In the middle of August, the leopard tortoise in my garden moved. This little piece of news galvanised the whole household. Said tortoise had been in hibernation for the winter months, still as a stone.
More than any other animal, elephants have shaped the ecosystems of Africa. Their need for space is, in part, influencing southern African conservation and the creation of natural corridors and mega-parks.
This time of year, as you drive through the Overberg and Karoo, you might notice large flocks of our national bird, the blue crane, visible from the road. Winter is the time of year that they gather in numbers.