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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

National botanical and zoological gardens remain open

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) announces that its National Botanical and Zoological Gardens will remain open unless further directives are received from the government of the Republic of South Africa. SANBI has inte...

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Published on: 23 March 2020

National zoo remains open

Please note that the Pretoria National Zoological Garden remains open to citizens. We are aware of the concerns as a result of the COVID-19. We always take our customers’ health very serious hence we provide sanitary at all times. ...

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Published on: 13 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

DID YOU KNOW?

blue blooded creatures

Unlike mammals, spiders, snails and octopi have blue blood. This is because the hemocyanin molecule that oxygen is bound to in these animals contains copper, which gives their blood the blue colour