Jonathan Livingston Seagull, written by American author Richard Bach and illustrated by Russell Munson, is a fable in novella form about a seagull who is trying to learn about life and flight, and a homily about self-perfection. Bach wrote it as a series of short stories that were published in Flying magazine in the late 1960s. It was first published in book form in 1970, and by the end of 1972 over a million copies were in print.
As their name would suggest, the Southern Tree Agama is a mainly arboreal lizard, coming to the ground only to move from one tree to another and to feed on ground-living insects. They inhabit open savanna landscapes, especially those dominated by thorn and miombo trees, and feed on ants, termites, caterpillars, grasshoppers, beetles, and other invertebrates. Adults grow to between 12 and 15cm long, excluding the tail. Breeding males are very colorful and not nearly as well camouflaged as the females, non-breeding males, and young.
Across Africa are only a handful of sheltered, remote pockets of Afromontane forest; all that remains of huge tracts of the ancient forest that covered large parts of the continent. On the Garden Route is one such forest. Knysna Forest, in some places so dense it borders on impenetrable, is a marvelous mix of ancient trees, both local and exotic. Tree ferns, creepers, flowers, and the elusive Knysna lourie, its call heard more often than it is seen, are also part of the forest.