Entries by The Rhino Club

ANIMAL FACTS: RHINO CAPTURE

We’ve learnt a little about rhinos so far, and this month we are going to take a look at how rhinos are captured and moved to new homes. Rhino capture occurs for various reasons, relocation being but one. They are also captured for veterinary treatment if they are found to have a man-induced injury such […]

ITHALA GAME RESERVE: SCENIC WONDER WITH BIRDS TO MATCH

East of Vryheid and below the village of Louwsburg in northern KwaZulu-Natal, lies the very scenic Ithala Game Reserve (See Resort of the Month – Ntshondwe). This rugged game reserve is characterised by an amazing diversity of geological formations resulting in many differing habitats that include thornveld in the lower areas, with open grassland dominating […]

SNAKES ALIVE – PART 2

In our previous article on snakes we described how many of the adder family used infra-red or heat-sensing to track their mammalian prey. Two researchers from the Wits University have discovered that these snakes also use their tongues to lure amphibian prey to within striking distance. Not being herpetologists we feel that we could not […]

ANIMAL FACTS: THE WHITE RHINOS OF KZN

White rhino numbers increased so well that by the early 1980s they were offered for sale to private land-owners on the annual Natal Parks Board game auction. This wonderful work was continued successfully by the successor to the Natal Parks Board, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. You will notice that we are not including the population figures […]

RESORT OF THE MONTH: ORIBI GORGE

GPS co-ordinates: 30d16’24.35″E 30d43’54.92″S One of KwaZulu-Natal’s most spectacular natural settings, the scenic Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, proclaimed on 1 April 1950, is 1 917 ha in extent. It lies snugly at the head of the spectacular Umzimkulwana River gorge, which is lined with dense coastal bush and forests. This small gem of a protected […]

MASSIVE BIODIVERSITY DATABASE AVAILABLE

A massive biodiversity database is now available to scientists and will assist them to monitor the loss of species globally (and areas of concern). Biodiversity is being lost worldwide, but some areas are particularly badly affected. This map shows the remaining populations of indigenous species as a percentage of their original populations. Blue areas are […]