Halloween 2019 Bat Photography

The last Saturday of October was the perfect opportunity to explore Halloween myths.   With the support of Gordon and Cindy (Hooper’s Horizons), the challenge was set for an early Halloween experience.  About 21 photographers of the Centurion Camera Club participated in the opportunity to capture in the wild, the natural flight behavior of bats.  The […]

October 2019 – Introduction to bat biology, ecology, conservation and identification course

From 21 to 25 October 2019, ten people participated in AfricanBats NPC introductory course. The course covered bat biology, ecology, conservation and identification, and was run by AfricanBats NPC director Ernest Seamark and Dr Teresa Kearney, Small Mammals Curator at Ditsong National Museum of Natural History. Ernest and Teresa’s expertise and passion, as well as […]

6th AfricanBats Bat Fieldworkers Course Level I

The 6th AfricanBats Bat Fieldworkers course was held from 24 November to 16 December 2018. Six participants attended: Dr. Isabella Mandl and Mr. Kilian Egger-Peitler (Austria); Ms. Tosca Vanroy (Belgium); Mrs. Ana Gledis Miranda da Conceição and Ms. Cesária Victória Huó (Mozambique); and Mr. Leon Labuschagne (South Africa). At the time of the course, Dr. […]

Madlimatle Cave fieldwork – CVZ November 2018

The last quarter sampling of bats at Madlimatle Cave for 2018 occurred from 19 to 22 November 2018.  This is part of long-term collaborative research with the Centre for Viral Zoonoses, University of Pretoria and Ditsong National Museum of Natural History. We were joined by the Department of Science and Technology – National Research Foundation […]

Introduction to bat biology, ecology and conservation – November 2018

An ‘Introduction to bats’ course was held from 12-18 November 2018 at the Meletse Bat Research and Conservation Training Centre, near Thabazimbi, in South Africa.  This allowed five participants from three countries (South Africa, Mozambique and Austria) to complete the prerequisite course before beginning the five week ‘Bat fieldworkers’ course.  The introductory course provides basic […]

2nd Meletse Research Symposium

Thirty-two people attended the 2nd Annual Meletse Research Meeting, which was held on 17 August 2018. Notably, this included landowners and representatives for Meletse and from the Cradle area. Their interest in, and understanding of, the research being undertaken on their properties, in particular with regards the Natal Long-fingered Bat (Miniopterus natalensis) roosting in the […]

National Science Week 2018

Another successful National Science Week at the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History took place during the 30th July to the 1st of August 2018. Each day the venue was filled with eager young minds wanting to learn new things. A total of 995 learners from 18 schools and public from the surrounding Pretoria area […]

Yebo Gogga yebo amaBlomo 2018

Yebo Gogga yebo amaBlomo is an annual educational event hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand. It provides the opportunity for inquisitive minds to learn about the wonderful natural world. The event hosts educational stands from a variety of different subjects ranging from microbiology, plants, insects and even live animals. For the first time, AfricanBats participated in this educational week […]

April 2018 – Introduction to bat biology, ecology, conservation and identification course

April sparked the first term for South African university vacation.  This also coincides with the Introduction to bat biology, ecology, conservation and identification course offered by AfricanBats NPC.  Well for five participants from two countries (Belgium and South Africa) it was not a vacation.  These eager minds where present to familiarize themselves about the unique […]

Exploratory visit to Gcwihaba Cave, Botswana

When an invitation came via Rodger Ellis (Potchefstroom Potholing Club) from the Botswana Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism, Hon Minister T. Khama to visit the Gcwihaba Cave to provide advice on the bats in the cave, how could one refuse?  With a seven day trip planned for the 19 – 25 February, […]

Batting with the Friends of Doringkloof Spruit – 18 February 2018

An evening was spent sharing and talking about bats with the Friends of Doringkloof Spruit [translated from the Afrikaans meaning “Thorn Ravine small-stream”]. This urban open space is located in the suburb of Centurion, South Africa, where a dedicated group of community members have taken on the management of this open space as a wildlife […]

5th AfricanBats Bat Fieldworker’s Course

December. That time of year that everyone in Johannesburg usually associates with sand, sun and beach holidays. However, whilst most of the city was trekking down to the coast, three students headed the opposite direction, to the savanna bushveld region of the Limpopo province for a three-week training course. Ms. Marëtte Pretorius and Ms. Emma […]

First PIT tagging session

The 5th AfricanBats Bat Fieldworker’s course, in addition to providing students with training in bat handling and research procedures, marked the launch of the Miniopterus on the Move project and the first PIT tagging session of the migratory Natal Long-fingered Bat (Miniopterus natalensis). One tray containing 100 MiniHPT8 PIT (Passive Integrated Transponder) tags, two tagging […]

October 2017 – Introduction to bat biology, ecology, conservation and identification course

The five day – Introduction to bat biology, ecology, conservation and identification course was held at the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History (2-6 October 2017). Ten students from three institutions (AfricanBats NPC, University of Pretoria and University of South Africa) representing three countries (Democratic Republic of the Congo (1), South Africa (8) and Zimbabwe […]

1st Meletse Research Meeting

The first Meletse Research Meeting took place on 19 September 2017, hosted by the Centre for Viral Zoonoses, University of Pretoria (UP). Sixteen individuals, from four institutions (AfricanBats NPC, Centre for Viral Zoonoses (UP), Centre for Wildlife Management (UP) and the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History), participated. Nine students (1 honours, 5 MSc and […]

National Science Week 2017

National Science Week at the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History took place in August 2017 this year. Each day the venue was filled with hundreds of buzzing young minds eager to learn new things, as learners from the surrounding Pretoria area came to view the various scientific exhibitions that was on offer. Amongst those, […]

4th AfricanBats Bat Fieldworkers Course

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March 2017 – Introduction to bat biology, ecology, conservation and identification course

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October 2016 – Introduction to bat biology, ecology, conservation and identification course

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July 2016 – Introduction to bat biology, ecology, conservation and identification course

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April 2016 – Introduction to bat biology, ecology, conservation and identification course

The five day – Introduction to bat biology, ecology, conservation and identification course was held at the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History (31 March – 4 April 2016).  Eight students attended from seven institutions (National Vetenary Research Institute of Nigeria, University of Pretoria, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Zimbabwe, AfricanBats NPC, Ditsong National Museum […]

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