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Big Cats in the City: Laurel Seriey Discusses the Urban Caracal Project (Podcast)

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Nature lovers confined to the city will be interested in the Urban Caracal Project, an investigation into the effect of urbanisation on these important predators.

Laurel Seriey, founder and coordinator of the project, recently spoke to Mike Wills on CapeTalk about her work. She revealed more about the aims of her research, and how ordinary people can help.

Caracals, Seriey says, are solitary animals and play a “key role in the health of the ecosystem of the Cape Peninsula”. But they are under threat because of human activities.

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“It’s a Desert, But It Doesn’t Look Like it” – Annelise le Roux Talks about the Namaqualand Flowers (Podcast)

Wild Flowers of NamaqualandAnnelise le Roux was recently interviewed by Tamara LePine-Williams on Classic FM about her book Wild Flowers of Namaqualand.

In the podcast Le Roux says “according to all world definitions” Namaqualand is a desert, “but it doesn’t look like it”. It is a winter rainfall region, which means that for three months of the year, an incredibly diverse array of flowers bloom in the area.

Le Roux shares some tips about when to visit Namaqualand and how to ensure you find magnificent spots for flowers when you do.

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Get Involved with Clean C’s Coastal Clean Ups in Cape Town (Podcast)

South African CoastsPippa Hudson recently interviewed Greg Player of Clean C about a beach clean up day at Strandfontein and Sunrise Circle on her CapeTalk radio show.

Player says that the volunteers on the two beaches picked up about 1,2 tonnes of litter. While some of this litter is left by lazy picnickers, Player explains that a large amount is deposited on the coast by rivers. He estimates that about 80 percent of the rubbish found on beaches is from up country, because litter gets significantly worse when it rains.

Clean C runs beach clean ups on the first Saturday of every month in Cape Town and surrounding areas, and they also facilitate corporate clean up events. Player invites everyone to get involved.

To find out more about our beautiful beaches, check out South African Coasts: A Celebration of Our Seas and Shores by Sylvia Earle.

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Find Out More About Box of Rocks by Nick Norman – “An Invitation to Start a Hobby” (Podcast)

Box of RocksWhat makes Box of Rocks by Nick Norman so special, and who was it written for? The author recently chatted to Classic FM’s Lifestyle presenter Tamara LePine-Williams to answer these two questions and share more about his latest book.

Norman explains that he was invited to attend a Geography teachers’ conference last year where one of the teachers had a box of rocks they had collected. “It was, indeed, a box of rocks, and it had a nice map folded up inside it, and brief descriptions of what the rocks were – they were actual, real, live rocks. I took it to Struik [Penguin Random House], my publishers, to Pippa Parker, and she said, ‘We could do a book on this!’,” Norman told the listeners. He goes on to explain that the book was written with eight to twelve year olds in mind, but has managed to capture the imaginations of people of all ages.

Box of Rocks is packed with fascinating information on all kinds of rocks and where they can be found in southern Africa, and serves as an indispensable guide for collectors, young and old. LePine-Williams stresses that it is “an invitation to start a hobby” and expresses her sincere excitement with the publication of this book.

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How to Make 3D Scans of Live Dragonflies and Damselflies: An Interview with Warwick Tarboton (Podcast)

A Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of South AfricaWarwick Tarboton, co-author of A Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of South Africa, was recently interviewed on Classic FM about his new book.

In the interview, Tarboton speaks about how the idea for the book came about, and the research he and his co-author did for it,

Tarboton describes how he and Michèle Tarboton took the pictures of the insects. He says a 3D scanner allowed them to get high quality pictures of the dragonflies and damselflies. They did this without killing them, they only had to apply coolant to stop the insects wriggling around during scanning.

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Podcast: Johan Marais Explains the Nepalese DNA Swab Test that Identifies the Snake that Bit You

Snakes and Snakebite in Southern AfricaSlange and Slangbyt in Suider-AfrikaJohan Marais recently spoke to Xolani Gwala on Talk Radio 702 about a DNA swab test that is being developed in Nepal to help snake bite victims identify the type of snake that bit them.

Marais says this diagnostic dipstick for snake bite victims has also been done in Papua New Guinea and is highly effective, but also “extremely expensive”.

The author of Snakes and Snakebite in Southern Africa and CEO of the African Snakebite Institute speaks about the useful properties of anti-venom and shares his advice on what to do when you’ve been bitten by a snake (and you don’t have a swab test lying around).

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Richard Peirce on Rhino Poaching: If There’s Demand There Will Always Be Supply (Podcast)

The Poacher's MoonRichard Peirce, author of The Poacher’s Moon, speaks to Tamara LePine-Williams on Classic FM about the poaching crisis in South Africa, along with Killing for Profit author Julian Rademeyer.

“Rhino poaching for a long time has been described as a priority crime but whether it really is a priority crime is a question,” Rademeyer says.

Peirce speaks about supply and demand and how decreasing demand can curb poaching. “Coming from a shark background I’m delighted to say that we’ve started to see some progress, and we’ve started to see some progress because of reduction in demand. I think the laws of trade mean that if there’s a demand there will always be a supply, whether illegal or legal, and simply making something illegal is not the answer.”

Peirce refers to the tonnes of rhino horns in government storage as an opportunity to launch a global PR campaign to raise awareness.

“Rhino horn as a substance in terms of doing anything good for humans is worthless, so why not make a big play of giving this worthless substance for no money because it’s worthless to the Vietnamese government and say the condition is we’ll give you all this complete rubbish because it’s useless, it’s just protein, you must give it free at the point of supply with a public warning that says, By all means eat this but it’s the same as your fingernails,” Peirce says.

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Podcast: John Webb Chats About the New Species of Fynbos Discovered Near Plettenberg Bay

Restios of the FynbosExploring FynbosA new species of Fynbos has been discovered near Plettenberg Bay.

In the podcast below, John Webb from Cape Talk speaks to Chris von Christierson, the chairman of the Robberg Coastal Corridor Landowners’ Association and the owner of the land on which the new species was discovered. Von Christierson talks about the discovery and plans to protect the rare fynbos in the area.

The new species was named Psoralea vanberkela after the person who discovered it, Nicky van Berkel. The plant has unique purple and white flowers.

Fynbos enthusiasts can find out more about this unique class of plants in Restios of the Fynbos by Els Dorrat-Haaksma and Peter Linder and Exploring Fynbos: Plants, Animals, Interactions by Margo Branch.

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Podcast: Tweets of the Day (Literally) and More About Bird Calls in Southern Africa

Primedia Broadcasting has shared a series of bird call podcasts on Soundcloud. These birds are all found in Southern Africa.

500 Common Bird Calls in Southern AfricaBird Calls for BeginnersMore Bird Calls for Beginners

To try your hand with more bird calls, look at 500 Common Bird Calls in Southern Africa, Bird Calls for Beginners and More Bird Calls for Beginners by Doug Newman. There is also a Newman’s Bird App, which is based on Newman’s Birds, one of the most popular birding guides in South Africa, to identify even more bird calls.

The soundclips below include the calls of Yellow-billed Kites, African Paradise-flycatchers, Woodland Kingfishers and Red-chested Cuckoos.

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