Wake-up calls

We shouldn’t assume everybody knows what “biodiversity” and “wetlands” actually are, writes Glen Ramke, Endangered Wildlife Trust–Africa Crane Conservation Programme. Recently two minor surprises which were wake-up calls. Both comments came from people I had expected to know these things. … Read More

Biodiversity catastrophe

A recent survey by DARDLEA shows that there is plenty to worry about when it comes to preserving Mpumalanga’s biodiversity. The Awareness Office, Environmental Services of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs (DARDLEA) recently published Species … Read More

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

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