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Read­ing the caves: learn­ing about South Africa’s his­to­ry through rock art

Prof. David Lewis-Williams is one of the world’s fore­most experts on rock art. We asked him what cave paint­ings tell us about South Africa’s heritage.


Get in touch with South Africa’s her­itage (sites)

South Africa has the sec­ond-high­est num­ber of World Her­itage Sites on the African con­ti­nent. Find out what they are and where they are, and start mak­ing plans to vis­it them. Unesco is offer­ing a great prize for the best picture.


Foot­print fos­sils sug­gest lizards have been run­ning on two feet for 110m years

Fos­sil bones and skele­tons tend to get most of the atten­tion in palaeon­tol­ogy, but some­times we can learn more about extinct life from the foot­prints long-extinct ani­mals left behind. That’s the case in new research that claims to have found 110m-year-old track­ways of lizards run­ning on two feet (bipedal­ly).


Sup­port for storm-hit Ori­ent Hills

Monday’s mas­sive storm dev­as­tat­ed the com­mu­ni­ty of the Ori­ent Hills infor­mal set­tle­ment in Krugers­dorp. If you’d like to offer sup­port to the affect­ed fam­i­lies, we’ve set up a col­lec­tion point at the Maropeng Vis­i­tor Centre.

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Save the date: Maropeng hosts free pub­lic talks on 26 August

We’ll be launch­ing a series of free pub­lic lec­tures at Maropeng dur­ing the upcom­ing Mag­a­lies Rocks the Cra­dle fes­ti­val. The inau­gur­al event of the Maropeng Talks Series will fea­ture a lead­ing South African cli­ma­tol­o­gist, a mil­i­tary-his­to­ry expert and a promi­nent environmentalist.


Five ways to care for our plan­et this holiday

This time of year is filled with excite­ment and Har­ry, Maropeng’s spokesho­minid, is excit­ed too about all the ways we can care for our plan­et over the holiday.


Look­ing after space­ship #Earth

The world will be mark­ing Earth Day on 22 April. We delve into the ori­gins of the com­mem­o­ra­tion, which is becom­ing ever more relevant.

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UN pan­el: time is run­ning out to tack­le cli­mate change

The loom­ing threat of cli­mate change has been on the radar of world gov­ern­ments for years, but, the lat­est report by the Inter­gov­ern­men­tal Pan­el on Cli­mate Change has found that extreme­ly slow progress in tack­ling pol­lu­tion means that human­i­ty is run­ning out of options to curb the poten­tial­ly cat­a­stroph­ic effects of glob­al warming.

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Earth is into its sixth mass extinc­tion, say scientists

It is gen­er­al­ly accept­ed in the sci­en­tif­ic com­mu­ni­ty that our plan­et has expe­ri­enced at least five mass extinc­tions since life began, and that the sixth has already begun.
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Maropeng plants food gar­den at Maloney’s Eye School

Locat­ed in the Cra­dle of Humankind World Her­itage Site, Maloney’s Eye Pri­ma­ry is where over 300 chil­dren from pover­ty-strick­en back­grounds come to learn, despite fac­ing almost insur­mount­able social challenges.
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April 22, 2014: Maropeng cel­e­brates World Earth Day

At Maropeng we take envi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion very seri­ous­ly. Our Earth is pre­cious and del­i­cate, and it’s the only home we have. On April 22 every year we cel­e­brate World Earth Day by reflect­ing on the many ways we con­tribute to a clean­er, green­er, more sus­tain­able planet.
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Make a promise for #Earth­HourZA

Maropeng is join­ing the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) in call­ing on indi­vid­u­als, busi­ness­es and organ­i­sa­tions to make a promise to hon­our the Earth for Earth Hour this Saturday.


Jane Goodall spreads mes­sage of hope on eve of her 80th birthday

When pri­ma­tol­o­gist and activist Jane Goodall was four-and-a-half years old, she car­ried out her first sci­en­tif­ic exper­i­ment. While vis­it­ing a farm from Lon­don, it was her job to col­lect the eggs, but some­thing puz­zled her: How did the egg get out of the chicken?

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Shar­ing the fos­sil wealth of the Karoo trail

Look­ing at the semi-desert Karoo land­scape of today, it’s hard to believe that it was once a lux­u­ri­ant flood­plain abound­ing in pre­his­toric life.

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Eco-friend­ly fun for kids this holiday

The win­ter school hol­i­days are upon us! By now you’ve no doubt ticked off most items on your list of things to do and see with the kids, and very near­ly exhaust­ed your hol­i­day budget.

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Maropeng rais­es pop­u­la­tion issues this World Pop­u­la­tion Day

World Pop­u­la­tion Day, observed annu­al­ly on 11 July, is an event that seeks to raise aware­ness of glob­al pop­u­la­tion issues.

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Tiny fos­sil pri­mate shakes evo­lu­tion­ary tree

Sci­en­tists have announced the dis­cov­ery of the world’s old­est known fos­sil pri­mate, a 55-mil­lion-year-old crea­ture called Archice­bus achilles, which shows changes that hap­pened at a cru­cial branch in our evo­lu­tion­ary tree.

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What Water Week 2013 means at Maropeng

Water Day on 22 March and Nation­al Riv­er Day on 25 March are designed to raise aware­ness of the immea­sur­able val­ue of Earth’s life-giv­ing liq­uid resource. What is Maropeng doing to help grow aware­ness of water con­ser­va­tion and preservation? 

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World Water Day 2013 – Inter­na­tion­al Year of Water Co-operation

In Decem­ber 2010, the Unit­ed Nations Gen­er­al Assem­bly declared 2013 as the Unit­ed Nations Inter­na­tion­al Year of Water Co-oper­a­tion. This year’s World Water Day, which will take place on 22 March, will also be ded­i­cat­ed to water co-operation. 

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Maropeng cel­e­brates World Envi­ron­ment Day

Maropeng is look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing World Envi­ron­ment Day on Tues­day, June 5

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UNISA stu­dents learn about nature con­ser­va­tion at Maropeng

This week at the Cra­dle of Humankind, 80 UNISA stu­dents are get­ting hands their hands dirty learn­ing about the nat­ur­al environment. 

Earth Hour 2012 Is In Your Hands

Earth Hour 2012 and inno­v­a­tive ways to green your planet

On Sat­ur­day, March 31, peo­ple across the world will switch off their lights for an hour from 20h30, to mark Earth Hour 2012


Con­serv­ing water in the Cra­dle of Humankind

Con­serv­ing water resources is a major pri­or­i­ty for the Maropeng Vis­i­tor Cen­tre in the Cra­dle of Humankind, Gauteng’s only World Her­itage Site. 

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Maropeng award­ed gold her­itage sta­tus for going green

Maropeng, the offi­cial vis­i­tor cen­tre of the Cra­dle of Humankind, has been award­ed a gold cer­tifi­cate of mem­ber­ship by the Her­itage Envi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Com­pa­ny for its com­mit­ment to sus­tain­able busi­ness practices.