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Is Shark Culling the Answer?

Is Shark Culling the Answer?

After the recent shark attack in Fish Hoek, False Bay (South Africa), I was going to just add a comment to my blog Rethink the Shark from Villain to Sophisticate. However when I started writing, I decided that the issues deserve a full blog, so here I get on my shark soapbox once again. What happened? … Continue reading

Is Trophy Hunting Sustainable?

Is Trophy Hunting Sustainable?

Trophy hunting in Africa is not an activity of the past, as many tourists on African photographic wildlife safaris may think. Trophy hunting is still as alive as it was 100 years ago with the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, and buffalo) still being the most popular and most expensive to hunt. However, species … Continue reading

Busting the Myth – Saving the Species

Busting the Myth – Saving the Species

When I opened my Facebook this morning, I read the terribly sad news that Absa, Aquila’s rhino, who has been fighting for his live since Saturday, tragically passed away during the night. For those of you who have not followed the story, poachers came into Aquila Private Game Reserve (2 hrs north of Cape Town) … Continue reading

The Sad Demise of Fred the Baboon

The Sad Demise of Fred the Baboon

Having moved to the Cape Peninsula some years ago, we regularly get visitors from Europe who stay with us and wonder at the local wildlife. Whales, penguins, ostriches and….baboons! Driving along the coastal road past Simon’s Town and on to Cape Point, it is almost impossible not to encounter the Peninsula’s infamous Chacma baboons. In … Continue reading

Rethink the Shark from Villain to Sophisticate

Rethink the Shark from Villain to Sophisticate

This week, the City of Cape Town in cooperation with the Shark Spotting Programme released a public caution to all water users of an increase in White shark activity in the False Bay area. Since the beginning of December, the Shark Spotters have recorded 24 shark sightings between Muizenberg and Fishhoek, and in Noordhoek. White … Continue reading