An extraordinary treat
My children often ask me the philosophical question, why did the Maker create plants and animals? A brisk walk or morning visit to a nature park, and their smiles thereafter, often swiftly deals with the matter. These playful walks with children help to instill love for nature and awareness that we need nature as much it needs us.
Anatolian dogs conserve wildlife
When man and wildlife come into contact, both sides may lose. So imagine finding a way to turn the tables and produce a win-win alternative. That’s exactly what’s happening in Namaqualand in the Northern Cape. By Roxanne Reid
The winners of the Captured Experiences photography competition were announced under shimmering skies in an ancient riverbed in the Kgalagadi. The black-tie event marked the launch of a book with the winning images.
Best parks for whale watching
Winter is the time to experience some of the most exciting land-based whale watching in the world! Southern right whales migrate into the coastal waters of the Western Cape to calve and nurse their young. You'll also be able to see humpback and Bryde's whales (usually seen further off shore all year round).
Wild Card update
At the end of March many new Wild Cards were sent out to members who had purchased the card. The team are still in the process of sending cards and need your help to check that all your information is correct.
In search of lions, Roger and Pat de la Harpe happened upon this little fellow. They got more than they bargained for when mom and the rest of the cubs joined in the fun. Roger and Pat are working on a new book. For more information visit their book website at www.africanlions.co.za.
Amarula sunset finalists Round Three
We have picked 10 finalists from the third and final round of the Amarula Capture the Sunset competition. It was a hard task for our judges and an even harder one to choose three final winners! Winners will be announced in the Winter issue of Wild – out in June.
Win Win Win
Send us the name of the photographer who took your favourite photo and you could be the lucky winner of an Amarula hamper to the value of R500. The photographer whose picture has the most votes will earn themselves a R500 voucher from Cape Union Mart.
Send your vote along with your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org before 31 May 2011.
Trail-running in South African parks
From the Cape to the Berg, from desert to forest … trail-running is one of those activities that, like jogging and hiking, can be enjoyed just about anywhere. All you really need is a path, a good pair of shoes and your sense of adventure. Here are some trails to try
Clever little bumblebees
In nature, predators know that bright colours most likely mean danger. But it may not be the striking black and yellow stripes of bumblebees that warn predators they are dangerous.
A Sense for Scents
It is common knowledge that birds, while having excellent sight and hearing, fall short in the scent department. Interestingly enough, a few thousand years ago it was their sense of smell which was so acute.