Wildthings

IFAW unveils a bold new brand and website

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) — a global animal welfare and conservation non-profit organisation — unveils its bold new brand, including a new logo and website. These changes come at a critical moment when awareness and action, from both ...

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Vampire bats – what you want to know

A creature of legend thanks to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the common vampire bat is feared and disliked by many. However, they are interesting animals, and not quite as evil as many might think! Is the bad reputation deserved? Not at ...

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Captive lions in appalling conditions

Inspectors from the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) wildlife protection unit obtained a warrant after receiving a complaint regarding lions that were in a shocking condition in the North West Province. Upon arrival, the inspectors were horrified to find two ...

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Arrests made for capture and abuse of cheetahs

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) was appalled to hear about the two cheetahs that had been illegally captured, and severely compromised to the point that one of the cheetahs succumbed to death. On 3 March 2019, two suspects were ...

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Sea anemone – 10 cool things

Sea anemones are very interesting creatures, providing food and place to hide for many sea animals. But how much do you know about the sea anemone? 1. Animal or plant? Sea anemones look like ocean flowers, but they are actually ...

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Spot the leopard

If you see a spotted cat in the wild, how do you know it is a leopard and not a cheetah? For all those who want to know, the leopard has more muscle and is larger than the cheetah. Built ...

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How to identify a cheetah

Do you know how to identify a cheetah in the wild? It can be difficult if you don’t know the differences between the cheetah, African leopard, jaguar and even the snow leopard. The March 2019 issue of Animaltalk has the ...

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Tracking poachers in the Kruger National Park

The College’s dog trainer Tina de Flamingh with one of the Beagles after a training exercise (Photo by Cherene Denoon-Stevens) Ten kilometres west of the Kruger National Park is the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC), offering conservation education, training and ...

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Snakes as pets – what to consider

People have different ideas when it comes to choosing a pet. If you want a pet to cuddle, then reconsider opting for a snake, and rather get a dog, cat or a bunny. Snakes are not the easiest pets to ...

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10 cool things about the polar bear

Awesome facts about the polar bear: 1. Transparent fur Polar bears appear white, but their fur is actually transparent. It only appears white because it reflects visible light. To humans and other animals who can see only visible light, the ...

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