The Deepest Hole On Earth

It’s an astonishing 12km deep. That’s more than a kilometer deeper than the deepest point of the ocean.

What’s At The Bottom Of The Deepest Hole On Earth?

Remove this rusted metal cap and the world’s deepest hole tunnels miles into the Earth. However, we know more about certain distant galaxies than we do about what lies miles beneath our very own feet. For that reason, Soviet scientists in the… READ MORE…ON

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Tree Bark

Is’nt the bark of trees fascinating? This Skink was using the broken bark to camauglage himself whilst hunting insects! He darted into a crack when he spotted me!

A closer view of the hunter!

The Skink emerges from the bark to hunt for insects.

The pale brown tip of another Skink’s head is just visible in the middle of the picture, near the white piece of bark.

Wildlife in the Garden!

After a day of heavy rain, this centipede found a safe place on my front door! It was safely removed to the bottom of the garden.

Tell us what you know about centipede’s – two facts or a drawing will earn you a prize!

Send your reply to Di. Kids Clu, Freepost KZN 521, Cascades, 3203

Answers should be in by 30 April 2012

A centipede on my door

Go Greener with Hyaena

Log onto www.scholastic.co.uk/zone for eco-tips

KIDS – IF YOU ARE BETWEEN 3 AND 6 YEARS OLD AND BELONG TO THE KIDS CLUB, YOU CAN WIN A BOOK CALLED “Hey! What’s That Nasty Whiff?”

Why should we say NO!!! to POLLUTION?

email DI AT  rhinoclub@kznwildlife.com

IFAW – International Fund For Animal Welfare

IFAW – Saving animals in crisis around the World – Prevention of Illegal Wildlife Trade

They have recently published a Pocket Manual of Species in Trade (CITES listed species) covering Eastern and Southern Africa 2011, but to find out more about IFAW, visit their website www.ifaw.org

Information below is taken from this Manual 

MAMMALS Listed as entering the International Trade illegally in the form of live animal, trophies, skin and leather products or teeth and ivory OR AS EXOTIC PETS:

Bontebok, Lechwe, Bue Duiker, Honey Badger, Hippopotamus

Serval, Caracal, Lion, Aardwolf,  African Civet,  Grevy’s Zebra, White Rhinoceros, Black Rhinoceros, Blue Monkey,  Mandrill,  Hamadryas Baboon, Vervet Monkey and relatives, Patas Monkey, Lesser Bushbaby, Common Marmoset,  Black-capped Capuchin, Common Squirrel Monkey, Western Gorilla.

BIRDS Listed as entering the International Trade illegally in the form of live birds

Shoebill, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Livingstone’s Turaco, Caribbean/ Greater Flamingo, Tawny Eagle, African White-Backed Vulture, Peregrine Falcon, Black-Crowned Crane, Grey-Crowned Crane, Kori Bustard, Jave Sparrow, Umbrella Cockatoo, Chattering Lori, Rainbow Lorikeet, Fischer’s Lovebird, Masked Lovebird, Blue-fronted Amazon, Red-lored Amazon, Yelow-crowned Amazon, Bkue-and-gold Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Grren-winged Macaw, Sun Conure, Jandaya Conure, Eclectus Parrot, Eastern Rosella, Jardine’s Parrot, Brown Parrot/ Meyer’s Parrot, Grey Parrot, African Penguin, Barn Owl, Ostrich 

Reptiles Listed as entering the International Trade illegally in the form of live animals for the pet trade or leather products

Nile Crocodile, Chameleons, Crag Lizards,/ Girdled Lizards, Rock/ Southern savanna Monitor, Nile Monitor, Hawksbill Turtle, Aldabra Giant Tortoise, African Spurred Tortoise, Bell’s Hinged Tortoise, Pancake Tortoise, Leopard Tortoise/ Mountain Tortoise, Afircan rock Python, East African sand Boa/ Kenyan Sand Boa

Sharks and Bony FishesListed as entering the International Trade illegally in the form of  Live animals, teeth and bones or dried bodies

Great White Sharks, Seahorses/ Horsefishes

Other Animals Listed as entering the International Trade illegally

Emporer Scorpion, Stony Corals

Plants Listed as entering the International Trade illegallyin the live form

Elephant trunks (Pachypodium), Hoodia, Cacti, Cycads, Venus Flytrap, Spurge (Euphorbia), Aloes, Orchids, Avonia

What Spoor is this?

