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October 29, 2019

Protea nitida

Protea nitida is the only protea to form large attractive trees with usable timber. It is an absolute treasure on Gondwana!! It is most commonly known also known as the waboom which is from the South African Dutch “wagenboom”. Literally translate means ‘wagon tree’. Colonists used this common name as they found the wood suitable for makin
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October 29, 2019

Macledium Relhanioides

Macledium Relhanioides is a spikey looking rounded shrub with toothed leaves that favours growing on small quartzitic patches in Gwarrieveld on the reserve. Gwarrieveld can loosely be defines as succulent karoo, in a variety of habitats ranging from flat, pan-like areas to very stony areas, but usually in well-drained soils.
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October 29, 2019

Holothrix burchelii

This is a delicate little Orchid seen flowering all on its own at the top of a very steep incline on the reserve also known by its common name as Jakkalstert. The most fascinating thing about this little orchid is the fact that the flowers are dimorphic or different. The upper flowers have greatly elongated petals and lip lobes and are smaller th
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October 23, 2019

PSIRA dog handler course

The Gondwana Conservation Foundation (GCF) sponsored PSIRA (Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority) dog handler course on Gondwana Game Reserve. The workshop was held at the Gondwana APU base, Camp Charleston, and was attended by Gondwana Field Rangers as well as handlers from the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga. It consisted of 7 days of int
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October 23, 2019

GCF Conservation Kids’ Program 2019

This year the Gondwana Conservation Foundation (GCF) hosted 218 children and 12 teachers from local community schools over 3? day courses. The Kids Conservation Program’s focus is to expose the learners to conservation principles and future work opportunities in conservation. The whole program was conducted in English as well as in the home lan
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October 14, 2019
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World Rhino Day 2019 Celebration

On Thursday, 29 September the Gondwana Conservation Foundation (GCF) celebrated World Rhino Day on Gondwana Game Reserve as part of its Conservation Kids Program.  At Gondwana we believe that involving our neighboring community is key to successful conservation.  Through the Conservation Kids Program we expose local children, in various events throughout the year, to their […]

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August 30, 2019
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Mamma Sunbirds Wear Camo

Sunbirds: Birds have various family structures including single parenting, monogamous families and polygamy (many females) and polyandry (many males) families. Most bird species are monogamous where the male and female share nesting and parenting responsibilities relatively equally. Usually, these bird couples look pretty much the same, since they need to spend less time and energy attracting […]

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August 23, 2019
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Meet Gondwana’s Fierce Female Field Guides!

We are very privileged to have several female field guides on our Gondwana guiding team. To celebrate Women’s month we wanted to shine the spotlight on these fabulous females and asked them why they studied to be a field guide. Natasha Smuts  Hello, I’m Natasha, a field guide at Gondwana game Reserve. I’ve been working […]

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August 20, 2019
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The Queen Bee

Bee in Fynbos

Extraordinary Queen Bee Each bee colony consists of one queen bee that rules over her female workers and drones/honey bees (male bees).  The queen bee has a very important role to play. She needs to ensure that her colony builds a hive that is strong and well ventilated. The colony also needs to forage for food, take care of the […]

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