Small but striking

While being one of the smaller species of butterfly found at Verloren Valei, Tite’s Copper is certainly one of the most striking. Tites’s Copper is another of South Africa’s high-altitude specialist butterflies that calls Verloren Valei home. The species has … Read More

The Crane conundrum

Some headway has been made in protecting the three species of cranes present in the area, but the battle is far from won. Cranes are not ordinary birds. Around the world, their spectacular mating dances have made them important symbols: … Read More

New light on the Cisticola

A recent paper suggests that the Pale-Crowned Cisticola is not quite as rare as previously supposed. The Pale-Crowned Cisticola is part of a large group of small brown birds that inhabit grasslands in both the high- and lowvelds—the classic LBJ … Read More

Orchid optimists

Several species of orchids found at Verloren Valei flower before the summer rains fall, thus acting as true harbingers of spring—effectively risking the “capital” they built up during the previous season on the expectation that the rains will come. Most … Read More

Warren’s Blue’s last stand

Over 90 species of butterflies have been recorded at Verloren Valei—and it is the only place the rare Warren’s Blue occurs. More proof, if any were needed, of the pivotal role this small reserve plays in preserving South Africa’s biodiversity. … Read More