Wildlife and Local People

Wildlife and Local People

Wildlife and the local people are intricately connected. Conservation of wildlife and their habitat requires local communities’ commitment to safeguard all species and protect our natural resources. Local people play an essential role in conservation concerns as they have the right to make decisions about their resources. However, the ongoing challenge is … Read more

Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis)

It is a slender, black-and-white stork, boasting a distinct yellow, red, and black bill. When it files, its massive size stands out, and the dark bands at the core of its white wings are conspicuous. This bird is mostly resident but may move in certain parts of its range. Individuals or pairs … Read more

Southern Carmine Bee-eater (Merops nubicoides)

It is a large, slender, striking bee-eater, with carmine pink and teal blue plumage, black facial mask, black bill, and long-pointed tail. Large groups often aggregate in recently-burned bushes, catching flying insects. These birds are colonial breeders, burrowing holes into sandbanks. Their call is characterized by more rasping “trik-trik-tirk” notes than their … Read more

Rufous-naped Lark (Mirafra africana)

It is a large, brawny lark boasting a hefty bill, short crest, and a notable rufous wing panel conspicuous during flight. This bird is geographically-variable with pairs being resident in grassy savanna, woodland, open grasslands, and cultivated lands. These birds love to perch on branches, singing a series of sweet “treee-lee-treelooo” notes … Read more

Pin-tailed Whydah (Vidua macroura)

It is a small, highly sociable, docile that thrives in a wide range of open habitats, such as parks, gardens, and agricultural fields. The stunning adult male is conspicuous with its vivid reddish bill, and lengthy tail. Being a songbird, it produces various sounds, such as “chee-chee-chee,” “zhhweeet,” and “seeeooo” notes plus … Read more

St Lucia Wetland Park (now iSimangaliso Wetland Park)

St Lucia Wetland Park or now known as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, is a wonder and wildlife paradise. It is South Africa’s very first UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999 and the third largest protected area in the region. Located in KwaZulu Natal, the wetland park covers 328,000 hectares of stunning scenery … Read more