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National Zoological Garden celebrates Spring Day

After nearly five months, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is pleased to announce that its National Zoological Garden (NZG) will open to the public under alert level 2 as published in the Government Gazette Notice Number 436...

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Published on: 29 August 2020

National Botanical Gardens set to open

Following the announcement published by the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Barbara Creecy, on 30 July 2020, all national botanical gardens are set to open to the public on Monday 3 August 2020. However, the gardens will be op...

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Published on: 30 July 2020

National Zoological Garden to close

All 11 National Botanical Gardens and the National Zoological Garden will be closing on 25 March 2020. The decision to close one day before the Republic of South Africa’s official lockdown was taken to enable staff to prepare their operatio...

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Published on: 23 March 2020

Slip siding away …

Getting tied up in knots is something this fish take really seriously – the hagfish (Myxini) turns itself into a marine pretzel to twist its prey to pieces. But wait, there’s more. The hagfish is also covered in slime. This icky substance...

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Published on: 20 November 2017

Open the ocean’s jewellery box and see what’s inside

Found at depths of more than 30m below the waves live tiny ocean crustaceans known as sea sapphires. Looking like dancing microscopic disco balls they all but disappear when surfacing to feed. Their signature dazzle is derived from tightly pa...

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Published on: 20 October 2017

DID YOU KNOW?

Weavers

Weavers build nests over ponds using blades of grass. The male builds the nest, then shows off by making noise and hanging upside down from the nest. If his display succeeds, a female will inspect the nest and occupy it