Monthly Archives: February 2013

10 Fastest land Mammals

Can you name the top 10 fastest land Mammals and what speed do they go at? Cheetah 114 km Pronghorn Antelope 95 km Blue Wildebeest 80 km Springbuck 80 km Lion 80 km Brown Hare 77 km Red Fox 77 … Continue reading

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Interesting animal facts from around the world

Animals are fascinating for so many reasons, some simply because of their beauty, some because of their ability to kill you and some because of their life styles and ability to cause phobias.   If you decide to research some … Continue reading

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Somkhanda Game Reserve

Don’t you just hate it when you sit down to write a blog post or article that’s so boring that you can’t even be bothered to read it? Well that’s just what I have done so I am trying again! … Continue reading

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BUFFALO THORN TREE – Culturally and medicinally extremely important

Buffalo Thorn, Ziziphus mucronata, Blink-blaar-wag-‘n-bietjie (the translation from Afrikaans would be “shiny-leaf wait-a-bit”), umLahlabantu (Zulu). This tree represents life as we know it as the young twigs are zigzagged, indicating that life is not straight forward. The tree has two … Continue reading

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Vultures: scientific names explained

1.    White-backed Vulture – Gyps africanus The Gyps vultures are a genus of Old World vultures in the bird family Accipitridae, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks. Gups is Greek for ‘griffon vulture’. Africanus: (Latin) refers to its … Continue reading

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South African Vultures

South Africa boasts nine different species of vultures ranging from the huge Lappet-faced down to the tiny, by vulture standards, Hooded and Palm-nut Vultures. As a rule vultures are large birds with strong hooked bills and very weak feet. Having … Continue reading

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