Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife have a project where they are eradicating invasive alien species in all of their parks. Alien plants are being removed and replaced with indigenous plants. Seedling of indigenous plants are being grown at Hillside Nature Reserve and will be distributed to all the reserves at Ukhahlamba. KZN Museum has been asked to provide expertise on earthworms and snails that might be at the nursery in order to prevent transporting, if present, the alien earthworms or snails to other reserves. The survey will also look into all the reserves to get records of what species are already present. The Hillside Nature Reserve was the first stop and alien earthworms and snails were recorded. The survey in other reserves will resume again in the next rainy season.

Photo: KZN Museum staff doing a survey at Hillside nursery

 

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As part of Enviro Reach Outreach Education the KZN Museum’s Education Department have produced teaching materials for grades 10-12 (Life Science). The visual teaching aids that the KZN Museum produced for Life Science complements the CAPS syllabus, in order for the learners to grasp concepts easily. The overarching goal is to stimulate thinking processes, improve conceptualisation ensuring that learners achieve better grades in in this subject.

The sections covered include:

Grade 12 – Human response to the environment (sense organs) – the structure of the eye

Grade 11- Life processes in plants and animals (photosynthesis)- the structure of the chloroplast

Grade 11 – Life processes in plants and animals (animal nutrition) – the food web

Grade 10 – Life at a molecular, tissue and cellular level (organs) – the structure of the leaf

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The KZN Museum held its annual Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day recently. This year the initiative is an outreach one, with 30 learners, both boys and girls, under the theme #MoreThanADay.
The focus for workshop 1 was on advancing gender equality amid the Covid-19 crisis as well as exposing and empowering young people to continue with their studies by providing them with information regarding careers and workplace experience.
The Isiqalo Youth Development also participated in the event as guest speakers - Mr Ntokozo Tono (who is currently studying towards his Masters of Social Science) and Mr Thobani Zondi (who is currently studying towards his Master of Law) motivated and encouraged the learners.
Information packs were disseminated to the learners as well as links to the Cell C website (online test and tools to assist with studies) as well as careers within the museum environment.
Workshop 2 will be in July as an outreach initiative and the final workshop will be held at the KZN Museum in August, where learners will receive their certificates of participation.
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Atylotus albipalpusHorse flies, also known as deer flies or clegs, are haematophagous flies that feed on blood of mammals, bird and even reptiles.  They have a very sore bite and if you’ve ever been bitten by one, you know all about it.  The females are the ones that bite because they need protein to develop their eggs.  They spread diseases including bacterial, viral and protozoan pathogens.  In order to know what species of horse flies are spreading particular pathogens, we need to be able to identify the species correctly. 

This is very challenging in the horse flies in southern Africa because the most complete identification keys for horse flies were published in the 1950’s.  Since then new species have been discovered and new technologies like DNA sequencing have been developed.

Dr Williams, from the Natural Science Department is working on a project with Dr Loki Snyman from the Durban Natural Science Museum to provide updated diagnoses of horse flies commonly found in South Africa and to provide good quality photos of the species for easier identification.

This requires field work to collect specimens and sequencing of the DNA to do phylogenetic analyses to determine how the different species are related to each other.  This will provide valuable information for future studies on the pathogens the species may transmit.

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