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Zoo Holiday Programme

I did the junior courses in December 2019, finished with Grade 11. An important year in which my marks had to be good enough for University to register for the field of study of my choice early 2020 (Grade 12). Thought I would just follow a nice ...

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Published on: 11 May 2021

Ride Gautrain and get free entry for the kids

Gautrain is offering free entry into the National Zoological Garden located in Pretoria for up to two (2) children per family, who are twelve (12) years or younger. This promotion is valid between 14 December 2020 and 31 March 2021&nb...

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Published on: 15 December 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

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 vultures feed on carrion (dead carcasses) and do not kill their own prey? Their feet are weak and better suited to walking on the ground than to picking up prey