Cape Parrots

Every year, for the past 20 years, volunteers spend chilly early mornings and evenings watching out for Cape Parrots. In 2017 the Cape Parrot Big Birding Day takes place on the afternoon of the 6th and morning of the 7th May. Flocks of Cape Parrots (Poicephalus robustus) are a regular sighting in the Midlands as…

Samango Monkey

Cercopithecus mitis The Samango monkey  is South Africa’s only exclusively forest dwelling monkey. The endangered subspecies Cercopithecus mitis labiatus occurs in Afromontane forests. These irreplaceable forests, found on moist southern slopes from the Cape to Limpopo, comprise just 0.4 % of South Africa. They are fragmented and vulnerable due to degradation and increased demand for…

Ann Burke

“There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.” Aldo Leopold Sometimes people are born on the wrong continent. Ann Burke was. Her mom, Joann realised this early on. “Her favourite puzzle was of warthogs in a muddy water hole” Joann remembers fondly. “I thought it was an ugly picture but…

Jackals

Jackals are not everyone favourite animal, despite being very beautiful. The black-backed jackal, Canis mesomelas – Adult jackals weigh between 6 and 11 Kg, with 8Kg being the average in most parts of Southern Africa. By the age of 6 months, young jackals have acquired all of their permanent teeth, and by the age of…