"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." Dalai Lama

Endangered Species and Habitats

Say “No!” to the quill trade

Many years ago, the writer and wilderness advocate Laurens van der Post wrote poignantly that “We have to become once again not only the voice and the reason of this wounded earth of ours, but also its healer and defender…” and through these words, encapsulated an urgent environmental issue of our time.

Disease threatens mass
extinction of frogs

Scientists fear the largest mass extinction since the disappearance of the dinosaurs because of a deadly disease which is sweeping through populations of frogs, toads, newts, salamanders and caecilians across the globe. Amphibians have thrived for hundreds of millions of years but as many as half of all species could perish unless a solution is found.

Japan drops humpback whale hunt

A controversial Japanese mission to hunt humpback whales in the Antarctic has been temporarily abandoned, a top government official says.

Mass deaths of rare croc in India

At least 21 endangered crocodile-like gharials have been found dead over the past three days in a river in northern India, wildlife officials say.

Japan sets out on Whale Hunt

Japanese whalers set out today on a quest to hunt more than 1000 whales, including 50 endangered humpback whales.

Swimming with dolphins at Ponta do Ouro

I found the “Save Our Seas” and “Fishing For Fun” articles in Issue 1 of Biophile particularly intersting, as I have seen, first-hand, the slaughter and uncaring (or should I say total unconsciousness) of recreational fisherman here in Ponta do Ouro.

All for the sake of a tuna steak

Sea turtles have inhabited the Earth for over 100 million years. Now, as a result of harmful fishing practices, these gentle ocean dwellers may only have 10 years left.

One Year to save the Amazon

Time is running out for the Amazon rainforest.
And the fate of the ‘lungs of the world’ will take your breath away.

South Africa’s wine industry: a horror story

Our wine industry is responsible not only for the dreadful consequences of the ‘dop system’ but also for the massacre of a wide variety of animals, insects and reptiles which are killed, mashed up and their blood spilled into the wine.

Special Feature: Save Our Seas!

Covering more than two-thirds of the Earth’s surface, the oceans were once thought to be an inexhaustible resource, too vast to be damaged by the actions of humans. We now know differently.

Threatened by the Sounds of War

A spotlight has recently been shone on the South African Navy’s underwater explosions in False Bay during the peak of the whale season. The Navy believes that the official Southern Right whale season runs from August to November but recent studies show that it is somewhat longer than this.


Cover of Issue 28

Issue 29 of Biophile is going electronic and will be available soon. It will also be available to our international readers. Stay tuned or contact us for more details! find out more


I was just checking the website of the SEXPO which has just visited SA, this is what the Cape Town site says. . . . “The world’s largest Health, Sexuality and Lifestyle expo is coming back to Slaapstad and it’s bigger and sexier than ever! continue reading


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