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Pearl spotted Owlet?

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Snakes...? Specifically pit-vipers (don't occur in Africa) and the Boidae (pythons and the like)


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Not a snake - a very South African predator.
Being a fussy eater can make survival tough.

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Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:22 pm 
Hmmm :hmz: a shark perhaps? But they are not especially South African, or especially fussy...

I think I might have it; is it an African Striped Weasel?

To quote from an interview with Dr David Rowe-Rowe on 50/50 It is a specialist feeder. Weasels live only on warm-blooded vertebrates. They live almost entirely on small mammals, field mice and shrews.


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TaraLB,

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Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:42 pm 
:D Google is great!

Ok my question: I am endemic to South Africa. I am related to seahorses. I am only known to breed in a few estuaries in the Eastern Cape. What am I?

Common name's fine, but there'll be bonus points for the scientific...


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Leafy and Weedy Sea Dragon?

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Nope, sorry. Related to seahorses, but not too closely


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Pipefish?

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Go on, go for the bonus point! :clap:


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Syngnathus watermeyeri.

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:clap: Yup! Well done!
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One of South Africa's breeding migrants is currently being threatened by the 2010 World cup bid.

What is it's name?

Discuss the influence of the 2010 bid?

Why is it so critical?

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16th November 2006: ‘World Cup 2010’ development threatens millions of roosting Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica.

A proposed airport development in South Africa is threatening the winter roosting sites of three million Barn Swallows that journey there after spending breeding months in countries across Europe and other parts of the world.

The development is being proposed by the South African government, apparently to meet the demands of hosting World Cup 2010. BirdLife International objects to the plans on the basis of the site’s global importance for Barn Swallow. The site is to be designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA) based on the fact that numbers represent more than 1% of the global population of Barn Swallows. This equates to more than 8% of the European breeding population.

The roost-site of the Barn Swallows, the Mount Moreland Reedbed, sits on what would be the flight-path for aircraft landing and taking off at the proposed airport extension. Conservationists from BirdLife South Africa are concerned that safety concerns for visiting aircraft will lead to the clearance of the reedbed, removing the roosting site for the swallows.

“The swallows roost here in such numbers because of the lack of other suitable roosting areas around KwaZulu-Natal. The site is an island in a surrounding sea of sugar cane plantations. It’s vital. If the reedbeds are cleared, it’s unlikely that these Barn Swallows will find suitable roosting places elsewhere” – Neil Smith, Conservation Division, BirdLife South Africa.

PS I did not write this, took it straight from the net sorry it is so long but thought everybody NEEDS to read this one.

YAY JenB for looking out for the little guys! :clap: :clap: :clap:

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