I felt a prick. I thought it was probably just a mosquito or an ant. I heard a whirring noise in the distance. It was a familiar sound; I had heard it so very often in the hours I was out and about. As it got louder, I noticed something big zooming in, approaching from […]Read More Two years old.
When you hear the word ‘drone’, your mind will most likely conjure up images of either small consumer-grade drones used by your videographer neighbour or autonomous military-grade drones deployed for surveillance and offensive purposes in conflict zones. However, what is not as commonly known is the use of drones by game reserves in South Africa. […]Read More Drone Wars: Game Reserves v. Poachers
Perched on a tree stump in the pond, a magnificent red bird cleans itself with its long curved beak. There was something just so captivating about its head that drew my eyes to it. I whipped out my camera immediately, looking through my viewfinder for a good shot. In that moment, this red bird spread […]Read More The Ibis’ Symbolism in Ancient Egypt
Water shot up from the ocean in the horizon. It was the moment we were waiting for. “Hold onto the bars. We’re going fast. We’ve got to catch it,” our skipper Stephen shouted from the back of the Ocean Odyssey motorboat. I braced myself, one hand gripping the bar tightly, and the other hand protecting […]Read More Biomimicry of Humpback Whales
I had an enlightening experience at the Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness and Rehabilitation Centre located outside Plettenberg Bay, where we witnessed various indigenous wild cats of South Africa in close proximity. Tenikwa aims to educate its visitors on the challenges and threats faced by the indigenous wild cats of South Africa, and to rehabilitate rescued animals […]Read More Culling caracals does not help farmers.
Native to Southeast Asia, white-handed gibbons (Hylobates lar) can be found in the rainforests of Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. These gibbons are not easy to find because they spend 99% of their time off the ground. But if you do spot them, they are busy launching themselves up to 15 metres from branch to […]Read More White-handed Gibbons: Tough Monogamous Love?
“Never stop dreaming. Once you stop dreaming, then your life ends… The goals you set for yourself, never stop aiming for the stars. Always aim higher, so you can make a success out of your life.” – Raoul Overbeeke The Blue Shed was particularly bustling that faithful morning, with customers streaming to queue around us, […]Read More His eyes told me a story.
“Nature is breathing, we can either make it or break it.” This was a piece of wisdom by Margreth, a Dutch traveller who has been in Mossel Bay for the past five months. Falling in love with Mossel Bay was natural for Margreth, also affectionately known as Maggie. The safety and cleanliness of the streets […]Read More Mossel Bay – not the sleepy town you imagine.
Coming from Singapore, a tiny island that faces challenges of delicately balancing between preserving natural spaces, and constructing urban spaces, being in Mossel Bay grants me the opportunity to reflect on yet another perspective about the relationship between humans and nature. Unlike Singapore, the abundance of land in the George region allows town planners to […]Read More Who accommodates who? Lessons from The Point in Mossel Bay.
“What do you think of me going to South Africa?” I immediately sent that WhatsApp message to my family’s chat group when I received a forwarded email from my course administrator sharing an internship opportunity in South Africa. Only having travelled to the European continent for the first time last year, it certainly felt timely […]Read More Prologue