I spent a week doing duty as a SANParks Honorary Ranger on Malgas Island as part of the Pelican Watch Programme for the Cape gannet 2021/22 breeding season. This is a collection of photographs and musings detailing the conservation efforts and history of the Programme set up to conserve the Endangered Cape gannet
Life at sea onboard the R/V Algoa. Stories from the marine research cruises of the Annual West Coast Humpback Whale Survey, the February 2017 Integrated Ecosystem Program (IEP) and the Cape Canyon Survey along the West Coast of South Africa.
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.
This article is the result of a request from one of the Long Beach locals to learn more about the life history and migration behaviour of the tern species frequenting South Africa’s extensive coastline.
I recently spent two weeks sailing the Good Hope Line aboard the SA Agulhas II with a team from BirdLife SA. We spent the time recording the seabird and mammal species encountered between Cape Town and the Antarctic Marginal Ice Zone.
The historic story describing my late grandfather’s extraordinary encounters with a pair of bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, back in 1953.
My experiences, photographs and observations from my first visit to the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.
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.