The honey badger is a byword for toughness, but that doesn’t mean it is immune to threats. Join us for a talk by expert Derek van der Merwe to learn more about this fierce and fearless animal.
As conflict mitigation field officer for the Carnivore Conservation Programme of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, Derek van der Merwe has been working to conserve honey badgers. In his talk he will shed light on these feisty mammals, their secrets to survival and what humans can do to conserve them for the future.
The honey badger is listed as the most fearless animal in the world in the Guinness Book of Records.
Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017
Venue: Tappers Fourways Crossing, Cnr William Nicol & Sunrise Boulevard, Fourways (Tel: +27 11 465 4743)
Time: 18:15 for 18:30
RSVP: [email protected] by Wednesday 5 April (subject line: Badger)
The event is FREE but seats are limited so please RSVP timeously to secure your seat.
Five fascinating facts about the honey badger
- The honey badger’s skin sits fairly loose, so it has room to manoeuvre if seized by a predator. This enables it to wiggle around and position itself in such a way that its long claws and sharp teeth can get at whatever creature is holding it.
- Honey badgers are not born with immunity to snake venom or bee sting. Experts think they build up their resistance to venom by being introduced to less lethal species at a young age.
- They are widespread and very adaptable, occurring in most types of habitats, with the exception of mountainous forests.
- Honey badgers spotted in groups of two are not usually pairs. Instead they are more likely to be males travelling together or a mother with her offspring.
- The Afrikaans equivalent of ‘tough as nails’ is ‘so taai soos ‘n ratel‘ (as tough as a honey badger). No wonder the South African Defence Force named one of its infantry vehicles the Ratel after the feisty little fighter.