This lecture is an introduction to the mammals of South Africa. Different formats of this lecture is possible; choose between an overview or more specified presentations of groups of mammals, e.g. small mammals, carnivores, large mammals, etc.
Because of South Africa's large number of birds, including many endemic species, birding is a very popular hobby. In this lecture we teach students where some of the best birding spots are and help them to identify South Africa's diverse avian fauna.
Even in the age of modern medicine, arthropods are still among the biggest disease vectors and cause the death of well over a million people a year. We take a closer look at the medically important arthropods that one can encounter in Southern Africa.
Recently the â€˜biodiversity crisis is rightfully receiving more and more attention. This presentation explores the systems driven by biodiversity, the benefits of conserving biodiversity and the importance of cataloguing life. It also takes a closer look at the meeting point of evolutionary biology, ecology, animal
behavior and organismal succession.
What was once considered an infinite resource, is now been regarded as one of the world's most threatened ecosystems. This lecture explores the role society and individuals can play in conserving our oceans.
We use it every day. We depend on it for our survival. This lecture focuses on how freshwater conservation can help us meet our needs for water and why is it so important to protect our dams and rivers when problems like climate change and a global energy crisis is virtually on our door step?
Map reading is both an art and a science - bewildering to many people. Find out how to correctly use and interpret the wealth of information provided on topographical maps and never get lost in the bush again!
scary and beautiful
South Africa's very rich reptile biodiversity is often misunderstood, especially in the case of snakes. In this lecture we aim to teach students how to identify reptiles and have a better understanding of our reptile fauna. We place special emphasis on venomous snakes and first aid treatment.
Frogs are often overlooked even though they are one of South Africa's most beautiful animal orders. We teach students the importance of these animals and educate them about the potential threats that these animals face.
There are more insect species than all other animals and plants combined. Insects are, as far as we know, the most diverse group of animals on the planet. Classification and identification therefore obviously play an integral part in the study of insects. This lecture introduces the students to the world of taxonomy (classification) and insect identification.
Coral reefs contain more than 25 percent of all marine life, yet only cover a tiny percentage (less than 0.2 percent) of the ocean's bottom. This presentation will guide you through the almost alien like world and introduce you to some of its weird and wonderful inhabitants.
Habitat destruction and pollution is a constant threat to all vertebrates across the world. This coupled with invasive species have the potential to put the vertebrates in South Africa under real pressure. In this lecture we share studies on conservation, the threats to South Africa's our vertebrates preventative measures to counter extinction.