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New Frog Species Discovered in South Africa

Strawberry Frog - April Fool

Cape Town, 01 April 2020 – A new frog species discovered in the Western Cape province of South Africa, so closely resembles a strawberry that it has been named the Strawberry Frog or scientifically as Phyllobates Fragaria Lirpa. By Tourism Tattler ...

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What is Ecotourism?

Eco-tourists at Vallee de Mai in Seychelles

The term ecotourism dates back to the 80s when people became aware that planet Earth is in danger and that they need to take better care of it. Once humanity had realised the harmful effects our behaviour has on the ...

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African Acacia Thorn Trees Reclassified

African Acacia tree against an orange sunset

Africa’s thorny trees and shrubs are no longer “Acacias.” The taxonomic status of these trees proposed in 2003 has been adopted. The genus Acacia is reserved for the Australian native species while Africa will now have to call its acacias ...

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Strange but True facts on just about Everything

Tattler's Believe It Or Not

From Ants to Zebras, this A-Z list of strange but true facts on just about anything and everything is an ongoing project that you are welcome to contribute towards. STRANGE BUT TRUE ALCOHOL FACTS Absinthe is another name for the ...

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Airline Reduces Packaging Waste by 750 Tonnes

Airline catering employee among crates of packed meals

Dubai, 28 October 2019 – Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC), one of the world’s largest catering services providers, has introduced a new packaging solution to further reduce waste across its food manufacturing operations. The company has replaced cardboard packaging with reusable crates ...

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Pros and Cons of Single-Use Plastic Alternatives

Mountains of single use plastic at Coastal Park Landfill in Muizenberg, Cape Town

What sustainable options are available to replace single-use plastics and what are their advantages and disadvantages? It’s no surprise that the world has woken up to the disadvantages and negative impact of single-use plastics. More and more, we are seeing ...

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SA Mint Launches Environmental Rights Coin

SA Mint Environmental Rights Coin

Centurion, South Africa, 8 July 2019 – The South African Mint, a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), today released into circulation a new R2 commemorative circulation coin themed ‘Environmental Rights’ as part of its coin ...

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Leading Hospitality Players Adopt a Bluewater Pro Approach

A waiter serving guests

CAPE TOWN, 03 July 2019 – Leading names in the South African hospitality industry are enjoying the cost and sustainability benefits of one of the world’s most advanced water purification technologies, utilising the Bluewater Pro water purification unit to produce ...

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Rhino Conservation Awards Call for Entries

African Rhino

Nominations for the 8th annual Rhino Conservation Awards have officially opened and are invited from the five rhino range states of Africa. The 2019 Award Nomination Categories are: Best Field RangerBest Conservation PractitionerBest Political, Investigative and Judicial supportBest Rhino Conservation ...

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Earth Hour For Hotels

Earth Hour branding

This year, Earth Hour falls on Saturday 30 March and the initiators of the #Connect2Earth global campaign – WWF has partnered with United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to create connect2earth.org. Hotels are urged to participate in the #Connect2Earth ...

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Proposal To Lift Hunting Ban In Botswana

Gabarone, Botswana, 22 February 2019 – Yesterday, a white paper was submitted to the government, which, if passed, could effectively lift the ban on hunting wildlife in all areas of Botswana that has been in effect since January 2014. The ...

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Call For Entries: 2019 Eco-Logic Awards

Eco-logic Awards trophies

Entries for the 8th annual Eco-Logic Awards are now open. Presented by The Enviropaedia, South Africa’s online environmental encyclopaedia, green directory and repository of sustainability thought leadership, the awards event will be held on 5 June 2019, which is World ...

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Hotel Group Adopts Plastic-Free Straw Initiative

Plastic-free straw in beverage

Johannesburg, South Africa, 29 January 2019 – In alignment with the plastic-free straw commitment of leading hotel group Accor Hotels, Mercure Hotels South Africa has fully adopted the initiative from January 2019 across their branches in Randburg, Midrand, Bedfordview and Nelspruit. Prior to the initiative ...

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Major Boost for Responsible Tourism in Conservation

game drive at Timbavati

The signing of a historic Cooperative Agreement between Kruger National Park and private reserves, state reserves and communal areas on the border of the park is seen as a major boost for responsible tourism in conservation across Africa. According to ...

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Former Botswana President Commits to Tuli Conservation

Dr Ian Khama

The Tuli Conservation Trust (CBE) has announced the appointment of the Former President of Botswana, His Excellency Lieutenant General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama, as its founding patron.  Ian Khama has played a visionary role in establishing Botswana’s world-renowned conservation ...

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Seychelles Bans Plastic Straws

Plastic straws in cocktails

In another step to help protect the environment of Seychelles, the importation of single-use plastic straws will be banned as of 01 February 2019.  According to the Seychelles News Agency, the island nation’s ministry of environment will ban the importation of ...

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The uMfolozi: A Conservation Story

Zulu Chief

The uMfolozi Big Five Reserve is a special conservation story – the story of how Dr Ian Player started a global effort to save the rhino from extinction, and how years later five tribal chiefs contributed their land to conserve ...

