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AfriCam welcomes you to the world's first virtual game reserve.
African Bird Club
The African Bird Club provides a worldwide focus for African ornithology in order to encourage an interest in the conservation of the birds of the region.
African Herpetofaunal Biodiversity Programme
The African Herpetology Web Site -
Dedicated to the amphibians and reptiles of Africa and its islands and to the people who study them and attempt to conserve the living species and their habitats.
Images of Everything African - from Aardvarks to Zulus
Afican Wildlife Foundation
The African Wildlife Foundation, together with the people of Africa,
works to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever.
The Strandveld area of the Southern Overberg covers an area marked by Gansbaai in the west, the Bredasdorp and Napier mountains in the north, Arniston in the east and the ocean on the south. This area contains the highest concentration of limestone-endemic plants in South Africa.
Avian Demography Unit
The Avian Demography Unit (or ADU as it is mostly known in the vernacular) is a research unit of the University of Cape Town. Initially it was built on the nucleus of the South African Bird Ringing Unit (SAFRING) and the Southern African Bird Atlas Project (SABAP). The ADU was established in December 1991 and forms part of the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Cape Town.
Find out more about the Baviaanskloof Conservation Area and the
role of the Terrestrial Ecological Research Unit at the University
of Port Elizabeth in conserving this very special part of South
BIOME offers free access to a searchable catalogue of Internet sites and resources covering the health and life sciences.
Association of Southern Africa
The BAASA is a nonprofit organization with the aim of promoting and publicizing botanical art in southern Africa
Botany, Internet Directory of...
A directory of over 4000 sites pertaining to botany and
BirdLife South Africa
We are the lead organisation in South Africa for everyone interested in birds and their survival. We have 8000 members in 40 branches and affiliates throughout South Africa. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment, conservation and understanding and study of wild birds and their habitat. We have a passion for the birds. We work through people interested in birds.
Cape Nature conservation
We run national and branch programmes on conservation, education, training and awareness.
BirdLife South Africa has powerful international links. We are the Partner organisation in South Africa for BirdLife International, the world's largest voluntary organisation of nationally-based organisations, present in 103 countries worldwide.
The custodian of the Cape Floral Kingdom. The Board has a global responsibility towards the conservation of biodiversity and natural systems and ecological processes in the Cape Floral Kingdom and the conservation manager of more than 1,5 million hectares, or nine percent of the land surface of the Western Cape, one of the 11 provinces in South Africa.
Cheetah Outreach aims to increase awareness of the diminishing numbers of free ranging cheetahs in the wild and support the Cheetah Conservation Fund (Namibia) in efforts to ensure the survival of the cheetah by fundraising. Additionally, Outreach will attempt to breed cheetah in captivity and promote co-operation between captive breeding facilities in Southern Africa.
Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage
The Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage in central Zambia is a non-profit refuge that cares for a wide variety of sick, wounded or unwanted animals -- but the primary residents are over 100 orphaned chimpanzees.
CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between Governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a joint initiative of Conservation International, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank.
Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
CEPF aims to dramatically advance conservation of Earth's biodiversity hotspots by providing support to nongovernmental, community and grassroots organizations. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation.
This web site gives detailed information about the structure, role, and vision and mission of the Ministry and Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. You can also visit each of the department's five branches - Environmental Management, Marine and Coastal Management, Tourism, Biodiversity & Conservation and Corporate Affairs - or read our latest strategic plan, business plan and annual report. They also provide you with information about the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Directorate: Corporate Services.
De Wildt Cheetah Breeding Centre
A very important endangered wildlife breeding center, De Wildt Cheetah
Centre has been tremendously successful with nearly 500 cheetah cubs
births in 30 years.The center has now widened its conservation focus to include other rare and
endangered animal species such as wild dog, brown hyena, serval, suni
antelope, blue and red duiker, bontebok, riverine rabbit and vultures -
including the very rare Egyptian vulture. Many of these have been
successfully bred for later reintroduction into the wild, thus helping to
repopulate areas where such species have disappeared or are no longer
Elephant Management and Owners Association
A unique organization which promotes and monitors conservation, protection
and welfare of the African Elephant. EMOA acts as a regional consultant to
elephant owners while promoting research, technology transfer and data
management on elephants. Additionally EMOA acts as the link between
private owners, national and international conservation agencies, NGO's
and other organizations involved in elephant conservation.
