Tag Archives: Wildlife

Big cats cause an uproar

Populations of lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, jaguars, and other top felines are declining at an alarming rate. They are victims of habitat loss and degradation as well as conflicts with humans. In response, National Geographic, with filmmakers, conservationists, and Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert, launched the Big Cats Initiative, a comprehensive … Continue Reading ››

It’s been a three dog night

The term 'three dog night' (attributed to Australian Aborigines) came about because on especially cold nights these nomadic people needed three dogs (dingoes, actually) to keep from freezing. Australian dingo Dingoes have features that resemble both dogs and wolves, although dingoes have a longer muzzle, longer canine … Continue Reading ››

Gemsbok (free wallpaper)

Gemsbok (Oryx) During the afternoon it was so hot at the bottom of the dune that the oryx (gemsbok) ran to the top of the dune to cool down. When it got to the top, the oryx stopped and posed long enough for me to … Continue Reading ››

Party animals

The morning after the night before... Watch what happens when African animals get a bit drunk on ripe marula fruit - and the effects of the subsequent hangover. Clip from Jamie Uys' movie "Beautiful People (1974)"

Fennec Fox (free wallpaper)

Photograph by Francisco Mingorance The fennec, or desert fox, is a canine mammal species of the genus Vulpes, which inhabits the Sahara Desert and Arabia. This is the smallest species of the family Canidae. Photograph by Francisco Mingorance
The fennec, or desert fox, is a … Continue Reading ››

Morning light (free wallpaper)

Morning light
This magnificent male leopard was bathed in the hues of the South African sunrise. To say our morning game drive was a success would be a big understatement. (Photo and caption by Douglas Croft)
Courtesy of National Geographic, this magnificent photo by … Continue Reading ››

South Africa’s National Symbols

South Africa's flagNo self-respecting South African trivia website would be complete without a look at some of our national symbols. Here then are South Africa's national animal, fish, tree, flower and bird.

National Animal - The Springbuck

The springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) is a medium-sized brown and white antelope-gazelle of southwestern … Continue Reading ››