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EcoTraining Puzzle: Giraffe Sunset

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EcoTraining Matching Pairs: Birds 1

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EcoTraining Puzzle: White Rhino

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EcoTraining Puzzle: Lioness

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EcoTraining Matching Pairs: Creepy Crawlies

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Did you know that “Creepy crawlies are insects which creep (walk slowly) or crawl (walk on four or more legs).”

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EcoTraining Quiz: Migratory Birds

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EcoTraining Quiz: Primates

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EcoTraining Quiz: South Africa is ‘Lekker’

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EcoTraining Quiz: Cuckoo’s

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EcoTraining Quiz: Waterbirds

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EcoTraining Crossword: Trails Guide

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EcoTraining Quiz: Trails & Tracking

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Real-life Sighting | a Pangolin in Makuleke

Pangolin factsIf you have ever had the privilege of seeing a pangolin in real life, you will know the magnitude of this sighting. It will most definitely be the rarest sighting you will mostly like have whilst out in the African bush on Safari.

As you can see by the stats on your left, this is the most trafficked animal in the world – now, let that sink in!

So, what is the reason for the trafficking of these incredible creatures?

“Large-scale trafficking is driven by a belief that pangolin scales have magical and curative properties and demand for their meat. When mixed with bark from certain trees, the scales are thought to neutralize witchcraft and evil spirits. If buried near a man’s door they are said to give an interested woman power over him.” – African Wildlife Foundation

Did you know that there were four species of pangolin in Africa?

Well, now you do. These four species are as follows:
1. Giant Ground Pangolin (Smutsia gigantea)
2. Temminck’s Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii)
3. The Black-Bellied Pangolin (Phataginus tetradactyla)
4. The White-Bellied Pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis)

If you want to learn more about pangolin’s and other endangered species have a look at the EcoTraining Endangered Species Quiz.

Now, you might be wondering why were are talking about pangolin’s, yes they are fascinating creates and we could probably talk pangolin facts all day, but something very exciting happens this week at our EcoTraining Makuleke Camp that we just have to share with you!

We’re going to let instructor Sean Matthewson fill us in…

“As a cold front rages across South Africa, all creatures, both large and small seek refuge from driving winds. But in an isolated pocket of wilderness, deep in the forest, a pangolin negotiates the terrain and approaching storm.

Every time a gust of wind blows through the forest floor, this little hero rolls up into a defensive ball. He’s not sure whether or not these gusts of wind are friend or foe, and rather opts to be safe.
In these uncertain times, it’s safe thinking like that which will ensure his survival.

Pangolins are the most trafficked animal on Earth, with the majority of animals finding their way to Eastern markets for consumption, and likely, unfounded medicinal practice. It is for this reason that this little champion of the elements will be left free and wild in an undisclosed location (exactly where and as we found him).

Suffice to say, this little armoured tank is considered the Holy Grail of the African bush, with many an avid explorer never having a single opportunity to see him in the wild. It is also the only animal (to this author’s knowledge) that in an instant, can turn a grown man into a blubbering child, overcome with the sheer pleasure of the privilege of a glimpse.

As we sat watching the star of the show, I couldn’t help but think to myself that this could be the last time I set eyes on a pangolin in my lifetime. I am, however, utterly at peace with this notion, as I am among the lucky few and that my search for the Holy Grail, is in fact over.

It is, however, my hope that even now, in conservation’s darkest moments, that these astounding creatures will still find their place in the Anthropocene, and that my children’s children will too stand one day in the presence of greatness, as I did.

My gratitude extends to EcoTraining, without whom this opportunity could never have materialized!”

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EcoTraining Quiz: Reptiles

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EcoTraining Quiz: Amphibians

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How to prepare for the FGASA Practical Exam

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EcoTraining Quiz: Become a Field Guide ||

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How to prepare for the FGASA level 1 Theory Exam

Do you want to become a Field Guide? Are you maybe unsure of what the FGASA Apprentice Field Guide theory exam entails? Here EcoTraining gives you a few tips and tricks when it comes to studying for the exam.

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EcoTraining Quiz: Endangered Birds

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EcoTraining Quiz: East African Animals

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EcoTraining Quiz: Owls

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EcoTraining Quiz: Hyena

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EcoTraining Quiz: Giraffe

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Swimming with Elephants

Have you ever seen elephants disappear? No, it’s not a magic trick but it is something we have seen with our own eyes.