An elusive skolly

Infrequently observed at Verloren Valei, the Basuto Skolly or Basuto magpie has a somewhat disreputable reputation, as its name implies. By Justin Bode Thestor basutus, Basuto Skolly or Basoetoe Skollie, is the most widely distributed species in its genus. While … Read More

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Orchid field trip with Doug McMurtry

The renowned orchid expert shared his knowledge with a mostly young group. Doug McMurtry, one of South Africa’s leading orchid experts, kindly agreed to lead a field trip to Verloren Valei on 26 February 2022. Accompanied by fellow expert, Shane … Read More

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Three new interns for Verloren Valei

They will gain valuable experience and bolster the resources reserve management can call on. Sbongile Moyana obtained an Advanced Diploma in Nature Conservation 2019 at the University of Mpumalanga. She grew up in Kwamhanga, Mpumalange. Although she didn’t know much … Read More

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Getting to grips with wetlands

Hannes Marais, Wetland Scientist, MTPA, shared some of his knowledge on a recent field trip. By James van den Heever One of the most important reasons for conserving Verloren Valei is the significant contribution it makes to securing South Africa’s … Read More

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