Janine von Zeuner, Doornrandje
Every year, when the big rains come, it breaks my heart to see literally hundreds of bullfrogs squashed on the roads by uncaring or unknowing drivers. The R511 past Diepsloot is a lethal area for bullfrogs coming out of the wetlands to the east of the road. I saw the Carte Blanche programme featuring the Noordhoek residents' efforts to protect their bullfrogs - we desperately need such an initiative here. I appeal to everyone to take more care during the few days when the bullfrogs are moving - keep a look-out and slow down.
Petro Lemmer, Pienaarspoort
I'd like to comment on the letter from Rita van Dyk of Hennops River in the September VeldTalk (No 53) about spotting vervet monkeys without hands or feet.
We also often see vervet monkeys sans hand or foot in the Pienaarspoort and Donkerhoek area. We called in the help of the Vervet Monkey Foundation, who inspected the carcass of such a monkey and in turn put us in touch with the WWF. Their verdict? The high tension wires running from the Eskom lines to the transformers. Trees standing close to transformers form part of the playground for especially young monkeys. When they jump and grab hold of these wires, their hands and sometimes feet become instantly charred and often break off. We have seen one such poor creature walking on its elbows and knees, plaintively crying and trying to keep up with the rest of the troop. Come on folks - cut down the trees around your transformer and save some vervet monkeys from terrible suffering.
For more info contact the Vervet Monkey Foundation: Tel 012 205 1206 or cell 082 458 6265.
Ivan Lätti, Hartebeestfontein Conservancy
Thanks for VeldTalk. It is a pleasure when it arrives. I was looking at the nature of lichen that is so common on our rocks and trees. It is not always only an algae that joins up with the fungus to form a new lichen, but sometimes cyanobacteria. And they have mated with 20% of the fungi species on earth to create 15 000 or so lichen species from very long ago. Indeed interesting little guys in the evolution of life on earth. A little of this is used on the site that I do - www.operationwildflower.org.za - in the Habitats Album.
Dorothea Pienaar, Nieu-Seeland
Wanneer die verlange na my hartsland te veel word, grawe ek my in die lekkerkry van VeldTalk. Ek hou elke liewe een wat ek kry!
Ek word volgende jaar hoof van 'n skooltjie vir kinders van Jaar 1 - 8. Dis 'n skooltjie met 'n spesiale karakter op 'n plaas, waar elke kind op sy eie tempo leer en waar ons ook organiese tuine het. Toe ek die nuutste VeldTalk kry, spring daar 'n idee in my kop. Hoekom organiseer ons nie tussen ons en julle 'n trippie na Suid-Afrika nie, na Rhenosterspruit - een propvol natuurervarings vir ons kinders? Ons kan praat oor hoe, en ek kan die ouers nader. Dit sal mos baie besonders wees!
(Red. Dit klink blink! Julle is meer as welkom.)