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The Namaqua dwarf adder (Bitis schneideri) is one of the many species of reptiles unique to the Namaqualand coastal strip.

Hide, seek and go

Namaqua National Park covers a remarkable diversity of habitats, ranging from arid uplands famous for spectacular wildflower blooms, to rolling coastal dunes and rugged coastline. At first glance the landscape appears devoid of wildlife.

Happy birthday, Bird Island!

There is reason for celebration in the Addo Elephant National Park (AENP) this year, as it has been a decade since the proclamation of the Bird Island Marine Protected Area (MPA) off Algoa Bay.
Elephants frolicking in the Addo Elephant National Park .

Chilled ellies are a matter of good relations

Ever wondered if you are imagining that the elephant in the Addo Elephant National Park are very relaxed? Particularly if you’ve driven around other national parks where these animals roam, and had to do a quick reverse in the face of flapping ears and loud trumpeting.
A black hyena caught carrying a carcass.

Study sheds light on hyenas

While it is no secret that brown hyena roam the Mountain Zebra National Park, little is known about their movement and the exact number of the current population nestled here in the Eastern Cape.
The mighty Smaug.

Save the sungazers!

While sungazers are often seen basking next to their burrows looking up at the sun, conservationists are looking further ahead for them – straight into the history books.
One of the park’s iconic quiver trees in bloom.

Augrabies’ quiver trees under threat

The quiver tree, Aloe dichotoma, is an iconic plant species and their distribution limited to the blistering, stony semi-desert areas in the Northern Cape and southern Namibia where they are a conspicuous feature of the landscape.
An  elephant is darted and DNA samples are taken to gain knowledge on the side effects of drug combinations.

Mammoth task is made easier

The chopper quiets down as it lands amid grass and dust is blown up from the rotors. A team of journalists eagerly approaches the sleeping animal, his leathery ear covering his eye. Hands move over his tusks, ears, trunk and feet with constant commentary about this close encounter. The experienced team working on the animal is mainly interested in the large veins at the back of the ear and immediately cut to the chase.

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