Wildlife and wilderness

Hippo takes a swim in South African pool

A hippo in South Africa's drought-hit Limpopo province decided to cool off in the swimming pool of a private nature reserve. Staff recorded a short video clip of the quirky incident before gently guiding the animal out of the pool using pool brushes and leaf catchers.

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Orphaned baby rhino named

A rhino calf, found abandoned on New Year's Eve in South Africa's Aquila Private Game Reserve, has been named following a public vote. The names suggested were shortlisted to six, but Osita, a name of Igbo origin, won the hearts of most of the voters.

South African conservationist wins WWF award

Conservationist and head of iSimangaliso Wetland Park Andrew Zaloumis has been awarded World Wildlife Fund South Africa's 2015 Living Planet Award for his inspirational conservation work and his role in the economic turnaround of the prestigious KwaZulu-Natal nature reserve.

Leaping kudu caught on camera in South Africa

A professional photographer got lucky when he was on safari in the Kruger National Park. Arno Pietersen managed to capture a magnificent jumping kudu bull and the images have left an impression on those who have seen them.

Shark encounters in South African waters

Champion surfer Mick Fanning fought off a great white in Jeffreys Bay on the weekend. He was not the first person to escape a shark attack along the South African coast – although the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board says attacks are rare, with an average of only six incidents a year.

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