Different types of bats: how many are there?

Bats are the second-largest group of mammals, after rodents, and there are tons of different types of bats all around the world. How many different kinds you ask? Well, let’s find out.  All bats fall under the scientific name Chiroptera, a Greek word meaning “hand wing.” Bats can be found almost everywhere in the world....

All about the different types of grasses of Southern Africa

Part of field guiding is uncovering the spectacular in something seemingly mundane – like talking about the different types of grasses of Southern Africa – for example. But you may be surprised by just how interesting the different types of grasses can be, and how important they are to our ecosystems.  While the rustling sound...

How fast can a hippopotamus run and other gobsmacking hippo facts

One of the savannah’s most dangerous creatures is short, fat, and a herbivore. What is it? A hippopotamus! And we have some gobsmacking hippo facts that’ll prove it.  Among the plumpest of Africa’s wild animals, hippos seem carefree, calm, and oh-so slow. But irritate these orb-shaped savannah occupants and you’ll be up against much more...

Setting sights on South African animals: climate change and wildlife

BY: Tasneem Johnson-Dollie Africa is home to around a quarter of the world’s biodiversity. But, it’s also bearing the brunt of the effects of the climate crisis.  How has climate change affected African wildlife, and how are animals adapting to changes in their environment? Let’s find out.  What is the climate crisis? The African context...

How environmental research jobs in South Africa pack a punch

Some images in this article were taken pre-COVID-19.  BY: Tasneem Johnson-Dollie Environmental research jobs are key to tackling the many challenges facing Earth’s natural spaces. In South Africa, environmental researchers drive some of the most impactful and complex conservation efforts in the world.  Here’s more about what environmental jobs in South Africa are all about...

Safari guide courses that’ll set you up for success

Photo by: Taya Maasch Some images in this article were taken pre-COVID-19.  BY: Tasneem Johnson-Dollie Deciding to become a safari guide is fairly simple for any nature enthusiast. But with so many safari guide courses to choose from, picking the right one  for you can be tricky. You want to gain all the theory, skills...

A World Rhino Day quiz: What type of rhino would you be?

Photo by: Donald Fraser BY: Tasneem Johnson-Dollie Celebrate World Rhino Day by finding out which of the world’s rhinos you have the most in common with! Completing our World Rhino Day quiz will also teach you some rhino facts and fill you in on more about one of the world’s most endangered species. And this...

How the world celebrates World Rhino Day

BY: Tasneem Johnson-Dollie World Rhino Day comes around on 22 September every year, and while it’s all about rhino conservation, there seem to be many different ways of celebrating it. This day, to honour the rhino, was established in 2010. Since then, people across the world have come up with interesting ways to put rhinos...