Staff from the Natural Science Department joined staff and students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal for a bioblitz of the Ubombo Mountain Reserve from 9 – 12 October. The purpose of these bioblitz trips is to get a group of specialists together to do surveys of the fauna and flora of particular reserves to provide a species list for that reserve. The information provided will be fed into management plans for the reserves. The KZN Museum's Entomology department was represented by Dr Kirstin Williams and Tricia Pillay who targeted flying insects. Dr Thembeka Nxele and Matabaro Ziganira were looking for earthworms and Dr Igor Muratov collected shells and snails. It was very dry and dusty but despite this, the entomology team caught about 1000 specimens – mostly flies and wasps. The earthworms were few and far between and the team only got 3 specimens. Snail shells were found in huge numbers and it turned out to be a very successful trip for Dr Muratov. All the specimens we collected will be added to the museum collections.
Nelson Mandela Month. In July, South Africa celebrates former president Nelson Mandela's birthday. 18 July has been declared Nelson Mandela International Day, but as South Africans we embrace the chance to celebrate Nelson Mandela's life for the whole of July