birds of eden Blog

Help Us Grow Our Forests!

Visit any one of the three Saasa.org.za – Monkeyland and Birds of Eden and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary – during Arbor Week, 1 – 7 September 2017 and get free entry into the sanctuary in exchange for an indigenous tree.

Endemic Birding

When one refers to the term an endemic species, it means a species that is restricted to a certain region and that can be found nowhere else in the world. Southern Africa is fortunate to have a high level of endemism in all forms of life and in fact South Africa, as a country, is considered by some to be the third most biologically diverse country in the world.

Say No To Wildlife Petting

South Africa is becoming more and more popular as a tourist destination and one of the most popular reasons for visiting is the spectacular wildlife. Along with the ‘Big Five’, South Africa is also home to an abundance of mammals, spectacular birdlife and our coasts are visited by dolphins, seals and migrating whales. However, despite all this wildlife living free in our forests, plains, mountains and coasts there is a disturbing number of facilities offering tourists the oppo...

Seeing ‘red’ – The Often Hidden Colour Of Wildlife Contraband

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The escalating international criminal trade in ivory and rhino horn is well documented and, unfortunately, has seldom been out of the headlines in recent years. Significantly less well known is the exploitation and trafficking of another product derived from a critically endangered species, often commanding black market prices up to five times higher than ivory – the carved beaks of helmeted hornbills. EIA has been monitoring trade in ivory and rhino horn for the past two decade...

To Swerve Or Not To Swerve?

Every year, thousands of animals, including birds and reptiles are killed on South Africa's notoriously dangerous roads due to vehicle collision with animals. Colliding with wildlife is likely to cause significant harm to the driver, passengers, animals and the vehicle,yet evidence from a recent Endangered Wildlife Trust(EWT)study reveals that some drivers may in fact deliberately swerve to hit the animals.    Roadkill research undertaken by the EWT in the Greater Mapung...

All Dinosaurs May Have Had Feathers

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Newly Discovered Fossils Hint That All Dinosaurs May Have Had Feathers! Over 30 species of non-avian dinosaurs have been confirmed to have feathers, either from direct fossilized evidence of feathers, or other indicators, such as quill knobs. Up until now, all of those dinosaurs were confirmed to be carnivorous theropods, like Velociraptor and the ancestors of birds. However, fossilized remains of a new type of herbivorous dinosaur indicate that all dinosaurs may have had feathe...

Dylan Winter And The Starling Murmurations

At dusk on a winter evening in southern England a flock of 200,000 European starlings congregate to soar in breathtaking formations before roosting for the night. These incredible displays of aerial precision and biological engineering are captured in this memorable sequence from FLIGHT: THE GENIUS OF BIRDS. The DVD & Blu-ray are available for purchase now - visit www.illustramedia.com for more information. Use Coupon Code YTIM15 to save 15%!

The Golden-handed Tamarins At Birds Of Eden

A short documentary about the Golden Handed Tamarin of Birds of Eden in South Africa. Location: Birds of Eden - Plettenberg Bay - South Africa Wildlife film course at Beyond Borders Film School 25th January 2014 - 24th February 2014

Birds-of-paradise Project

This year (2014), the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Geographic are bringing the Birds-of-Paradise Project to the public. Get an advance look now...and witness diverse strategies of evolution at work and experience one of nature's extraordinary wonders - up close.

Bird Arrested On Suspicion Of Spying

You may have heard of carrier pigeons being used to transport secret, official messages. Well how about a swan being used as a French spy? In 2013, a story broke out about a swan that was detained, behind bars, in an Egyptian jail in Qena, after it was spotted with an electronic device attached to it. A local spotted the bird, captured it and handed it over to authorities because the device was thought to be some type of spying equipment.

Interesting Facts About Birds

The chicken is the closest living relative to the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Many birds kept as pets, including doves, parakeets, and lovebirds, enjoy living in pairs for companionship. The smallest bird egg belongs to the hummingbird and is the size of a pea.  The largest bird egg, from which the ostrich hatches, is the size of a cantaloupe. A bird’s eye takes up about 50 percent of its head; our eyes take up about 5 percent of our head. To be comparable to a bird’s eyes,...

Manager, Facilities And Asset Operations

Manager, Facilities and Asset Operations required at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo Applications close: Monday, June 10, 2013 An exciting opportunity exists at Taronga Western Plains Zoo for a suitably qualified and experienced individual to fill the position of Manager, Facilities and Asset Operations. Do you have demonstrated experience managing a trade related team? Proven experience in the coordination and management of maintenance and construction activities across multiple t...

Head Keeper Vacancy At Flamingo Land Zoo

Closing date: 10th June 2013 Flamingo Land zoological department is looking for a dynamic and knowledgeable Head Keeper to join our team.  Flamingo Land is one of the leading tourist attractions in the UK, attracting more than 1.4 million visitors each year.  The zoo is in an exciting phase of development that has recently seen the creation of a number of themed zoogeographic areas and the development of the education, conservation and research departments.  The position...

All About Vultures

Vultures are large, scavenging Birdsof prey having bald heads and weak claws which feed chiefly on carrion (the carcasses of dead animals). The condor, king vulture, turkey buzzard, and black vulture are well known American species of vultures. There are 20 species of vulture. Vultures can eat meat which is in any stage of decay.

All About The Ostrich

The ostrich (Struthio camelus) has long and very strong legs, adapted for rapid running; only two toes with a long neck, nearly bare of feathers; and short wings incapable of flight. The adult male grows to about about eight feet high. The body of the male is covered with elegant black plumose feathers, while the wings and tail furnish the most valuable white plumes.

All About Eagles

The eagle is a large keen-sighted diurnal bird of prey noted for its broad wings and strong soaring flight. A member of the bird family Accipitridae (falcon). The eagle is remarkable for strength, size, graceful figure, keenness of vision, and extraordinary flight. The most noted eagles are the golden eagle (Aquila chrysa), the imperial eagle of Europe (A. mogilnik or imperialis), the American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), the European sea eagle (H. albicilla) and the great harpy ea...

All About Cranes

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The Crane is a large long-necked, straight billed wading bird of marshes and plains in many parts ofthe world. Cranes mate for life. There are15 species of cranes. Cranes are often confused with storks and Herons.

All About Swans

Swans are stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird belonging to Cygnus, with very long neck and usually white plumage. The swan has a large and strong beak, a long neck, and are noted fortheir graceful movements when swimming. The European white, or mute, swan (Cygnus gibbus), bends its neck in an S-shaped curve.