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World Pangolin Day: A tribute to pangolin

by Tswalu Kalahari on February 16, 2019 in Conservation, News, Wildlife, 
A pangolin is a prehistoric-looking mammal with large keratin scales covering its skin. It uses its well-developed sense of smell to find insects. It’s a nocturnal animal, which makes spotting it on a game drive during daylight, extremely difficult,… Continue reading

7 facts about giraffe, by Dylan Smith

by Tswalu Kalahari on January 20, 2019 in Conservation, News, Wildlife, 
Three decades ago, giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) species in Africa numbered about 150 000 individuals across their range. Today that figure has dropped by about 40% to around 95 000 animals. Reasons for the decline are habitat loss and degradation,… Continue reading

Tree survival in the Kalahari, by field guide Kyle Ansell

by Tswalu Kalahari on January 08, 2019 in Conservation, News, 
Dealing with the lack of surface water and rainfall within the Kalahari area is a real challenge. The camel thorn (Vachellia erioloba) deals with this challenge by putting a lot of time and effort into its very large tap root structure. The roots of large… Continue reading

Meet the honey badger! by Dylan Smith

by Tswalu Kalahari on January 03, 2019 in News, Wildlife, 
Meet the honey badger (Mellivora capensis), a widely distributed species across Africa, the Middle East and areas of Asia. They are close relatives of otters, polecats, wolverines, minks and martens (the Mustelidae family). Although considered by the… Continue reading

10 facts about meerkats

by Tswalu Kalahari on December 09, 2018 in Meerkats, News, 
Mating is usually reserved for the alpha male and female. When she is ready to breed, the alpha female chases away other females of 10 months and older who she sees as a threat. The pregnant female will increase her body weight by approximately 40% during… Continue reading

The feisty and courageous mole-rat, by field guide Juan Venter

by Tswalu Kalahari on December 05, 2018 in News, Wildlife, 
Feisty and courageous, with a hint of cuteness to top it off, is the perfect description of this little burrowing rodent. With a set of teeth like a spade and impressive digging claws, the Damaraland mole-rat (Fukomys damarensis) makes his way through… Continue reading