for anti-poaching rhino initiatives in South Africa and abroad.

DNA detective work could end poaching

The work by a team of scientists could mark the beginning of the end of elephant poaching. Using DNA from dung and seized ivory, they were able to locate and isolate poaching hotspots in Africa to two main regions.

Shark encounters in South African waters

Champion surfer Mick Fanning fought off a great white in Jeffreys Bay on the weekend. He was not the first person to escape a shark attack along the South African coast - although the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board says attacks are rare, with an average of only six incidents a year.

South African sisters ride for rhinos

South Africa and Vietnam are the key countries involved in the supply and demand sides of the rhino trade, respectively. And two Cape Town sisters are cycling a grueling 6 000km across Southeast Asia targeting schools and students with a message to stop buying rhino horn.

Poaching victim Hope survives surgery

Hope the rhino was tranquillised by poachers who hacked off her horn and left her for dead, but a dedicated team of wildlife surgeons and conservationists have saved the rhino from what one vet called "easily one of the worst injuries that I have ever worked on".