Animals and plants
Scientists have shipped out to research and collect data on humpback whales off the west coast of South Africa. Research will include sampling the environment and tagging whales to better understand their behaviour. Small cameras will also be attached to some whales.
Nearly three dozen lions from circuses in Peru and Colombia have been rescued by the Animal Defenders International organisation and will find a safe new home at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Limpopo province, in South Africa – "where they belong", according to the rescue group.
South Africa's Kruger National Park gave a news team insight into its work to prevent rhino
poaching. In this behind-the-scenes exclusive, the rangers also show new methods they use to
save these endangered species, including helicopter tracking and dog units.
A British conservation group has run tests on several South African rhinos to implement a new
way of stopping poaching. We Are Protect makes use of high-tech devices such as spy cameras
to monitor each rhino.
September 22 2015 is World Rhino Day, a day of celebration of one of the world's most intriguing
animals, but also one of the most endangered creatures walking the earth.
South Africans are encouraged to take part in National Parks Week – running from 14 to 20
September – when they have free access to activities such as abseiling. They are also given an
opportunity to learn more about the country's wild animals and natural heritage.
Sibella, the first cheetah to be reintroduced into the Great Karoo in 125 years, died at the
mature age of 14 following an injury suffered while hunting a duiker buck. Sibella was
responsible for a significant jump in the local cheetah population, birthing an astonishing 20 cubs.