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Oxpecker Research Facility unveiled at Mokopane
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Oxpecker Research Facility unveiled at Mokopane

Oxpecker Research Facility unveiled at Mokopane: The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa’s Mokopane Centre unveiled its custom-designed oxpecker facility on Friday 18th July 2008. This facility is for the research of Red-billed Oxpeckers with the aim of breeding and relocating these endangered birds to areas throughout South Africa. In the 1900’s oxpecker numbers were drastically reduced as a result of the use of dips to treat livestock against tick infestations. As a result, many oxpeckers, whose main source of food is ticks, were killed by the poison. Since that time, awareness ha...
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Arum Lily Reed Frog at Afton Grove Country Retreat
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Arum Lily Reed Frog at Afton Grove Country Retreat

Chris Spengler, owner of Afton Grove Country Retreat in Noordhoek - Cape Town, reports having recently found an Arum Lily Reed Frog (Hyperolius horstocki) on the glass pane of a dining door at the lodge recently. The Red Data listed species - Western Leopard Toad (Bufo Pantherinus) is resident for most of the year on the lodge grounds at Afton Grove Country Retreat. Other species that also occur at Afton Grove are: Clicking Stream Frog (Strongylopus grayii), Cape Sand Frog (Tomopterna delalandii) and Clawed Frog / Common Platana (Xenopus laevis). "It is a long time since I have been th...
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Stately “Lehututu” may not be around for much longer
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Stately “Lehututu” may not be around for much longer

Bela Bela - The stately Southern Ground Hornbill or "Lehututu" as it is locally called, may not be around for much longer. These huge black birds with their distinctive beaks and bright red wattles are part of the hornbill family that occurs naturally only in Africa and Asia. However, hornbill numbers are declining due to loss of habitat. "Many species will not survive without human intervention," says chief executive officer of the Limpopo Tourism and Parks Board, Benny Boshielo. "For any successful conservation effort, the active involvement of provincial authorities, conservation agencie...
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Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve
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Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve

Situated between the Kruger National Park and the Zululand Coast - the same Africa, a different world! Mkuze Falls is one of only two Private South African Game Reserves in the region where you can view the 'Big 5'. The Mkuze Falls Big Five Private Game Reserve is situated in the heart of historic Zululand in KwaZulu Natal. The reserve is located on land that once formed part of the 'Boer Republic', created when the pioneer leader, Piet Retief, bought the land from Dingaan, half brother of the great Zulu-king Shaka. Mkuze Falls Lodge consists of nine thatched chalets and a central lo...
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South Africa Game Reserves & Lodges
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South Africa Game Reserves & Lodges

South African National Parks and Game Reserves: South Africa boasts a huge collection of wildlife regions and game parks (both public and private) encompassing every possible landscape from deserts to forests, mountains to coast, teeming with wildlife species - including Africa’s Big 5: Leopard, Lion, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhinoceros. South Africa's Game Lodges and Bush Camps: Game lodges are located within private game reserves, national parks and nature reserves. The accommodations offered at a Game Lodge ranges from rustic to 5-star super-luxury; from self catering bush camps to ful...
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Fox News features Sanbona Reserve
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Fox News features Sanbona Reserve

Fox News & H Texas Magazine feature Sanbona Dick Dace visited Sanbona recently & was so impressed with his experience that he had Fox News in the USA show the footage he took on the reserve. Mr Dace also wrote the following article for H Texas magazine on the White Lions at Sanbona. At 6 a.m. on a brisk, fall day, the SUV bucked over the broken sandstone road in pursuit of game in the wild rosemary hills of Sanbona, South Africa. The Mediterranean blue skies greeted the dawn from last night’s rare rainstorm that prompted the March Lily to bloom in a spidery-profusion of white and p...
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