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Natural Environment

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1. General
Environmental Potential Atlas for South Africa

The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism will release the ENPAT 2001, which is the updated version, during July 2001 through contract with the University of Pretoria . ENPAT is used by the national DEAT and various provincial environmental management departments as a decision-making tool in the process of environmental impact assessments. ENPAT has improved exponentially during the past six years.

SABC 50/50 - Environment news and interest

South Africa Environmental Websites


Environmental education.
Zeekoevlei Environmental Education Programme

Summary of primary objectives
1.To provide quality, affordable Environmental Education Programmes to youths from all communities in the Cape Metropolitan Area.
2. To help primary and high schools meet their Outcome Based Education needs in Human & Social Sciences, Life Orientation and Natural Science.
3. To encourage youth to become personally involved in environmental and conservation issues.
4. To develop alternative strategies for long term sustainability in environmental education.
5. To provide an opportunity for personal and social development.

Environment South Africa - www forum

Environment South Africa - NEWS - FORUMS - ARTICLES - LEGISLATION

Indigenous reptiles of South Africa
Photos by Trevor Hardacker

As an avid birder living in Cape Town in South Africa, with some good pictures of local South African reptiles.

Reptiles of the Southern Cape - Alphabetical Family List

Alphabetical Family List

SCARCE website - Cape Snakes

Species occurring in the GCBC: Berg Adder , Many-horned Adder, Puff Adder, Red Adder , Boomslang , Common Eggeater , Common Slugeater , Coral Snake , Herald Snake, Red-lipped Snake , Spotted Harlequin Snake , Brown House Snake , Delalande's Blind Snake , Mole Snake , Spotted Skaapsteker , Karoo Sand Snake , Namib Sand Snake , Cross-marked Sand Snake , Sundevall's Shovelsnout , Cape Cobra , Black Spitting Cobra , Brown Water Snake , Slender Thread Snake , Spotted House Snake, Beetz's Tiger Snake , Horned Adder or Single Horned Adder

Snakes in Cederberg Area - By Cape Nature

Other snake species which may occur in the GCBC, Delalande’s Blind Snake, Molesnake, Spotted Skaapsteker, Karoo Sand Snake, Namib Sand Snake, Cross-marked Sand Snake, Sundevall's Shovelsnout, Cape Cobra, Black Spitting Cobra, Brown Water Snake, Slender Thread Snake, Spotted house snake, Brown House Snake, Spotted Harlequin Snake, Herald snake, Coral snake, Common slugeater, Common Eggeater, Boomslang, Red adder, Pufadder, Many-horned adder, Berg Adder, Getting to know the Cederberg's snakes,

Snakes of SA

Many people in South Africa are scared of snakes, because of all the native traditions and beliefs that has been handed over to the modern day people. Snakes are sometimes believed to be evil and are often killed by people that don't know how important they are to our ecosystem.

South African (Tony Smith)

Hi and welcome to South African Snakes. My name is Tony Smith. At one time I kept 197 venomous snakes including Cape Cobras, Boomslangs, Rinkhals and many types of adders such as Puff Adder and Gaboon Vipers. I have travelled and worked all over Africa, Uganda, Mozambique, Botswana and Zambia and have observed & photographed many snakes in their natural environment

Southern Africa's Tortoise Clan

By Karl H. Switak
No other region on earth houses a greater diversity of tortoises than the subcontinent of Africa. This area includes the countries of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and the Republic of South Africa. Found here are five genera and 14 species.

Séan Thomas (new Website) (Cape Snakes)

Please also note that here at Capesnakes, we promote CONSERVATION of reptiles, and therefore will NOT post advertisements for the buying and selling of reptiles. Please, if you have something to offer this site, contact us. If you have ANY permit questions or legality issues, please contact you local conservation authority.

Séan Thomas (old Website)

I am an amateur herpetologist and self-confessed reptile conservationist based in Glencairn, Western Cape, South Africa. I have been involved with reptiles for more than 22 years and my experience encompasses most of the indigenous Southern African reptiles. My main field of interest is the African Elapids as well as dwarf Bitis species.

Tortoise Species - more links

Our presentation of links that relate to Tortoises that we have dealt with in terms of- Natural Habitat, Captive care(care sheets), Breeders, Pictures, More information, Other information and Taxonomy.

Tortoise Species by Dewsbury Crafts

[ Home ] [ Spekes Hinged Tortoise ] [ Bells Hinged Tortoise ] [ Lobatse Hinged Tortoise ] [ Leopard Tortoise ] [ Serrated Tent Tortoise ]

Transvaal Museum - South African Snakes


Ultimate Field Guide of Southern African Snakes

The Ultimate Field Guide for common Southern African Snakes is a scientific breakthrough in species identification. • The Ultimate Field Guide for your PC • The Version for your PDA (CDROM only)

World of Johan Marais

The World of Johan Marais - A world of Snakes, Reptiles, Field Trips & Friends
Johan has indeed been an active contributor to reptile conservation. He is a member of the Crocodile Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, chairman of SARCA (South African Reptile Conservation Assessment) and a member of the Herpetological Association of Africa. Together with the Avian Demography Unit of the University of Cape Town and various other herpetologists, he is involved with a four year project that aims to reassess the conservation status of all of our reptiles in Southern Africa .

