Image Source: Gwynne Howells iSimangaliso

The Ancient Cycle Of Life

The following article is by Gwynne Howells, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. November in iSimangaliso Wetland Park heralds the beginning of one of the most special and awe-inspiring miracles of this world heritage site – the nesting of endangered turtles on the 220km golden shoreline. Annually, between the months of November and March, leatherback and loggerhead turtles haul their massive bodies out of the Indian Ocean and up to the base of the dunes, to lay their eggs. In this most ancient cycle of life, turtles return with almost magical accuracy to the very same beach where they hatched. Of the seven […]

Malaria Prevention this Summer

With the holiday season nearly upon us, many people will be heading to warm holiday areas in and around South Africa. But warm weather can also bring out the mosquitoes and sometimes the risk of malaria, especially in the hot tropical areas. If you’re going to be in an area with the risk of malaria, make sure you and your family do what you can to avoid the disease. Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite called Plasmodium, which is carried by mosquitoes. If you have travelled to a malaria area, you need to keep a watchful eye afterwards […]


NY Antique Dealer Jailed for Rhino Horn & Ivory Products

This is indeed good news, but sadly still a drop in the ocean. A New York antiques dealer was sentenced on 5 December 2013 for conspiracy to smuggle Asian artefacts made from rhino horns and ivory. The antiques dealer, Qiang Wang, was sentenced to three years and one month with a further three years supervised release by a United States federal court. This followed his arrest  in February 2013 as a result of “Operation Crash”, an ongoing nationwide effort led by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Justice Department to detect, deter and prosecute those engaged in the illegal killing […]

Coral Reef

Reefs In recovery

Coral Reefs have the ability to regenerate should they ever be damaged by storms or any other naturally occurring event. However as the ocean changes as a result of things like warming and acidification it becomes more difficult for coral reefs to recover. Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg talks more about this issue in the latest Seaview Science video.