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Starting up your marine aquarium

With Finding Dory hitting the big screens in mid-2016, children all over the world will again be talking about clownfish, hippo tangs and angelfish … Setting up and maintaining a marine aquarium can be a challenging but fulfilling hobby. While ...

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Bluefin tuna

Like all tuna, the bluefin is a saltwater finfish who is part of the mackerel family. For many years, bluefin tuna have been fished extensively leading to severe overfishing. This month, we list 10 cool things about bluefin tuna!   ...

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NSPCA warns animal owners about the heat wave

The extreme weather conditions affect all animals. The importance of shade and access to drinking water is emphasised. Chained or confined animals are especially at risk. Contact your local SPCA and provide details so that assistance can be given in ...

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Waterfowl for your garden

Are you interested in keeping waterfowl in your garden? Aviculture is enjoyed by people from all walks of life and provides a wonderful way for bird enthusiasts to learn more about various species. Provided they have a home which is ...

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Fat be gone

Obesity is the biggest health problem facing South African pets. Many owners believe a ‘little extra padding’ is not serious – but it is. Overweight pets have shorter lives, are at higher risk of diseases like arthritis, urinary conditions, skin ...

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Animals in Distress fun run/walk

Join The Society for Animals in Distress for their annual family fun run/ walk and dog jog. The event is scheduled for Sunday, 4th October, which is also World Animal Day. The event is hosted in commemoration of animals and animal ...

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Pearl Valley raises R120 000 for rhino conservation

Celebrity golf day that makes a difference Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate’s annual Celebrity Golf Day raised R120 000 for the Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative, a programme of The Wilderness Foundation. The event played out on the championship ...

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Cool things about the nile crocodile

  One of the largest of all crocodilians, the Nile crocodile weighs up to 900kg and can grow to a length of over 6m (their average weight is 410kg and average length is 4m). The Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is ...

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More about the Driven Hunt on Carte Blanche

By Thursday morning a band of 13 European hunters had killed 49 animals in a ongoing Driven Hunt in Limpopo province.  Animal activists this week descended on the farms where the animals were killed, vehemently protesting the controversial practice. Local and international ...

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Pet rats: your questions answered

Rats are social and affectionate animals who often develop an intense connection to their humans. They are intelligent and can be taught simple tricks or to respond to their names. Contrary to popular belief, they are very clean and easy ...

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Cruelty and lawlessness leads to arrest at rodeo

Two men and a woman were arrested on Saturday 22 August 2015 in Viljoenskroon after they had defied a Court Order obtained by the NSPCA from a Senior Magistrate in Kroonstad. The Court Order stated that bulls may not be ...

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Township dog show scheduled for 11 October

SA’s oldest ‘township dog show’, the uMngeni SPCA/Hill’s Township Dog Show is happening on 11 October 2015. What’s it all about? Mixed breeds, mutts and township specials will proudly strut their stuff at the 13th uMngeni SPCA/Hill’s Township Dog Show, at Howick West ...

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