50|50 Episode 26 – 10 Dec 2012


Of the few species of primate in South Africa, samango monkeys are the least known. This is because samangos are limited to the canopies of mist-belt forests and these are threatened and more and more fragmented. Two researchers have recently joined forces to have a look at samangos – one from the Soutpansberg population, the other from the Hogsback population. Their study will reveal information about the behaviour, ecology and conservation of the monkeys and may help to reveal differences between the Soutpansberg and Hogsback individuals. We speak to them about issues of genetic flow and the resultant separation of a species into subspecies. These monkeys could be more threatened than we realised.


South Pole Adventure

A familiar face on 50|50, Braam Malherbe has completed another extreme adventure. This time he raced 768km to one of the coldest parts of the planet… the South Pole. Together with teammate Peter van Kets, he treks with several other country’s teams but its really more a race against time than one another. The frozen parts of the planet are melting. Braam and co. endure snow bridges, katabatic winds of up to 100mph, temperatures as low as -50C and the threat of blinding snowstorms all in the name of raising awareness of climate change. A final act of striking a climate change coin at the South Pole is the cherry on the top. At the end of last season, we saw Braam off, now with the story hitting television and the movies, we check in with Braam to hear about his adventure.



This week we again take a look at the lives of reptiles and also discover new things about the pecking order in the bush. Hungry crocodiles will eat anything close by… and the jackals have to step aside to let a hyena have its share.



The Eko-Ondersoek team is out and about again… this time, checking in with a disgruntled neighbour of a bone-meal factory. The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve is allegedly being polluted with bloody water and other bits and pieces from the factory. There seems to be a case of a missing Environmental Management Plan and now nearby residents want answers about why their neighbourhood stinks.





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