He’s 42, has grey wrinkly skin and loves tummy rubs. Sudan is the last male Northern White rhino in the world. Protected 24/7 by highly-trained staff at Ol Pejeta, he leads a comfortable life. But you’d have to wonder what he’d think if he understood he was the last of his kind on the planet, and that nothing more was done to save the Northern White Rhino. There are currently […]

An annual vulture tagging project was established with the aim of saving our critically endangered vultures of Zululand. There are five Savannah species of vulture found in Zululand, all of them listed as endangered or critically endangered. It is projected that breeding pairs of Lappet Faced and White Headed Vultures will be facing extinction locally by 2020 if current trends continue – wildlifeACT.com The objectives of the annual Zululand Vulture Tagging Project […]

There are five species of South African marine turtles out of the seven species found worldwide. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park with its pristine beaches comprises one of the last significant laying sites in Africa for loggerheads and leatherbacks. Marine turtles have a heritage going back at least 110 million years, and fall into two main subgroups. We have the unique family Dermochelyidae, which consists of a singe soft-shelled species, the leatherback. The […]

Karoo anti fracking group wins court order: This week saw a win for the Karoo Action Group in their fight to prevent fracking in the Karoo region. We pick up this story published in the Business Day with their permission: “A PRETORIA judge yesterday ordered Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu to supply anti-fracking lobby group Treasure the Karoo Action Group with an affidavit stating why the Department of Mineral Resources […]

Sasol shelves fracking plans: The decision by Sasol not to pursue hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Karoo has been a welcome one in the fight against this dirty and unsafe practice. This is a continuing and pressing problem of international importance. It has the potential of  jeopardizing our waterways,  as part of the process includes injecting toxic chemicals into shale to extract natural gas trapped deep within the ground. […]