A Hot Box of Knowledge
Feb15

A Hot Box of Knowledge

I became a member of the Herpetological Association of Africa (HAA) almost a year ago now, and I can safely say it is one of the most worthwhile memberships I have. Founded in 1965 the HAA is dedicated to the study and conservation of African reptiles and amphibians. I have been working on my freshwater terrapin research here in South Africa for the past year. In that time I have constantly come across the surnames and research...

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Wildlife Friendly Gardening And Amphibians
Feb13

Wildlife Friendly Gardening And Amphibians

Conservation at home aiding a global protection initiative in your own garden. Unfortunately, most of us know of the impending doom amphibians seem to be facing. For those of us who maybe don’t, here is a sample of the doom which we as individuals can help change for them. Most experts in the field of amphibian conservation now agree that one of the major causes for amphibian decline globally is habitat loss. Urbanisation is...

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A Nocturnal Hunt For The “Lions of the Ground”
Feb08

A Nocturnal Hunt For The “Lions of the Ground”

I hope a title like this has gained everyone’s attention! I had been in South Africa for nearly a month, and I won’t get to bogged down in all the details but so far the experience had been fantastic and rewarding in nearly every way! I admit it… this title is a play on words. In my time here so far I must admit I have seen none of “The big 5″(Lion, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Black/White Rhino and Leopard)...

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It Pays To Have A Hard Shell
Jan04

It Pays To Have A Hard Shell

For my time here in South Africa, my main field site is the Ndumo Game Reserve. This place is truly incredible and I feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to call this wonderful piece of wilderness my “workshop/office” for the next couple of years. On saying that, I feel a bit envious of the people who just get to visit it and explore it at leisure. After only visiting once, I have had to reconsider many of my...

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Immersed In The World Of The Crocodile
Dec19

Immersed In The World Of The Crocodile

This May from the 22nd to the 28th, I was extremely fortunate to have attended, all thanks to Professor Downs, the IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG) 24th working meeting at Kruger National Park in South Africa. For me to attend such a event the term “kid in a candy-shop” comes to mind.┬áThere are in total 23 species of crocodile worldwide (the west and central-southern populations of Nile crocodile are sometimes...

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