Migration decreases disease
It has previously been assumed that migratory animals spread diseases from one area to another. But a recent study has suggested the opposite.
What I learnt on a Birds of Prey Course
Her fascination with birds of prey has only intensified since attending a weekend course on raptor identification, writes Wild ed Romi Boom. They are notoriously difficult to identify, and from now on she's using a completely different system to the usual field guide approach.
Plenty of nature to go around
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Starving for survival
The familiar saying “He who laughs last, laughs the loudest” applies to plants in their ability to survive as a species, even after they have been eaten!
My new love is shimmering and flirty
I have fallen in love. Again. This time my passion goes by the name of homoglossum priori. Yes, yes, I know, not very compelling. Neither is its popular name, rooi Afrikaner. That makes me think of Eugene Terreblanche’s neck.
It has already been suggested that lions from Central and West Africa look and behave differently to those in East and Southern Africa, but little scientific evidence has previously been presented to back it up. Recent studies, however, have now proven a difference in their genetic makeup.
Venomous speed makes for a slithering success
Most people think that snakes inject venom into their prey through hollow fangs (much like a doctor uses a syringe to inject you). But only about one seventh of venomous snake species have fangs that are hollowed. So how do they get venom into their victims?
Searching for spots
Finding a big spotted cat in the wild remains one of the great experiences. But if we want to spot leopards and cheetah in the future, steps will have to be taken. By Rita van den Heever
Wild nectar from a desert melon
In the Kalahari, tsamma melons Citrullus lanatus are a principal source of water for many animals in times of drought. It is also enjoyed by many people throughout Africa, in dry or desert regions.
There are many similarities between powerful animals and humankind. Lions, bears, buffalo and strong antelope have all been used to describe a man’s physical ability. But when it comes to behaviour, it seems the peacock is the best comparison.