Dozens of birds and bats perish in extreme heat in KZN

When field rangers at the Phongolo Nature Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal told Ferdi Myburgh of the dead birds they had encountered while out on patrol, he and his team started putting “two and two together”.

The previous day, 8 November, had been sweltering, reaching an unusual 40°C by 10 am, topping 45°C by noon — and cooling only at sunset.

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Sheree Bega
Sheree Bega is an environment reporter at the Mail & Guardian.

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