GEKCO Biodiversity

Grass Owl Chicks Rescued from a Raging Fire

Grass Owl chicks rescued from a raging veld fire TEXT & PHOTOGRAPHS TYRONE MCKENDRY On Wednesday night, 13 July, I received a WhatsApp message saying that baby Marsh Owls had been rescued from a veld fire in the Greater Kyalami conservancy (GEKCO). The message was accompanied by some photos and I immediately recognised that the […]

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Steyn City equestrian centre sparks K56 debate

Steyn City equestrian centre sparks K56 debate KYALAMI – The launch of Steyn City’s equestrian centre has been met with mixed feelings from residents, who believe that Steyn City is intent on building the K56 which they believe will destroy Kyalami’s greenbelt and horse industry. The K56 road, which would provide an east-west link from […]

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Bounteous biodiversity in Kyalami- 22 August 2014

Bounteous biodiversity in Kyalami KYALAMI – A year’s worth of images from a camera trap in the Greater Kyalami Conservancy (Gekco) reveals that the area is home to a wide variety of wildlife. This despite the urbanisation that destroys habitats and threatens the survival of local fauna and flora. Tyrone Mckendry of the Gekco committee […]

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A Spiky Sighting in Kyalami- 9 October 2014

A Spiky Sighting in Kyalami The conservancy is a peri-urban area located between Pretoria and Johannesburg. The large open spaces promote a healthy outdoor lifestyle, and while Kyalami is the centre for equestrian activities in South Africa, it also hosts a variety of species. “I was thrilled to finally find one of these cute mammals […]

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Request for Brief Interviews with Residents

The value of a peri-urban conservancy – effects of varying levels of disturbance on small mammal populations   Good day, My name is Tyrone Mckendry and I am an Honours of Science student at the University of the Witwatersrand. As part of the degree, I am conducting research on the effect of varying levels of […]

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