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Braais and half-price specials at Crocworld Conservation Centre this Heritage Day

Heritage day at Crocworld Conservation CentreCrocworld Conservation Centre on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast is offering South Africans a fantastic special to celebrate Heritage Day on Saturday 24 September.

All visitors to this natural haven will only pay a half-price admission fee throughout Heritage Day. And to truly embrace the diverse cultural heritage that makes up South Africa, all staff members will be adorned in their traditional attire with visitors encouraged to do the same. Traditional Zulu dancers will also be performing for the guests throughout the Centre for the day.

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Crocworld Conservation Centre nurtures the youth’s love of trees this Arbor Day

With the ever increasing effects of climate change becoming more evident daily, the need to educate the nation’s youth about the importance of the natural environment becomes more urgent. Crocworld Conservation Centre, based in Scottburgh, once again took up this noteworthy cause on Arbor Day, 1 September, when staff members visited the local Celekuhle Senior Primary School between 8am and 9am to donate trees and seed kits while teaching the children about nature.

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Two-part talk on Bird Migration at Crocworld Conservation Centre

On September 10th, Crocworld Conservation Centre be presenting a talk by renowned ornithologists Graham Grieve and David Ehlers-Smith. The talk, which is to be titled Long-Distance and Intra-African Bird Migration, offers birders and nature-lovers alike the opportunity to gain an expert insight into the lives of some of Africa’s most fascinating migratory birds.

Grieve and Ehlers-Smith will deliver the talk in two parts, with each focusing on their particular areas of expertise. Grieve, a qualified bird ringer, will reflect on his experiences ringing birds as part of an international project in Tsavo West Game Reserve, Kenya. In doing so, he will explain the life histories of some of the continent’s rarest Palearctic migrant species. These are the northern hemisphere birds that travel long distances each year to spend the summer here in southern Africa.

Ehlers-Smith, on the other hand, will look at the species that inhabit the Indian Ocean Coastal Forest Belt. In particular, he will focus on resident migratory species, and those that travel from other areas to spend the winter in the coastal forests. Part of Ehlers-Smith’s talk will be dedicated to the issues threatening these forest habitats, including habitat degradation and the land-use pressures triggered by increasing agriculture and urbanisation. Both Ehlers-Smith and Grieve will be speaking from extensive personal experience.

Grieve and Ehlers-Smith

Date: Saturday, 10 September

Time: 8:30 for 9:00am to 11:00am

08.30 – 9.00am: Registration and Welcome by Crocworld Conservation Centre.

9.00- 10.30am: ‘Long-Distance and Intra-African Bird Migration’

10.30- 11.00am: Tea & coffee

There will be time for questions whilst tea and coffee is served.

Venue: Crocworld Conservation Centre

Cost: R75.00 per adult and R35 per pensioner or scholar. Payment secures a place for the talk, please send proof of payment (or arrange to pay on the day)

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL (space is limited)

Lunch is not included in the price. For those who would like to have lunch can return to Le Rendez- Vous Restaurant at Crocworld Conservation Centre which has beautiful views of the Coastline and serves light lunches or pay a visit to Inzinyoni Indigenous Nursery. The nursery is located on the grounds of Crocworld Conservation Centre and open to the public from Monday to Saturday from 08h00 until 13h00.

To make your reservation contact: Nolean Allun, Crocworld Conservation Centre on
(039) 976 1103/ (083) 654 9651 or e-mail
Account Details: Crocworld (Crookes Brothers Limited) Banking Details: FNB,
Branch: Scottburgh, Branch Code: 220227, Account Number: 53640119111, please fax the proof of payment to (039) 978 3279

Please note:

If you wrote down your name on the list passed around at the August Talk there is no need to re-book as you have already been added to the list of attendees for the September talk. You are welcome to pay cash on the day or if you still wish to pay via EFT, please ensure you bring along the proof of payment with you to the talk. However if you are no longer able to attend please inform us via telephone or email so that we can remove your name from the September talk attendees list.

Its going to be a fantastic talk, we hope that you can join us.

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September Pokémon Go Event not to be missed

We are really excited about hosting our second Pokémon Go event.

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Arbor Day Initiative

Celekuhle Senior Primary School, the 1st of September 2016 (08:00- 09:00) 153 learners will participate in the arbor day celebration.

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Selecting indigenous plants will help save water during the drought

Crocworld_1The ongoing drought has left many garden-lovers in despair as strict water restrictions have turned once lush gardens into desolate wastelands with plants wilted and dying. However, by selecting indigenous plants, gardens can be transformed into a wealth of colour with very little water needed.

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Successful Pokémon Go Event at Crocworld

Antonio Dawson,Desigan & Henriette Naicker, Annika Hurriparsad - ChatsworthCrocworld Conservation Centre on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast has seen an influx of visitors recently searching for a new kind of resident creature – the Pokémon.

Pokémon Go became a worldwide phenomenon following its launch last month with users eagerly downloading the location-based, augmented reality game and searching for the elusive Pokémon. Niantic – creators of the hit game – intended to get electronics-users away from their homes, out into the real world, allowing them to become more active while also visiting the sites around them. Through the use of Google Maps, Pokémon and all its accompaniments, can be found at landmarks across the world with Crocworld Conservation Centre in Scottburgh being one such place.

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South Coast herpetologist gives lifesaving insights into the Black Mamba

1The onset of winter is typically the start of mating season for Africa’s most feared snake, the Black Mamba, and residents are warned to contact a snake removal expert if they have any encounters.

The species can lay anything from six to 17 eggs during summer and, upon hatching, the juveniles measure roughly 45cm in length and may grow incredibly fast, with some reaching 2m in length within their first year of life.

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Award-Winning Wildlife Cinematographer Graeme Duane Talk at Crocworld Conservation Centre

1On August 13th, Crocworld Conservation Centre will be presenting a talk by renowned filmmaker and producer Graeme Duane. Duane is the latest expert to speak as part of the centre’s much-anticipated monthly lecture series and his talk, entitled ‘Seven Lessons From The Wild’ will give an incredible insight into his own encounters with some of nature’s most charismatic species.

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Johan Marais Snake Talk at Crocworld Conservation Centre

johanThose with an interest in snakes should make sure to schedule Crocworld Conservation Centre’s latest environmental talk in their diaries. On June 11th renowned herpetologist Johan Marais will become the most recent speaker in the Centre’s monthly lecture series, the purpose of which is to celebrate South Africa’s incredible biodiversity.

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