How many of us have been driving the highways and byways of South Africa after dark and have suddenly had to brake or swerve to avoid a collision with an animal crossing the road? How many of us driving in the daylight have passed the carcasses of mammals, birds and reptiles that have been killed by other passing motor vehicles? Over a 120 day period in the in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area, there were 1 121 fatalities of 162 different species. This is one section of road in one small geographic region of South Africa. There are 754 600 km of roads in South Africa. These roads bisect habitats, territories and home ranges of animals and separate feeding areas from den sites. Wendy Collinson of the EWT has been conducting the very first comprehensive roadkill survey in South Africa over the last 2 years.
Over the past few years, 50|50 has received several complaints about the conditions at Bloemfontein Zoo. People were concerned for the animals’ health and well-being. The NSPCA went to investigate and found that things were not as they should be. The run down zoo was on its last legs. The NSPCA intervened threatening shutdown if changes were not made quickly. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of those committed to the zoo, it was saved. New cages, more workers and better care for the animals…help came from an unexpected source.
In 2010, a small 25-hectare island in the Seychelles became the world’s first carbon neutral nature reserve. The Cousin Island Special Reserve was listed as carbon neutral after several innovative carbon-offsets were put in place as Bonne uncovers. The island has removed the coconut trees and is replanting indigenous ones. The Cousin Island Special Reserve hosts thousands of tourists and still remains carbon neutral. We have a look into carbon credits and the merits of being carbon neutral in our fossil fuel burning society. Small changes in 3rd world parts of the globe can offset large carbon costs elsewhere.
Maurice and Villiers look into the art of taking landscape photographs. What are the key elements of composition that you need to take a great photograph? As usual they have some great hints and tips.
This week the animals on VeldFokus are literally in the poop!