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Leopard caught in settlement, safely released in the Magaliesberg

A leopard that was caught in a settlement near Brits in July, has been looked after by the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre for the past month, and has now been released in a suitable and safe area in the Magaliesberg mountain.

Local sculptor’s giant giraffe to Texas

A nine metre giraffe in cold bronze is on its way to Texas all the way from De Wildt!

What is next for the hyacinth on Hartbeespoort Dam?

Earlier this year, an effective and long-term biological control programme, led by the Centre for Biological...

Health department unwind on nature trail

Health workers of the Department of Health in the Madibeng office attended a debriefing session at the picturesque Van Gaalen Cheese...

Community objects to 40 ha township

Hundreds of Hartbeespoort residents have objected against a proposed 40 ha township on the R513 (Van...

Elephant with tyre around its neck rescued

Brits pilot and conservationist, Tokkie Botes, recently assisted in the rescue of a young elephant that had managed to get a tyre wedged around his head. Tokkie a pilot for Flying for Freedom, a non-profit organisation that assist in animal conservation, was requested by the North West Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism (DEDECT) to assist when a young elephant bull was spotted with a tyre around its head at the Rietfontein Game Ranch near Zeerust. Together with veterinarian, Dr Paul Bartels, Tokkie set off in his helicopter to join rangers from Madikwe Game Reserve in tracking the elephant. “Community members alerted the department of the elephant with the tyre around its head and a coordinated effort was made to find the animal,” said spokesperson for DEDECT, Dumisa Seshabela. “The elephant was undoubtedly in a lot of discomfort. The elephant was found fairly easily based on the last reported sightings from the community. Once darted, it was determined that it was a teenage male, and the team worked quickly to remove the tyre,” she said. She said landowners often use tyres to prevent erosion and it is suspected that the young elephant may have picked one up out of curiosity, and it slipped down its trunk, getting wedged over its mouth. “The operation was completed in a matter of hours, thanks to the efficient and specialist expertise of our members and the airborne team that waived their fees as this was a genuine conservation effort,” Seshabela said.

Father and daughter save Kormorant in freezing water

A father and daughter spent 20 minutes in the freezing water in the Hartbeespoort Dam on Thursday to free a distraught Kormorant that was entangled in illegal fishing nets.

Air operation to identify illegal woodcutting hotspots – nature conservation members attacked

Members of the department of nature conservation were attacked by illegal wood choppers in Broederstroom on Wednesday...

Bosbokke by Meerhofoewer deur honde verskeur

Drie Bosbokke is Maandagnag by die Meerhofoewer deur honde verskeur en doodgebyt.

“There’s a camera watching me… for all the world to see”

In a first ever, a Verreaux Eagle Owl, or commonly known as the giant eagle owl,...

Mass operation to curb illegal wood-chopping in Magaliesberg Biosphere

An estimated 50 tons of wood were confiscated and ten people arrested on Thursday during a mass operation to address the illegal wood-chopping in the Magaliesberg in Hartbeespoort.

Who are the vandals chopping down trees in Ifafi?

Residents and businesses were shocked on Thursday morning to discover that the lovely River bushwillow trees...
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