If you are planning a trip to a game reserve soon, then consider a visit to Blaauberg Nature Reserve along the West Coast, as it now boasts of a wide range of free-roaming game including eight eland species recently relocated to the area.

Apart from the vierity of game to be viewed, visitors will also be able to indulge in an aray of different plant species on offer.

In the statement issued last week by the City of Cape Town, the recent release of the last eland to the reserve – on Wednesday 8 March – was  describe as a “momentous occasion”.

Brett Herron Mayco member for transport and urban development, said the eland, or Taurotragus oryx  as it is also known, was relocated from Koeberg Nature Reserve.

“The other seven eland were introduced to the Blaauberg Nature Reserve in December last year and in February this year.

“The animals were donated by Koeberg Nature Reserve as part of their management of eland population in that reserve. In September 2016 we also released five red hartebeest in the Blaauberg Nature Reserve that were obtained from private game owners,” Herron said.

He said the release of the animals is part of the reserve’s game introduction management plan that will serve to enhance management of the vegetation cover and other ecological process. Apart from the red hartebeest and eland, grey rhebok are also earmarked for reintroduction.

“We plan to release more of the designated species depending on the numbers that can be allowed,” Herron said.

One eland has been collard for vegetation and habitat use monitoring within the reserve.

Suzette Little, Mayco member (North) said monitoring the species is critical, as they need to ensure that the reintroduced animals do not impact negatively on the reserve’s critically endangered vegetation types.

The reserve is approximately 2000 hectares in size.

“It has a rich mosaic of natural, cultural and historic elements, and being so close to Cape Town, the reserve has potential to become an open air classroom that is easily accessible,” said little.

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In the past, such drought resulted in mass deaths of wildlife. Of particular concern to Mwalua is the death of elephants.

“Elephants are becoming endangered from poaching, and we need to save the ones we have left by providing water for them until the drought peril is over,” says Mwalua on his GoFundMe page.

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LONDON — Customs officers at Hong Kong International Airport on Wednesday arrested a passenger arriving from Maputo who was found to be carrying seven kilogrammes of rhino horn with an estimated value of 1.4 million Hong Kong dollars (about 180,000 US dollars).

A communique from the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region stated that the traveller had arrived from Maputo via Addis Ababa. It added, “during Customs clearance, about seven kilogrammes of suspected rhino horns wrapped in aluminium sheets and adhesive tape were found inside his check-in baggage. The man was then arrested”.

The case has been handed over to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department for follow-up investigation. Any person found guilty of importing or exporting an endangered species without a licence faces a maximum fine of 5 million Hong Kong dollars and imprisonment of two years.

This seizure once again shows up the lax security, or corruption, at Maputo airport. All luggage is supposed to pass through scanners, which ought to pick up items as bulky as seven kilos of rhino horn.




WEB_PHOTO_Whale_Shark_110317: A whale shark which took up up temporary residence in the Knysna lagoon is carried to deeper water in the lagoon.© Photo: NSRI A whale shark which took up up temporary residence in the Knysna lagoon is carried to deeper water in the lagoon.


KNYSNA, CAPE TOWN – A whale shark appears to have taken up temporary residence in the Knysna lagoon in an effort to avoid the colder water on the sea side of the Knysna Heads.

National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Knysna deputy station commander Declan Nurse said the duty crew responded aboard the sea rescue craft Jaytee IV at 7.15am on Saturday following reports from staff at the St James Hotel of a whale shark appearing to be stranded on the shoreline 4km up the Knysna Lagoon.

“On arrival on the scene the animal, appearing to be weak and in ill-health, was assisted with breathing using a water pump to pump water through its gills and the animal appeared to gather strength,” he said.

Advice was sought from specialists and the NSRI crew were joined on the scene by SA National Parks (SANParks) rangers. The Knysna Motor Strippers towing company provided towing strops which were used to attempt to return the animal to the water. A group of paddlers also joined the efforts to try to save the whale shark.

“Once in deeper water, initially the animal appeared to swim but on further observation the animal appeared to lose the will to fight and it is strongly suspected, according to marine specialists and vets, that the cold water was what affected the animal – normally found further north in KwaZulu-Natal in warmer waters,” Nurse said.

“We then used the strops provided to tow the animal using our sea rescue craft and attempts were made to return the animal to deep-sea water beyond the Heads in an effort to give the animal its best chance at survival, but each time we neared the Heads where water temperature was colder the whale shark escaped and returned to the shallower warmer waters nearer to sand banks.

“The whale shark is currently about a nautical mile from the Heads inside of the lagoon in shallower warmer waters and although we are cautiously optimistic that the whale shark may survive SANParks rangers will continue to monitor the animal which remains close to their offices. NSRI thank all who assisted, SANParks rangers and the public,” Nurse said.

Whale sharks – the biggest fish in the world – are docile, non-aggressive animals that pose no danger to humans.







A Chinese zoo’s supposed ‘African lion’ was exposed as a fraud when the dog (above) used as a substitute started barking.

The zoo in the People’s Park of Luohe, in the central province of Henan, replaced exotic exhibits with common species, according to the state-run Beijing Youth Daily.

It quoted a customer surnamed Liu who wanted to show her son the different sounds animals made – but he pointed out that the animal in the cage labelled ‘African lion’ was barking.

The beast was in fact a Tibetan mastiff – a large and long-haired breed of dog.

“The zoo is absolutely cheating us,” the paper quoted Liu, who was charged 15 yuan ($2.45) for the ticket, as saying.

“They are trying to disguise the dogs as lions.”

Three other species housed incorrectly included two coypu rodents in a snake’s cage, a white fox in a leopard’s den, and another dog in a wolf pen.

The chief of the park’s animal department, Liu Suya, told the paper that while it does have a lion, it had been taken to a breeding facility and the dog – which belonged to an employee – had been temporarily housed in the zoo over safety concerns.

Users of China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo service mocked the zoo.

“This is not funny at all. It’s sad for both the zoo and the animals,” said one.

“They should at least use a husky to pretend to be a wolf,” said another.


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File photo: The City was informed of the beached whale on Sunday morning. Picture: Reuters


Cape Town – A juvenile humpback whale beached at Sandy Bay beach in the early hours of Sunday Morning.

Personnel from the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Management Department and the National Department of Environmental Affairs are on the scene.

The public is requested to please avoid the area as the beach will remain closed for the rest of the day.

The City was informed of the beached whale on Sunday morning.

Officials from the National Department of Environmental Affairs have decided on euthanasia.

Once the process has been concluded the carcass will be towed to the Hout Bay harbour from where it will be taken to the landfill site at Vissershok.

The public is requested to avoid Sandy Bay beach and the Hout Bay harbour during the course of the day as the operation will only be completed late on Sunday evening.