NEWS & EVENTS

National Flower – Protea Protea cynariodes

2.03.2015
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The giant or king protea is widely distributed in the south-western and southern areas of the Western Cape, from the Cedarberg up to just east of Grahamstown.
The artichoke-like appearance of the flower-heads of the king protea lead to the specific name ‘cynaroides’, which means ‘like cynara’ (the artichoke).

The name does not do justice to the beautiful flower-heads of this protea, which is the largest in the genus.

A number of varieties in colour and leaf shapes  are found, but the most beautiful is the pink coloured flower […]

National Fish – Galjoen Corascinus capensis

2.03.2015
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ational Fish - Galjoen Corascinus capensis

The galjoen is found only along the South African coast.

It keeps to mostly shallow water, is often found in rough surf and sometimes right next to the shore and is known to every angler.

Near rocks, the colour of the galjoen is almost completely black, while in sandy areas the colour is silver-bronze.

It is also known in KwaZulu-Natal as blackfish or black bream. The record size is over 55 cm and 7 kg, however the average is much smaller.

The galjoen is a game fighter. The diet of the galjoen consists mainly of red bait (ascidians […]

National Bird – Blue Crane

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 Anthropoides Paradisia
This elegant crane, that stands about one meter high, is almost entirely restricted to South Africa in its distribution.
The blue crane is a light blue-grey, has a long neck supporting a rather bulbous head, long legs and elegant wing plumes which sweep to the ground.

It eats seeds, insects and reptiles. Blue cranes lay their eggs in the bare veld, often close to water.

They are quite common in the Karoo, but are also seen in the grasslands of KwaZulu-Natal and the highveld, usually in pairs or small family parties.

The blue crane […]

National Animal – Springbuck

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National Animal - Springbuck

Typical of this species is the pronk (jumping display), which led to its common name.
Both sexes have horns but those of the ram are thicker and rougher.  This species has adapted to the dry, barren areas and open grass plains.

It is found mainly in the Free State, North West province and in the Karoo up to the west coast.

They are herd animals and move in small herds during winter, but often crowd together in bigger herds in summer. They eat both grass and leaves and can go without drinking-water, because they get enough moisture from the […]