Can you identify this spoor? We saw it when we went on a Game Drive in Ithala Game Reserve during the Kids Club Star-gazing Excursion! It belongs to a very large animal!!!

A young animal was curious about this warthog hole. What was it?

Answer: AN ELEPHANT

WELL DONE, RICHAAD! YOU HAVE WON A KIDS CLUB T-SHIRT!

 

GIRAFFE – MALE OR FEMALE?

Determining the gender of animals can be fun on a Game drive or at a Water-hole.

Look at this Giraffe. Do you know if it is male or female; young or old?

CLUES for identifying gender:

Look at the intensity of colour – pale or dark

Look at the “horns” – large or smaller, tufted or smooth; knob between them or not

Compare the size of the animals in a herd  – males are generally larger than females

Send your answer to kidsclub@kznwildlife.com or rhinoclub@kznwildlife.com

Give your shirt size

Identify this Francolin (Spurfowl)

Spotted in Ithala Game Reserve in June 2011

QUESTION: WHICH FRANCOLIN OR SPURFOWL IS THIS?

SEND YOUR ANSWER TO rhinoclub@kznwildlfie.com Give your shirt size

QUESTION – JUNE 2011

New young flowers growing out of the branches. Old flowers fall into a scarlet carpet beneath the tree

QUESTION: WHAT SOUTH AFRICAN TREE IS THIS?

CLUE: SUNBIRDS LOVE THE FLOWERS – THE SEEDS ARE CONTAINED IN SMALL, DARK BERRIES

ANSWER:

Please EMAIL YOUR ANSWER to kidsclub@kznwildlife.com

Bird-feeders in your garden

Simple bird-feeder for your garden. Birds like to have a quick escape route, so hang it where there are bushes for them to hop into if they feel threatened!

Birds dont mind over-ripened fruit! It attracts other insects for them to feed off!

A simple bird-feeding table can be constructed out of a small squre of wood; a long nail; a small nail; approximately 5 metres of nylon string; a small pulley.

Firstly, choose your sturdy tree near a bit of shrubbery, so that the birds feel safe. 

1.  Cut a square of wood, or use off-cuts  to make a platform – make it roughly 25 cm wide

2. Hammer the long nail into the centre of the square, with the point facing skywards

3. Cut 4 pieces of string, each about half a metre  in length. Tie these to each corner of the wooden platform.

4. Tie the pulley to a horizontal branch of your chosen tree.

5. Carefully hammer the smaller nail iton the tree trunk, quite low down so that you can reach it easily.

6. Tie those four pieces of secured string together, so that it forms a “pyramid” shape. At the point, tie another single strand (about three metres long) of string and feed it through the pulley. Tie a little loop at the end of this piece of string.

7. Hang the string over the branch and hoist your feeding platform up to the height you want it, then put the loop over the small nail head to keep it stable.

8.  Cut a slice out of an apple (or other fruit) and stick the whole apple onto the nail on the platform. You can lie a chunk of ripe banana (do not peel it completely) next to it for all the little fruit-eaters.

A Sunbird feeding

SUNBIRD FEEDERS made from glass Tomato Sauce bottles, plastic 2l cold-drink bottle, manufactured plastic containers. These can be purchsed from selected shops along the Midlands Meander or Hardware stores.

A simple Recipe for homemade nectar that we are using successfully, is – 3 and a half heaped table-spoons of sugar, dissolved in 400ml of tap water. This is changed every weekend.

 

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