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Fauna of Africa


What woman doesn't like a bit of drama? Designers created a statement on the catwalk this autumn by embellishing clothes with feathers ranging from delicate marabou to bold plumes.

Friday, 28 October, 2011, 12:00am

Wild about danger

You'll have heard it often enough: 'It's more afraid of you than you are of it.' They mean a wild animal.

Yet after watching Discovery Channel's new mini-series World's Deadliest Towns, you'll begin to doubt the truth of that statement.

6 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

On the wild side

Exotic meats, such as antelope, camel and zebra, tend to be very lean and low in saturated fats and a healthy alternative to conventional farmed meat. The majority of the exotic animals are not farmed for their meat, but are culled to control numbers. Therefore, they tend to live a very healthy, natural life, living outdoors and eating grasses, leaves and herbs.

14 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Channel hop

Raising three energetic toddlers is a full-time project for even the most competent of parents but when the brood consists of a rhinoceros, a warthog and a hyena, it takes an enormous amount of expertise and creativity to keep chaos at bay. Child-proofing the pantry takes a barricade of furniture; Sunday morning snuggles in ma and pa's bed becomes a dangerous undertaking.

7 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Dogs living wild

Man's best friend

Dogs, wolves, coyotes, foxes, dingos and jackals all belong to the Canidae or dog family. They are sometimes called canids (pronounced kay-nids).

24 Jun 2009 - 12:00am


Head in the sand

Ostriches are known as the birds who bury their heads in the sand. This is a myth. It's not true. But there are lots of other interesting things about ostriches.

For example, ostriches can run faster than any other bird - nearly 75km per hour. They also lay bigger eggs than any other bird. And their feathers make excellent dusters.

24 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Hog heaven

Wonderful animals

The first pigs appeared about 46 million years ago. One of the biggest ancient pigs was the entelodont or terminator pig. It was two metres tall at the shoulder. This big pig ate everything from plants to deer.

Today the Suidae family includes pigs, babirusas, giant forest hogs, warthogs, pygmy hogs, and bushpigs.

22 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

The sculptor who likes to work on eggs

It's good to know what you want to do with your life at a young age.

If you had asked Pu Derong, 40, the question, he would have said without hesitation - egg sculpture. Imagine how his parents might have reacted to hearing about his aspiration.

4 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Feeding on leftovers

Nature's cleaners

Carnivores spend hours hunting other animals for food. Hunting isn't easy. Hunters have to look for their prey, sneak up on it, and then attack.

When victims fight back, hunters can get hurt. Deer fight off tigers by kicking them with their hooves. Birds can hurt a snake's eyes and soft skin with their beaks.

11 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Narwhals: the unicorns of the sea

Long in the tooth

There is an ancient Inuit story about a woman who fell into the ocean while holding a harpoon.

As the woman splashed about, a beluga whale swam up to see what was happening. The curious whale swam so close to the woman, it was speared by the harpoon. And that, the Inuit say, is how the first narwhal was made.

8 Oct 2008 - 12:00am