Organisations in South Africa
African Herpetology Website

Please Note: does not collect funds or run projects but has the aim of facilitating contact between volunteers, research or conservation workers, donors and project organisers in order to promote the interests of conservation and research involving the herpetofauna of Africa.

Biodiversity Foundation For Africa

The BFA is committed to conserving Afrotropical biodiversity through the improvement of scientific knowledge and its incorporation in the planning process.

Blouberg Conservation Project

The Blouberg Conservation Project strives to contribute towards the protection and conservation of the environment, ecosystems, biodiversity and endangered species of the Blouberg Mountain and surrounding areas through environmental education programmes and the implementation and maintenance of community-based conservation projects that benefit these communities, together with the collating of information gathered through associated research.

Criminological Research Centre for Wildlife

Where the Social Scientist, Criminologist, Psychologist, Sociologist, Victimologist, Anthropologist, Conservationist, Educator, Law Enforcer, Legal Practitioner, Prosecutor, Judge, Ecologist, Scientist, Theologian, Businessmen, Manager, Politician and every responsible Earthling meet in this cyber space contributing towards responsible human behaviour

DST Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology

Our research spans all biomes in South Africa, including Marion Island, and is also geared to understanding invasions elsewhere in Africa. We investigate how biological diversity is altered by invasive plants and animals, and the effects these have on the functioning of ecosystems and the services they deliver. Through our research, we are in a position to make scientific information available to assist policy makers and managers with rational decision-making options regarding invasive alien species.

Gouritz Initiative

The GI aims to ensure the co-ordination of conservation activities that were taking place in the Gouritz river corridor and the Central Little Karoo. It is essential that landowners and landusers of this area take responsibility for correct management and utilisation of valuable resources in this amazing region.

IUCN South Africa

Welcome to the World Conservation Union in South Africa (IUCN-SA) IUCN-SA is a Country Office of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), representing the Global Secretariat in South Africa. Our office forms part of IUCN’s Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA), based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

National Spatial Biodiversity Assessment (NSBA)

South Africa's first National Spatial Biodiversity Assessment (NSBA), was commissioned by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT), and led by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). The NSBA is the first ever comprehensive spatial assessment of biodiversity throughout the country. It has four components dealing with the terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and marine environments.

Overstrand Conservation Foundation ( & more links)

Welcome to the Overstrand Conservation Foundation (OCF) website! It's brand new and still under construction, so please be patient as we prepare to turn on a whole range of functions that we hope you will find useful.

SA Herpetological Research & Rescue (SAHRR)

Welcome to the South African Herpetological Research and Rescue interest group. As our motto says, our aim is to educate the public and ourselves through participation. With our well organised outings we aim to assist other organisations with an open book attitude to conserve our indigenous reptile heritage. Our organisation aims to do whatever possible through legal channels to serve and protect our reptiles. As each of our provinces have their own local conservational laws, we aim to have a wing of the SAHRR in each province.

SA National Wetland Inventory

Recognizing the ecological, social and economic importance of wetlands, as well as their threatened status in South Africa, the Wetlands Conservation Programme of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has committed itself to setting up a national wetland inventory. The project aims to:
identify where wetlands are, and which are the priority sites for conservation;
identify the functions and values of each wetland site, including ecological, social and cultural values;
establish a baseline for measuring future change in wetland area, function and values;
assist in establishing monitoring programmes;
provide a tool for planning and management at all levels; and permit comparisons and information sharing at all levels (local, national and international).

SA Reptile Conservation Assessment ( SARCA)

This website is intended for everyone interested in reptiles and amphibians. It is also the primary means of communication with all participants in SARCA (Southern African Reptile Conservation Assessment).

Soutpansberg Web Site (natural history and its conservation)

This site is intended as a portal to information pertaining to the Soutpansberg's natural history and its conservation. We hope your visit to this site will be an informative one. As the site is still in its design stages we hope everything will be smooth going. Contributions are welkomed!

Vertebrate Functional Biology Group

The Vertebrate Functional Biology Group aims at generating baseline biological data on the lower vertebrates of southern Africa. This information will allow effective management of the environment and conservation of lower vertebrate diversity.

Wildlife & Enviroment Soc. of SA (WESSA)

WESSA is one of the leading environmental organisations in South Africa and our mission is to promote public participation in caring for the Earth. WESSA has adopted an holistic approach to environmental issues and is involved in a wide range of projects and initiatives. Please explore our website and find out how you can get involved in caring for the Earth

Wildlife & Enviroment Soc. of SA - Western Cape

WESSA Western Cape (The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa, Western Cape Region) is one of the nine regional offices of WESSA, an independent environmental NGO that was founded over 80 years ago.

Organisations in South Africa Zandvlei Trust - Western Cape - reptiles of ...

The Trust aims to conserve the indigenous fauna and flora of the Zandvlei and to enhance this natural resource for the benefit of all since 1988.

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