Conservation

While there is a lot of publicity in the press, other media and public or private communications about the plight of a certain few animals, very little is ever mentioned about Lycaon pictus or the African Wild Dog.

Wildlife Ranching in South Africa the Facts and Figures: Eye-Opening statistics relevant to The Waterberg.

The Department of Environmental Affairs has set to zero all hunting permits for leopards in South Africa – which is, effectively, a total ban on hunting the cats. This follows an alert by its Scientific Authority that the number of leopards in the country was unknown, and that trophy hunting posed a high risk to the survival of the species. The DEA ban, sent to all provincial authorities, cancels all leopard export permits for 2016.

Rhino poaching reveals sad tale of collapse in Limpopo parks agency

Last week the country was shocked by fresh news of a further 18 rhinos killed by poachers in Letaba Ranch. Letaba is one of the parks managed by the Limpopo province. The 18 rhinos come on top of a total of 261 rhinos poached to date this year, a dramatic increase on the total of 122 killed last year, and 83 the year before. Poaching appears to be escalating out of control, driven by criminal syndicates in SA and the far east. But the story has another side to it.

I wrote about the last season's veld fires to my friend Jim Christian in the US. I thought his reply about grass and fire in Texas was quite interesting and I asked Andrew Parker for some perspective on grass and fire ecology and history in the Waterberg. Jim then responded to Andrew's note. I got yet more input to the discussion from Richard Wadley. I think you'll appreciate and enjoy the e-mail conversation thus far. If any readers have more to say, we can carry on.  John Miller.

LEAF is a relatively new organisation aiming "to provide an alternative perspective to developers entering the area.

When you keep on blowing up a balloon it will eventually burst. Throughout history there have been investment opportunities that have caught the imagination of the public and which, through greed and ingenuity, have caused prices to rise way beyond where they should be. It is usually the people who get drawn into the situation long after it has started that are left holding the balloon when it bursts. It is the insiders that get in early in the cycle who usually make the profits "¦unless they, too, get carried away and greed takes over.

Pompom weed (Campuloclinium macrocephalum) is an ornamental South American herb belonging to the daisy family, Asteraceae. It is rapidly becoming the most serious threat to the conservation of grasslands in South Africa. Pompom is alive and thriving in the Waterberg.

If anybody wished you"Happy Pangolin Day" on 18 February 2012, your initial reaction would most probably have been,"What on earth is a pangolin?".  Or perhaps not"