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All Honeyguide's holidays in southern Africa — South Africa and Namibia — support SABAP2. This web page explains about project and our support, and has other conservation stories from South Africa.

The second Southern African Bird Atlas Project (SABAP2) is one of the most intensive monitoring programmes ever undertaken in South Africa. Many areas are difficult to access but critically need atlas work and ongoing monitoring work for BirdLife South Africa to understand the bird conservation challenges in these remote sites.

First, catch your rockjumper

Cape rockjumpers live in craggy parts of South Africa's SW Cape - rocky slopes and scree in the fynbos zone. How much connection is there between potentially isolated populations?

To study gene flow within the species, researcher have been trapping rockjumpers to get DNA samples. That's quite a challenge - and obviously so if you've seen where they live. There are reports here on recent efforts. The work continues.

Cape rockjumper

This story is part of a wider project on the conservation status of Cape endemics. Geoff Crane, Honeyguide's leader in South Africa, donated 2,000 rands to the Cape endemics conservation fund following Honeyguide's SW Cape holiday in autumn 2015 (report here), complementing Honeyguide's donation to bird survey project SABAP2.

Thanks from BirdLife South Africa (October 2012)

"Your annual support of SABAP2 is gratefully appreciated. For a project like SABAP2, a donation of R8700 can go a long way to achieving the project goals (such as sending atlasers to an unatlased area). SABAP 2 is providing very valuable information which is supporting a number of important projects, including the Important Bird Areas Programme."

Mark D. Anderson
Chief Executive Officer, BirdLife South Africa

This was in response to Honeyguide's donation of £650 (inc Gift Aid). In addition, Geoff Crane has donated R4000 (about £280) on behalf of Crane's Cape Tours & Travel and Honeyguide to MammalMap, which is seeking to map mammals, throughout Africa, much as SABAP2 is doing for birds in South Africa.

You can view a brief (eight slides) summary of SABAP2's year-by-year progress here.

South African Secretarybirds tracked by satellite. News of this project, run by BirdLife South Africa and two other bodies, here (on the BirdLife International website).

Birdlife South Africa


BirdLife SA is looking onto establishing a new colony for African penguins, in addition to the two in SW Cape visited by Honeyguide. The new site will be farther east to attempt to link the SW Cape population with those in the Eastern Cape. More on this here.

African penguins
African penguins (Geoff Crane)

Where do African Penguins go when they're not breeding? More here from BirdLife South Africa.

More bird pictures from Kruger National Park here.

African wild cat

African wild cat (Val Codling).
On the holiday in 2012, one was seen on a few occasions within the camp at Satara. This is is on Val's 'stoop' (front verandah).

Knysna Forest elephant update

In this fragment of native forest on the Garden Route, it was thought just one wild elephant remained. Recent research suggests there may be five, or more. Full story here.

Since the mid-2000s, research has emerged that suggests the existence of at least five elephants. ©SANParks

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