Endangered Wildlife Trust
One of the most important and active environmental and conservation action
groups in Africa, the EWT is dedicated to the task of conserving the
diversity of plant and animal species in Southern Africa. The Trust seeks
to achieve its mission by conducting a program of research, awareness and
Grassland Society of Southern Africa
The GSSA is an independent society with a multidisciplinary base
interacting between environmental, economic and agricultural sciences.
Members are concerned with the science and practice of range and pasture
management. This broad field involves primarily the use and conservation
of natural resources. It encompasses extensive fields such as livestock
production, wildlife management, nature conservation, water catchment
management and range and mine dump rehabilitation.
As a global organisation, Greenpeace focuses on the the most crucial worldwide threats to our planet's biodiversity and environment.
Hoedspruit Research and Breeding
Centre for Endangered Species
The center is located on 100 hectares of private reserve in the Northern
province of South Africa. Initially a cheetah breeding project, the
operation has expanded to include other endangered African mammal and bird
species (Wild dog, vultures and ground hornbill) with a view to returning
them to the wild upon reaching viable numbers.
The Honey badger or ratel is a tenacious small carnivore that has a reputation for being, pound for pound, Africa's most fearless animal despite its small size. It is even listed as the "most fearless animal in the world" in the 2002 Guinness Book of Records. Tales of their fondness for honey and the foraging association between the Greater Honeyguide and honey badgers have reached almost legendary proportions.
of Natural Resources
The Institute of Natural Resources is a South African-based
independent, non-profit, non-government organization and an Associate
Institute of the University of Natal. The Institute was established in
1980 to contribute towards the wise use of natural resources through the
integration of conservation and development initiatives.
IUCN is a unique Union. Its members from some 140 countries include over 70 States, 100 government agencies, and 750-plus NGOs. More than 10,000 internationally-recognised scientists and experts from more than 180 countries volunteer their services to its six global commissions. Its 1000 staff members in offices around the world are working on some 500 projects.
For more than 50 years this ‘Green Web’ of partnerships has generated environmental conventions, global standards, scientific knowledge and innovative leadership.
Kalahari Raptor Center
Situated on 600 hectares of private reserve in the Northern Cape, the
center is a care facility for injured and orphaned birds of prey and small
Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve Primate Conservation Program
The primary focus of this project is on the conservation of the baboon troops which move through the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve.
An internationally acclaimed organization for its success in bringing the
white rhino back from the brink of extinction and the formation of the
Greater St Lucia Wetland Park as a World Heritage Site. The NCS are the
forerunners of successful private conservation initiatives and traditional
community involvement in the business of conservation and tourism.
Approximately a third of KZN is under some form of private conservation.
Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Project
The Project addresses the conservation problems of the Maloti-Drakensberg
Mountains, a 300 kilometer-long area along the southern, eastern and
northern borders of the landlocked mountain Kingdom of Lesotho and the
Republic of South Africa.
Meerkatmagic is a unique project in the world, where visitors can experience the magic of total trust and acceptance from ethically habituated wildlife. Meerkatmagic allows visitors to gain an incredible unbiased view into the secretive hidden lives of shy animals. Visitors are given the opportunity to walk among wildlife, a privilege not possible without specific habituation techniques being used.
Gardens of South Africa
This provides links to all eight national gardens in South
A national institute that has jurisdiction over eight botanical
gardens countrywide and research directorate that covers
taxonomy/systematics, ecology, desertification, climate change,
Overberg Crane Group
It is really unique that a species that was listed as highly endangered on th international Red Data list
could increase its numbers an a man made habitat. This says a lot for the Western Cape farming community.
The site for information about plants native to southern Africa and related topics.
South African Plant Pictures
This project is an attempt by a group of dedicated people in South Africa
to bring back an animal from extinction and reintroduce it into reserves
in its former habitat.
African National Parks -- official site
Visit this site for all the official information about South
The aim of the SABIRDNET listserver is to promote communication between individuals and groups who share a common interest in WILD birds. Please send in all sightings of rarities and even that enjoyable birding trip that you have just been on.
Science in Africa
Science is alive in Africa. From Cape to Cairo, scientists in a broad range of fields will be reporting on their research, giving their expert views on topical issues in science and providing the right information to an African public seeking a deeper understanding of science and of the dynamic role it plays in everyone's lives.
