The summer 2009 issue of Wild magazine is packed with wonderful features that will entice you into planning your next trip. Wild5-Summer-2009-PAGE

We go in search of the rare antelope of Southern Africa and find out what conservationists are doing to help species such as roan and tsessebe return. We look at the important roles birds play in the environment. And animal behaviourist Dr Justin O’Riain reveals some of the remarkable reasons why animals form groups. Once you’ve read our article you’ll look at a herd of impala in a whole new way!

If you’re planning to get out there, Wild has plenty of ideas on where to go and what to do. Join us as we explore the national parks and nature reserves along the Garden Route, from the dramatic Tsitsikamma coastline to the cool, deep forests at Knysna. Or find out where you can go swimming with penguins, marvel at giant redwood trees or fish one of 21 scenic spots.

And as always there’s something for the kids: the funny places animals choose to sleep and the wonderful worlds hiding in rock pools.

Parks in the spotlight: Garden Route

Wildlife: Rare antelope

Animal behaviour: Group living

Environment: Invasive plants

Ed’s choice of parks: Boulders, Grootvadersbosch, Mokala, Mountain Zebra and Royal Natal

Activities: Fly-fishing

Map: Routes on Table Mountain

Scrapbook: Nature photographers the Van den Bergs

Kids: Animal naptime, rock pools