As many of you may know, there is a story in my past that has shaped me so significantly - it has lead me on this path of conservation and activism. But you may also know I have a very hard time talking about it, however I have finally managed to jot down in words … Continue reading The two that started it all
Oceans are the lifeblood of the earth and of humankind. The marine environments have historically been a source of awe, food, transport and recreation for humankind. However through our fishing efficiency, our blasé attitudes regarding the ocean as our dumping grounds, and humankind’s unfortunate ideology that the environment was created for our use and disposal, … Continue reading Plastic Pollution of our Oceans
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?
“Take the shark before it takes the human being.” This is the mentality of Australian Governments. Some polls suggest up to 80% of the Australian public disagrees with this policy, yet shark culling is still occurring and in astonishing numbers. Mass hysteria resonates throughout the country when yet another human is attacked by a shark. … Continue reading Great Whites Have Rights
I had been hit by a car and now I was cowering beneath a mentally ill man welding a stick of bamboo. He hit me once and the pain shot through my leg, just as the second blow rained down on me. The skin on my leg was whipped open and my bones dislocated, leaving … Continue reading With a little HOPE and determination
What was supposed to be a routine final sunset in Myanmar turned into a desperate mission to save a life. U Bein bridge near Mandalay, Myanmar is a romantic, photogenic and very crowded wooden bridge 1.2km long, stretching over the Taungthaman Lake. That was the spot I was planning to enjoy sunset. That was also the … Continue reading “It’s too hard” is never an excuse when an animal’s life is at stake
Imagine you are sitting down to a nice cup of hot, dark coffee. The steam is filling your nose with bittersweet aromas – your mouth is watering, you cannot wait to taste it. What if I told you that coffee passed through the digestive system of an animal, the excretion removed, the beans roasted and … Continue reading The World’s most luxurious coffee is a load of crap (literally)
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?
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