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Dear readers, One can feel winter setting in. The days are growing shorter and the sunsets are even more spectacular. We had Hippos grazing just outside our studio lawn the other night, the bush-babies barking and the owls hooting. The mornings are a cacophony of Trumpeter hornbills. Since I bought The Trumpter  I have had the pleasure of being invited on Hippo and croc tours, night drives, guided walks to name a few. If you are new or even if you think you’ve done it all already, I highly recommend you do it again. At the very least, treat yourself to regular meanders through the iSimagaliso Wetland parks, it truly is a ‘marvel’.  Our winter edition sports a new crossword competition, and a host of interesting articles sent in by our community and sponsors. A huge thank you to all who have contributed and shown support. We’re still breaking our back to make ends meet, but we love this work. With your continued contributions and support, we’ll do our best to showcase this region in all it’s glory, and the spirit of a truly unique community.  To keep informed between editions, view old editions, advertise, or to contribute to what appears in future editions, please join us on Facebook, visit our BLOG, or write to us




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ACROSS 2 Black and White, Pointed and Square 6 The third largest land animal. It’s closest living relatives are whales and porpoises 8 When born, their sex is determined by temperature, with males produced at around 31.6 °C 10 Used as a measure of the health of biological systems, it is “The totality of genes, species, and ecosystems of a region” 11 Grow in saline coastal habitats, and protect coastal areas from erosion, storm surge, and tsunamis 12 An area renamed on the 1 November 2007. Zulu for ‘a marvel’. 14 Ethic of resource use, allocation, and protection, especially of the natural environment 16 Completely amphibious fish, that can use their pectoral fins to walk on land 19 A mammal. Males are called ‘bulls’, females, ‘cows’ and newborns, ‘calves’ 20 Activity that is perceived to involve risky, dangerous or exciting experiences 22 Lives 50-70 years and has a gestation period, or pregnancy of 22 months. 23 A place once named by the survivors of the Portuguese ship Saint Benedict in 1554 as “Rio de la Medaos do Oura” (“River of the Dows of Gold”) 24 A small carnivore, a predator of poisonous snakes DOWN 1 Some times it feels like you just heard “Go-away!”

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3 Their horns have long been prized in Africa for use as musical instruments 4 A place (such as a forest, mountain, lake, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that is listed by UNESCO as of special cultural or physical significance 5 Panthera pardus. Believed to have emerged in Asia, with ancestors subsequently migrating into Africa 7 A group of interacting people living in a common location 8 Some african cultures fear their ability to look into the future and the past at the same time 9 Non-domesticated plant, organisms, and animals 13 Bobbing on the surface, fish googling 15 Normally an indicator of water close by, they use specific areas for their excrement. When escaping from predators, they can release a scent from their glands on their heels 17 An area of land whose soil is saturated with moisture either permanently or seasonally. 18 A “group” of interbreeding organisms 21 Accumulation of sand formed by

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