Lion and Honey Badger: a desperate struggle
On an early morning drive down the Auob River, just before the Dalkeith Waterhole, we happened upon one of nature's darker sides. A young male lion was attacking a honey badger and her baby. She put up a long and desperate struggle to protect herself and her youngster, but eventually the lion managed to break her back and she dragged herself off to hide in the nearby grass. The lion returned to find the baby hiding amongst a fallen Kameeldoring. I captured the below images of the tragic event. It left us disturbed, but I suppose nature must take its course. By Shane Saunders.
Insider's Guide - Top Wildlife Photography Spots in South Africa
The popularity of wildlife and nature photography has really taken off in recent years. It is a wonderful pastime and lures many visitors to our parks and reserves. Shem Compion’s new book, Insider’s Guide – Top Wildlife Photography Spots in South Africa, aims to maximise your opportunity of taking a great picture when out in nature.
Swaziland loses first rhino in 20 years
As the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa reaches new heights with a rhino lost every day, June saw Swaziland lose its first rhino in two decades. By Katie McCarthy
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?
The A to Z of Mokala: From Aardwolf to Wit-gat Zebra in one evening game drive
Samantha Hartshorne reports back on an evening game drive in the Mokala National Park.
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
Profile: Paddy Gordon
Scott Ramsay recently caught up with Table Mountain Park Manager Paddy Gordon, as part of his “Year in the Wild” journey to 31 of South Africa's most special national parks and nature reserves.
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.
A quick overnight getaway in Cape Town
The best treat ever for my kids came at Buffels Bay, when a herd of Bontebok strolled onto the beach. We just had our braai and lunch, and were getting ready to leave. Soon the Bontebok started carelessly skipping on the shore, like mates catching a Frisbee at the beach. It seemed so dreamlike. You would associate wildlife with dams, forests, and grasslands. But not with the beach in Cape Town!
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.