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Jess Shillaw


Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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on Why Fungi are More Fascinating Than You Think

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Ian McLaren

Very interesting reading, Jess. I have been helping my son set up his oyster mushroom farm. He and some colleagues are also looking into the best use of mycelium in the building industry. Thank you. Happy Easter.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Thank you for the interesting blog on mushrooms. Fascinating forms of life.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Jess, thanks for continuing my education about nature and the natural world around me. Mushrooms are one of my favorite foods. Thanks for sharing.

Willa Stanger
Senior Digital Ranger

Special feature. Thank you, Jess. Is that a Roxy drawing?

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Hi Jess… wonderful blog, fantastic! Both photos and text. I recently read a study published by Royal Society Open Science on the incredible communication of these creatures and the complexity of their language, apparently similar to ours, with 50 different meaning identified. No surprise they are so precious and, to put it simple, are the engines of life. Pictures seem to come from another world… Great

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Thanks Jess, a fascinating article

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

So interesting to hear about all the mushrooms and fungus. Hope you all at Londolozi have a wonderful Easter weekend.

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

A very interesting blog Jess. I actually like looking at fungi and love mushrooms of all kinds. Thanks for sharing. Wishing all at Londolozi a very Happy Easter.

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

I absolutely loved the documentary on Netflix called Fantastic Fungi. It really emphasized how connected we all are. Such a fascinating topic.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Thanks Jess for a super interesting read into mushrooms. We spent hours collecting a wonderful variety of edible fungi in the forests of Palma de Mallorca this last December and feasted on them at Christmas. However at home in Malta I do have an Olive tree that has died on one side and naturally is being enjoyed by a host of mushrooms. My only worry is that their root system will spread to the living side of the tree! If anyone reading this has suggestions as to whether this may occur and if so, what I can do to stop them encroaching on the living roots, their advice would be most welcome! Fabulous photos !!

Denise Vouri
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Thank you for this fascinating and informative article about mushrooms, and especially all that grow naturally in Londolozi.

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