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Lions return to the Great Karoo

Two lionesses drinking at samara game reserve by Marnus Ochse

More than 180 years ago, South Africa’s Great Karoo region was roamed by the majestic Cape lion – a particularly magnificent black-maned subspecies. Wiped out by hunters, their relatives are being welcomed back to Samara Private Game Reserve near Graaff-Reinet ...

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Seychelles Launches Blue Bond for Healthy Oceans

Seychelles Blue Bond

SEYCHELLES, 06 November 2018 – The Republic of Seychelles has launched the world’s first sovereign blue bond — a pioneering financial instrument designed to support sustainable marine and fisheries projects. The bond, which raised US$15 million from international investors, demonstrates ...

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SANParks Receives 3 Million Rand For Anti-Poaching

SANParks Anti-Poaching Donation

SKUKUZA, Mpumalanga, 26 October 2018 – South African National Parks (SANParks) received a 3 Million Rand donation from the Legacy Experience project spearheaded by international cricketers, Kevin Pietersen and Mark Boucher. The money is meant for the Airwing based at Skukuza ...

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Great Karoo Reserve Goes Big Five

Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve

Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve has announced that it will be furthering its long-term conservation vision with the introduction of elephant and lion onto the 14 000ha reserve in 2018. This means that Mount Camdeboo will become home to the famed ...

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Toyota Donates 4×4 for SANParks Anti-Poaching

Toyota Donates 4x4 for SANParks Anti-Poaching

PRETORIA, South Africa, 19 October 2018 – In an effort to contribute to the fight against rhino poaching and other wildlife crime, Toyota South Africa Motors has donated a brand new Hilux Double Cab 4×4 valued at approximately R546 500 to ...

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The Final Straw For Fairway Hotel

JOHANNESBURG, 30 August 2018 – The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort has announced “THE FINAL STRAW” initiative. Aimed at protecting the environment, this imitative will put an end to the customary serving of plastic straws, and they will be offering compostable ...

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Timbavati Welcomes New Warden

GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, 15 August 2018 – The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve has formally welcomed their new Warden, Edwin Pierce, who joined the reserve on 1 May 2018. Edwin wasted no time in sharing his energy, passion and valuable experience, and ...

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Ford Provides Grants for Conservation in Africa

PRETORIA, South Africa – Conservation and related education projects in Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania have gained new impetus following the provision of $ 20 000 (USD) grants to leading environmental organisations by the Ford Motor Company. Ford Motor Company has ...

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Seychelles to Speak at Pacific Islands Conference

Former Seychelles President James Alix Michel has been invited to attend the 1st High-Level Pacific Blue Economy Conference (PBEC) under the theme ‘Sustainable Oceans in a Changing Climate’ organised by the Pacific Islands Development Forum to be held in Suva ...

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Will Trump’s Climate Accord Exit Impact Africa?

Paris and Washington may seem a long way from Africa, but President Trump’s actions in exiting the USA from the Paris Climate Accord will impact Africa and especially African inbound tourism in the long run. By Tim Smith. We all ...

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The Impact of Drought on SA’s Wildlife Environment

To provide a better understanding of Tourism Tattler’s feature regarding the impact of drought on South Africa’s game reserves and wildlife environment – and with specific reference to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park (HiP) reserve – I have repeated an article ...

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Taking Action Against Plastic

Boy on beach looking at plastic waste

To kerb the disastrous environmental impact of plastics, a new report released by the World Economic Forum provides a tangible plan for the global plastics industry to take action across all types of plastic packaging. In just over half a ...

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Enviro Rehab Project in Eastern Cape

A long-term project that aims to eradicate alien invasive plant species and re-introduce endemic flora is underway at Lalibela Private Game Reserve, located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape province of South Africa. By Des Langkilde. Following the sale of Lalibela ...

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War Against Alien Invasive Trees

The ‘big guns’ in the arsenal of alien invader trees are the Australian wattles (Acacia spp.), gum trees (Eucalyptus spp.), pines, poplars, weeping willows and mesquite. By 2010, these plants had spread over 16% of South Africa’s land area – ...

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Case Study: The Boardwalk’s Environmental Sustainability

The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World in Port Elizabeth continues to subscribe by its mantra; reduce, reuse and recycle − a commitment to promote and conserve a sustainable environment and community, while reducing waste and energy consumption. As captured in ...

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Great Plains Conservation + andBeyond Join Forces for Rhino

With rhino poaching at an all-time high in South Africa, two of Africa’s leading conservation companies, Great Plains Conservation and andBeyond, have joined forces to safely translocate up to 100 rhino from South Africa to the safe haven of Botswana. ...

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The Economics Of The Illegal Wildlife Trade

The illegal trade of animals or animal parts has become one of the most lucrative black market activities in the world. Driven by the promise of high-profit margins, poachers in Africa – namely militias, armed groups, and insurgent groups – ...

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