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The majestic Cape rhinoceros – lost to history

In this week’s #SpeciesInFocus we celebrate World Rhino Day by looking back at the sad history of the southern black rhinoceros (D. b. bicornis) in the Cape. Few are aware that the southern black rhinoceros was once abundant in the Cape of Good Hope, but...

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Dark caverns and blind critters

For those of us lucky enough to have spent time on Table Mountain we are well aware of how unique and diverse some of her species are, with some found nowhere else on earth. Few visitors, however, have ever ventured into the network of caves, home...

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La Motte Hiking Trail

Where better to start a hike than on a beautiful wine estate, that is not only producing top quality wines, but is also committed to conservation excellence. As an estate, La Motte is committed to the highest conservation and biodiversity standards, and their hiking trail is...

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Fabulous Fynbos Wines: Vondeling

Yesterday's delicious Rooibos #FynbosFlavours were paired with the creamy and environmentally friendly Vondeling Chardonnay. As a WWF Conservation Champion Vondeling, and its sister estate Bowwood, are following an impressive and noteworthy environmentally sensitive approach to farming. With 200 ha of their 654 ha farm under...

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Strikingly beautiful and misunderstood

Photo Credit: Peter Chadwick To celebrate Reptile Awareness Day we look at one of the most misunderstood animals on the planet, a reptile that strikes fear into the hearts of most mortals. Sharing a top spot with spiders, there are few things, if any, that terrify...

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Dassies – our little energy efficient herbivores

Dassies (Procavia capensis) are a common sight when hiking in the Table Mountain National Park. More closely related to elephants than the guinea pigs that they superficially resemble, dassies are one of four living species in the order Hyracoidea, and the only living species in...