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This author Helani has created 5 entries.

Meerkats at the Movies!

As this week’s Facebook movie star is Timon, the Meerkat from The Lion King, we thought we’d dig a little in the sand to get to know these guys a bit better and (just for fun) compare Timon to the rest of his relatives. For one, he looks like them, complete with dark rings around the eyes to cope better in the harsh sunlight.   They are widely distributed over the dryer parts of Southern Africa, including Botswana, Namibia and South Africa,...

Ophidiologist, or Ophidiophobiac? You might want to take note if you are one of these!

What do Ireland,  New Zealand, Iceland and the Vatican City, have in common? ….You will not find a single snake on any one of them! So if you suffer from Ophidiophobia (Abnormal fear of snakes) then maybe you could treat yourself to a holiday to one of these destinations. On the other hand, if you are an Ophidiologist, then you would not want to do your research here. There are also many territories, or parts of countries without any snakes, like  Hawaii, Greenland, Bermuda, St Helena, Isle...

Ecobricks!

Butterfly World Zoo is really excited about this concept. It teaches valuable principles and it is the simplest thing to make…even your 3 year old would love to help!! Admitting to the next generation that we did not do our best to curb the amount of waste on rubbish dumps and teaching them alternatives, is not only a good idea, it is becoming crucial. In stead of dumping your rubbish, why not make an Ecobrick and let the young ones help you? Here...

To Zoo or not To Zoo

In the light of various interviews and documentaries about the validity of zoos, I thought it an opportune time to put a penny in the pouch and hopefully help you to make a heartfelt and head led decision on the question. So here goes… Maybe you have walked through a zoo and saw a beautiful Green Tree Iguana lying on a heated floor instead of somewhere in Brazil in a tropical forest and you thought… “This is not right. The poor guy...

Fund Raising effort to build Bruce and Kiki a suitable home.

Our Vervet Monkeys, Kiki and Bruce, need a bigger home for a better quality of life. They recently arrived at Butterfly World Zoo as previously owned pets, although they should be free in the savannah. Being territorial and intelligent animals they need space with stimulating activities. Acting as ambassadors to over 100 000 visitors each year that come to to appreciate their lives and antics. All donations raised go to their upgraded lifestyle as operational costs are covered by visitor...