*View 2011 event details here*

Every year Kirstenbosch hosts a Biodiversity Expo, highlighting the ongoing work that is being done to preserve biodiversity in this country.   It’s really exciting to see how many dedicated people there are out there, working so hard to make sure we don’t lose our precious eco-systems and plant and animal species.

And, since 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity and Conservation, it’s bound to be an extra-special display.

Event Details:

“The Biodiversity Expo is the annual one – stop – shop for all your biodiversity conservation needs”

The year 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity and Conservation. The Biodiversity Expo 2010 was designed to address the failure of many South Africans to recognise the true value of biodiversity. The Expo serves as a communication and education tool to reach those South Africans who will be responsible for the future of our countries environmental wealth.

Biodiversity Expo 2010 will have more than 30 conservation exhibitors. Exhibitions will focus on various conservation issues ranging from threatened species to calculating your carbon footprint. There will also be live animal displays, music and theatrical presentations.

Date & Time: 25 March 2010 to 28 March 2010 | 09h00 – 16h00
Entrance Charge: The Expo is free to all and is at the Visitor Centre, but free garden entry is subject to special conditions.
How to book / obtain tickets: Contact Augustine Morkel on a.morkel@sanbi.org.za
Venue / Location: Old Mutual Conference Centre, Kirstenbosch NBG

Description: The Expo will have more than 30 conservation exhibitors exhibiting on various conservation issues ranging from threatened species to calculating your carbon footprint. Thursday and Friday are primarily targeted at schools and we are expecting a rush on the Thursday and Friday mornings – general welcome as well.

On Sunday we have a special program, sponsored by Cape Nature, planned where Avril Kinsey and other musicians will be performing various music pieces related to environmental issues. We will also have the Jungle Theatre Company presenting “Hoerikwaggo”, an interactive performance that speaks to young and old, kindly sponsored by the Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. SANBI’s guest speaker, Dr. Guy Midgley, one of SA’s leading experts on climate change will be doing a presentation.

To close off we will have Cape Nature launch their new program on CTV. The partnership with the Frank Joubert and the Ibhabhatane Project sees learners from previously disadvantaged communities interpret “Biodiversity” through art and this will be displayed from the Thursday to the Sunday.

Contact Details: Augustine Morkel on a.morkel@sanbi.org.za

More details available on the SANBI website.

Meet a Western Leopard Toad

The hard-working ToadNUTS (Noordehoek Unpaid Toad Savers) asked me to highlight the following part of the expo:

“The western leopard toad is a locally endemic frog species, occurring in the southern reaches of Cape Town and around a handful of breeding localities in the Overstrand region of Gansbaai, Standford and Cape Agulhas National Park. This attractive toad is listed as endangered with extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature for reasons such as the loss of habitat to urbanization and agriculture; and road mortalities by motorists. Regardless of these impacts, the leopard toad still manages to hold on for dear life living in urban gardens with a multitude of threats impinging on its survival daily. These resilient toads are an exceptional example of how biodiversity can show resistance and strength under the most difficult circumstances.

Visit the Biodiversity Expo at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and meet a western leopard toad and volunteers in person, as well as other fantastic exhibits showcasing what conservation in South Africa has to offer. “

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