A memorable encounter with Sable Antelope — de Wets Wild

As mentioned in our previous post, the chief reason why Joubert and I decided to spend the first morning of our August trip to the Kruger National Park around Mlondozi Picnic Site was the recent sightings of a beautiful herd of sable antelope in that vicinity. Being one of our favourite antelope we couldn’t let […]

A memorable encounter with Sable Antelope — de Wets Wild

Apple snail: The threat and potential economic impacts on East Africa — Invasive Species Blog

Earlier this year, scientists from CABI and the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) published new research confirming that the apple snail, Pomacea canaliculata, had been discovered in Kenya for the first time. Widely considered to be one of the most invasive invertebrates of waterways and irrigation systems, the apple snail threatens Kenya’s rice production……

Apple snail: The threat and potential economic impacts on East Africa — Invasive Species Blog

Southern African Rock Python — de Wets Wild

Python sebae natalensis The largest snake occurring in Africa, and one of the biggest in the world, the African Rock Python is an impressive creature. Adult females are quite a bit heavier built than males and weigh around 55kg on average, attaining a length of around 4.8m though there are reports of snakes longer than […]

Southern African Rock Python — de Wets Wild

Green-backed Camaroptera — de Wets Wild

Camaroptera brachyura The Green-backed Camaroptera, also called the Bleating Camaroptera for its easily recognizable call, is found widely over sub-Saharan Africa in dense vegetation ranging from thickets in savannas to forests, where they feed almost exclusively on insects and other invertebrates caught in the undergrowth. In South Africa they’re found in the Lowveld and escarpment […]

Green-backed Camaroptera — de Wets Wild

Introduced Bird Species in South Africa — de Wets Wild

South Africa observes the “National Invasive Species Week” in October annually. Hosted by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, the campaign focuses on creating awareness among the South African public about the threats non-native species pose to our ecosystems. In this edition of de Wets Wild, we’ll be focusing on a handful of […]

Introduced Bird Species in South Africa — de Wets Wild

Celebrating 90 years since the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park was proclaimed — de Wets Wild

Wedged into a remote corner of South Africa’s Northern Cape, between Namibia and Botswana, lies a very special piece of the Kalahari Desert. Here a wilderness of dunes, pans and dry, sandy river beds is a safe refuge to a rich variety of natural life, and one of the last fully functional ecosystems remaining on earth. […]

Celebrating 90 years since the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park was proclaimed — de Wets Wild

Black-throated Canary — de Wets Wild

Crithagra atrogularis The Black-throated Canary is a timid and inconspicuous seed-eating bird inhabiting open and dry grasslands and savannas, usually near a reliable source of water. They forage mainly on the ground and, in addition to seeds, will also feed on flowers, nectar and soft-bodied insects. Black-throated Canaries may breed throughout the year, but there’s […]

Black-throated Canary — de Wets Wild

African Grass (Sooty) Blue Butterfly — de Wets Wild

Zizeeria knysna The African Grass Blue, or Sooty Blue, Butterfly, is common and widespread in every corner of South Africa. Furthermore, they’re found throughout the rest of our continent, in Arabia, Cyprus and Spain. It occurs in every habitat, from desert to forest, and is one of the most abundant butterflies on suburban lawns, having […]

African Grass (Sooty) Blue Butterfly — de Wets Wild

Black Mamba — de Wets Wild

Dendroaspis polylepis Unquestionably one of the most deadly snakes on the planet, the Black Mamba is rightly feared wherever it occurs. It is found in three widely separate parts of the African continent and in South Africa it may be encountered in most of Kwazulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo and parts of the North West Province. […]

Black Mamba — de Wets Wild

In South Africa, Poachers Now Traffic in Tiny Succulent Plants — Natural History Wanderings

The New York Times reports Police search the desert trying to track down the poachers selling Conophytums to collectors worldwide, threatening to wipe out rare plants in the wild. Conophytum, a genus of flowering plants that consists of over 100 species — including several listed as endangered — are the latest victims of a global […]

In South Africa, Poachers Now Traffic in Tiny Succulent Plants — Natural History Wanderings