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

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 the name hippopotamus comes from ancient Greek and a hippo was considered a female deity of pregnancy in ancient Egypt?