Introduction “I have no doubt that the fundamental source of all of our problems, particularly our environmental problems, is population growth” (David Attenborough, 2012). Population growth is considered a major global issue, emphasising the correlation between population, food and water supply and environmental sustainability. We will examine the current famine in South Sudan and the … Continue reading Essay: Population Growth and Environmental Factors – A South Sudanese Example
We all love animals and travel - why else are you visiting The Travelling Cheetah? 😉 It's a tough issue to deal with on a daily basis from the comfort of our own homes and routines, but how can we continue to make a positive difference on the road? IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING … Continue reading Animal Welfare on the Road
Early Saturday morning I was scrolling through South African newspapers keeping up to date with the news of a country I adore so much, when I stumbled upon a piece that caught me sobbing uncontrollably. The SAPeople article titled Stoop: Should Rhino Horn have been Auctioned in Australia? begs the question whether a controversial commodity … Continue reading Should Rhino Horn be auctioned in Australia?
The sun was low in the sky, the heat of the day ever-present. I was making my way from the bar on the Zambezi River, back to my tent after quenching my thirst, when I spotted a male Vervet Monkey with his tongue out, catching the drops of water that escaped from a leaky tap. … Continue reading Falling in love with a Vervet Monkey
The cheetah's distinguishing feature, the tear marks running from the corner of the eye to the mouth, is to reduce the glare from the harsh sun. But according to a traditional Zulu tale, long ago, a lazy, wicked hunter sat by a tree watching lazily the herd of springbok in front of him, but he … Continue reading Why do cheetahs have tear stains?
Cecil the Lion – you’ve surely heard his name and ill-timed fate by now. Cecil, the centre of an Oxford University study and Zimbabwe’s most famous Lion was shot with a bow and arrow by a dentist from the USA. The arrow did not kill the injured lion and for 40 excruciating hours he was … Continue reading Does Cecil’s life matter more?
In 2015 Atlantic Point Backpackers in Cape Town, South Africa was named the best hostel on the African Continent by Hostelworld, and granted the 'best atmosphere award' by Hostelbookers. The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa graded Atlantic Point as a four-star facility. And for very good reason. Just months before, for one short week … Continue reading REVIEW: Atlantic Point Backpackers – the best hostel on the African continent
Rhinoceros are a group of extant species of herbivorous, odd-toed ungulates. The Rhinoceros are one of the last remaining of the Earth's megafauna. The word Rhinoceros originates from Greek, Rhino meaning nose and Ceros meaning horn, thus nosehorn, thus are the Planet's real-life unicorns! Regrettably however, all five species of Rhinoceros are in danger of extinction within the … Continue reading Rhinoceros – The Real Life Unicorn
I had thought about it for months and in my thinking about it, decided that the pinnacle of my trip was to achieve this one task – it would be proof to myself that I was there, that I can do anything. Fast forward a few months, and I am standing in the one place … Continue reading On Top of the World – Abseiling Table Mountain
The sun was slowly rising over Victoria Falls, as we drove across a bridge above the Zambezi River from Zambia to Zimbabwe, a country that had always intrigued me. And from my vantage point in Zambia, I had been eyeing up Zimbabwe for days, just amping to get across. Mosi-Oa-Tunya Victoria Falls National Park From … Continue reading Two National Parks & Two Armed Men in Camouflage