Two 18-month-old Southern ground hornbills were released into the wild at Mabula Game Reserve in Limpopo as part of a collaborative effort by the zoo on behalf of the African Association of Zoos and Aquaria. These birds currently face a high risk of extinction in the wild. »More
The International Year of the Rhino has been welcomed in South Africa, where poaching continues unabated. The rhino poaching crisis has demonstrated that there is no single solution to addressing the illegal wildlife trade, which is an increasing global phenomenon. »More
Learners are invited to submit abstracts for the symposium. The best abstracts will be selected for oral presentations. There are exciting prizes up for grabs, for learners as well as for their schools.
For centuries, owls have been regarded as omens of bad luck, ill health, or death. Even their physical appearance can be frightening to the uninformed. The National Zoo's Owl Week aims to set the facts straight. »More
The endemic Black wildebeest survived near extinction in the late 1800s and 1930s. Initiatives by private farmers and conservation authorities have led to a dramatic recovery in numbers of this species. Now these very same advances are threatening the species. »More
In an interactive programme, Zookies learnt new skills such as reading X-rays and drawing blood from an animal. This was followed by a tour of the NZG's veterinary unit where they watched a bird being treated.
In preparation for the Science Expo which will be held at the NZG in July, Zookies spent a morning working on science projects to hone their data capturing, analytical and presentation skills.
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DIY: Build a bat box
As we say goodbye to The Year of the Bat, here's a nifty bat box to build to keep those pesky mozzies at bay. »
NZG display draws crowds at popular festival
The NZG stand at the annual Windpomp Fees attracted some 16 000 visitors. Animals on display included a Bush pig, Verreaux's eagle owl, African rock python, Brown house snake, Rinkhals and Snouted cobra. »
Science going places
The NZG has already participated in five key science festivals this year, as far afield as Grahamstown and Kuruman. There are three more in the pipeline - in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the Free State. »
Animal of the Month: Talkin' about takins
What do you call an animal that has horns like a wildebeest, a nose like a moose, a tail like a bear and a body like a bison? A takin of course ... a "goat with attitude". »