The use of the term “Dune Restoration” in scenarios where restoration measures are questionable and restoration goals undefined, is misleading and incorrect. Analysing three case studies in the Cape Peninsula it becomes clear that “Dune Restoration” is a pipe dream under current conditions and the term is rather used as a guise for personal gain.
I spent a number of days immersed in all things thought to be cutting edge for the late 1800s and was drawn to the writing style and imagination displayed by the authors. While I have barely scratched the surface in uncovering the treasures that these books contain, this is a small collection of thoughts shaped through the reading of some of the articles presented in the Ninth Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
The charismatic African Penguin is a species in freefall as a result of increased fishing pressures and shifts in the distribution of their prey species. Here in Cape Town, we have a number of breeding colonies on our doorstep and should be doing everything in our power to ensure the recovery and survival of this important coastal bird.
Thought of as a “Living Fossil”, the Coelacanth has piqued the interest and captured the imaginations of fishermen, scientists and the general public alike. Throughout its history, forces have acted to mould this fish into the strange looking specimen that we encounter today… an appearance reminiscent of its ancient ancestors.
Patterns in Bird Community Responses to Elephant Impacts along a Transformation Gradient in the Sundays Thicket of the Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa.
Dubbed the “Windows to the Soul”, the eyes of the animal kingdom vary greatly in not only colour, size and shape but also in strength and functionality.
A review of the literature pertaining to the issues brought about by local overabundance in MPAs and the degree to which both reserve design and general ocean health can influence this phenomenon.
Cape clawless otters are common in myths and legends and are classed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and yet I still consider myself extremely lucky to spot them during an early morning beach walk.