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An historical moment to protect the future: Klaserie Sands digs deep for rhino conservation

Last year, our team and our guests had the unique opportunity to take part in two dehorning operations alongside wildlife veterinarians, pilots and key members of the reserve’s conservation and management teams. The following is Elly's recount of the incredible, hands-on experience in which the team got up-close-and-personal with one of the Klaserie's most iconic and threatened animals.

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Everything you need to know about rhinos

As one of the famous 'Big Five', rhinos commonly feature on a safari goer's wish-list. However, these prehistoric giants are becoming harder and harder to find with each passing year. Having wandered the plains of Africa for millenia, rhinos are now experiencing a dramatic decline in numbers like never before. Here, guide Elly explains how to tell the difference between black and white rhinos, why they are so endangered and what you...

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5 examples of animals helping each other that you might not have heard of

For me, one of the most interesting things in nature is symbiosis - two separate organisms that have adapted to each other and are now benefiting each other. They're working together and this is known as mutualism, it's a win-win situation. The first example that comes to mind is often the oxpecker and the rhino, but have you heard about the warthog and the mongoose? Or perhaps the ant and the Acacia...

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Bird migration: Where do they go?

Birds have been making thousand-kilometre journeys for millenia but scientists are still puzzling over their unique ability to navigate the globe on a scale that is simply bewildering for such small creatures. Some species will even return to the exact same nest site year after year. Besides their propensity for annual travel, there is very little that makes a migratory species different to their stay-at-home counterparts, yet migration has clearly become a...

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Leopard on safari in South Africa
Focus on Wildlife: 7 wild facts you may not know about leopards!

The leopard is undoubtedly one of the world's most iconic big cats and commonly on the bucket lists of first-time and veteran safari-goers alike. I have a saying on safari - "A leopard chooses when it wants to be seen." In other words, they are the masters of disguise - if a leopard does not want to be spotted, it will make itself invisible! Because of their elusive and highly secretive nature,...

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