Botanical Network - SABONET
This site describes the Southern African Botanical Network
hosted by the National Botanical Institute, Pretoria
SANCCOB, a non profit organisation based in Cape Town, South Africa, cares for indigenous injured, ill and oiled seabirds.
South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research
SANCOR is a non-statutory body that generates and communicates knowledge
and advice. It promotes the wise and informed use and management of marine
and coastal resources and environments.
South African White Shark Research Institute
A non-profit organization dedicated to the research of the world’s
greatest predator, and the preservation of its environment.
The African Conservation Foundation
This portal provides in-depth information from our project network as well as conservation databases, interactive knowledge base & discussion forums and many other resources. Please help us to further conservation efforts on the ground in Africa.
Botanical Society of South Africa
Southern Africa has a remarkable flora that is not only diverse but supports life in the many and varied ecosystems on the African subcontinent. The Botanical Society of South Africa is committed to conservation of this rich floral heritage by promoting the awareness of this resource and by supporting the National Botanical Gardens of South Africa.
The Enkosini Wildlife Sanctuary
The Enkosini Wildlife Sanctuary was formed to protect and preserve Africa’s wildlife and habitat. Enkosini provides a solution to mankind’s relentless push into the last remaining wild places of Africa and supplements the increasingly under-funded, and often inadequate, efforts of African governments to ensure the health, safety and survival of the animals in their charge.
The Protea Atlas
This web site is dedicated to the family Proteaceae in Southern Africa.
National Zoological Gardens of South Africa
The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa in Pretoria is not just a place where animals are housed: it is a sanctuary for many endangered species of birds and animals.
The list is near endless: Golden lion tamarin, Lowland gorilla, orangutan, various lemur species, gaint eland, Arabian oryx, addra gazalle, Mhorr gazelle, maned wolves, two-toed sloths and countless others.
The Wilderness Foundation
The Wilderness Foundation (SA) is WILD's sister organization in South Africa. Founded by Dr Ian Player in 1972, the Wilderness Foundation (SA) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) working in Southern Africa to protect and sustain wilderness, wildlife and wildlands, to provide environmental education, experience and training to all contemporary and indigenous communities, and to further human understanding and cooperation for the conservation of wild habitats.
A sanctuary for Vervet monkeys that provides rehabilitation to injured
animals as well as education to the community.
Vogelgat Nature Reserve
The reserve constitutes 600 ha in extent, with 35km of breath-taking hiking trails, vistas of Walker Bay and Kleinmond, waterfalls, plunge pools, majestic gorges and awesome Cape Fold Mountains.
White Shark Trust
Over 900 plant species have their home in Vogelgat, 17 of them threatened. The fynbos is always filled with plants displaying their attractive forms throughout the year.
Established in 2002, the White Shark Trust conducts and supports research and conservation projects on the endangered Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias).
White Sharks have been protected in several key regions around the world: South Africa (April 1991), Namibia, Maldives, the United States of America, Australia and Malta. These conservation plans were not based on scientific evidence about the White Shark population, but mostly on the observed decline in the number of large sharks caught by fishermen. At present, our knowledge about these sharks is not sufficient to determine the status of the species, and studies must be conducted in order to gather enough valid scientific information about the White Shark population and biology.
The Wildlife Action Group Trust (W.A.G.) was founded in July 1999 by a
group of ordinary concerned citizens following the exposé of the now
infamous Tuli Elephant Saga and subsequent protests.
World Wide Fund for Nature -
Since it was founded in 1961, WWF has become one of the world's largest and most effective independent organizations dedicated to the conservation of nature. It has reached this status through a constant record of conservation achievements.
WESSA - the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa
Founded in 1926, the Wildlife and Environment Society of SA is South Africa's oldest and largest non-government membership-based environmental organisation. WESSA maintains a watchful eye on the South African environment through it's extensive network of Regional Offices, Branches (volunteer groups acting for their communities), Friends Groups (groups of people who have banded together to conserve natural areas) and Environmental Clubs.
Wildwatch is an online publication created by CC Africa (Conservation Corporation Africa), one of Africa's most comprehensive eco-tourism companies. CC Africa is committed to making a significant contribution to the long-term conservation of wildlife on the continent through sustainable ecotourism which benefits local communities, cooperation with established organisations, and effective communication.