Wildlife Conservation in South Africa (Online Conference)

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5 – 6 June 2021

Take a weekend off to journey into some of the most inspiring conservation projects, researchers and conservationists in South Africa.

Over the course of two days you will meet, learn and interact with presentations and discussions on topics such as – the implications of conservation and management, shark research, large carnivore ecology, breeding coastal seabirds, empowering communities to protect wildlife and assist conservation, pollinators of the Fynbos (national plant of South Africa), monitoring wildlife and lessons from carnivores, Protecting the protected through assessing driver behaviour in protected areas of South Africa, and more!

Organisations and Topics

Marine Dynamics / Dyer Island Conservation Trust

🐧 Live penguin feeding and the African penguin and seabird sanctuary

🦈 Title: White shark research and conservation

🦭 Title: A glimpse of the underwater world~ baiting and following animals underwaterπŸ‹ Title: Marine big 5 data collection and research

🐬 MD / DICT work to protect the biodiversity of the marine ecosystem surrounding dyer Island~ an integral ecosystem in terms of global sea-life 

Zululand Conservation Trust

🦏 Title: Empowering communities to protect wildlife and assist conservation

πŸ¦› ZCT educate, empower and uplift local communities which is assisting in addressing endangered animals in their region. They also have a regional Rhino (and quite often hippo!) orphanage. 

Cape Leopard Trust

πŸ† Title: Leopards of the Cape- an umbrella species for biodiversity conservation

🐾 CLT work to safeguard the leopards habitat and eliminate human wildlife conflict. 

Nature’s Valley Trust

🦜 Title: Breeding coastal seabirds

🐝 Title: Pollinators of the Fynbos

πŸ¦‹ NVT work to promote conservation, education, community and research in the world renowned Natures Valley 

Endangered Wildlife Trust

🐍 Title: Protecting the protected- assessing driver behaviour in protected areas of South Africa

🦎 EWT is a large organisation that aim to save species and habitats whilst benefitting local communities! The roads project attempts to mitigate wildlife road incidents. 

Amakhala Foundation

πŸ‘£ Title: The link between communities and conservation at Amakhala

🧠 AF carry out community and conservation projects. They focus on environmental education, their craft centre (job creation), supporting pre-school age children, and providing psycho-social support to the local communities. 


🐜. Title: Biomimicry as a way of being

♻️ Biomimicry is the concept of using nature as a tool to learn from and inform our everyday lives. Biowise aims to teach people about this incredible concept!


Background Information

Read up about the organisations and speakers before, during or after the conference.

Live Talks

Watch or re-watch the live presentation style talks or watch replays after the conference.

Live Q&A’s

Watch live question and answer sessions and participate by sending in your questions either ahead of time or live by using the comments section of the livestream.

Live Panels

A chance to hear our panel of experts discuss topical issues relating to conservation and tourism. There will also be a chance to ask the panel questions.

Video Chat Rooms

Join any of the moderated video chat rooms and discuss scheduled topics with like-minded people. These rooms only accept 10 people at a time so if you are unable to enter then you can either wait or try again at a later point.

Text Forums

Join in on discussions on some of the topics, speakers and organisations covered during the conference.

Calls to Action

Ways how you can help from wherever you are in the world!


Schedules and speakers subject to change.

Saturday, 5 June 2021

09:30 BST – Live Introduction

10:00 BST – Live Talk 1 – Leopards of the Cape (Cape Leopard Trust)

10:20 BST – Live Q&A – Cape Leopard Trust

10:45 BST – Live Talk 2 – White Shark Research and Conservation – Uncovering the Mysteries of the Legendary Apex Predator (Marine Dynamics)

11:05 BST – Live Q&A – Marine Dynamics

11:30 BST – Live Talk 3 – Breeding Coastal Seabirds (Nature’s Valley Trust)

11:50 BST – Live Q&A – Nature’s Valley Trust

13:00 BST – Live Talk 4 – Marine Big 5 Data Collection and Research – Ecology and Conservation of Sharks, Whales, Dolphins, Penguins and Seals (Marine Dynamics)

13:20 BST – Live Q&A – Marine Dynamics

13:45 BST – Live Talk 5 – Empowering Communities to Protect Wildlife and Assist Conservation (Zululand Conservation Trust)

14:05 BST – Live Q&A – Zululand Conservation Trust

14:30 BST – Live Talk 6 – Monitoring wildlife: lessons from carnivores (Terry-lee Honiball)

14:50 BST – Live Q&A – Terry-lee Honiball

15:15 BST – Live Talk 7 – Cheetah Conservation (Dr Peter Rogers)

15:35 BST – Live Q&A – Dr Peter Rogers

16:00 BST – Live Panel 1 – Future of Wildlife Conservation

17:00 BST – Live Conclusion

Sunday, 6 June 2021

09:30 BST – Live Introduction

10:00 BST – Live Talk 8 – Biomimicry As a Way of Being (Biowise)

10:20 BST – Live Q&A – Biowise

10:45 BST – Live Talk 9 – Pollinators of the Fynbos (Nature’s Valley Trust)

11:05 BST – Live Q&A – Nature’s Valley Trust

11:30 BST – Live Talk 10 – The Link Between Communities and Conservation (Amakhala Foundation)

11:50 BST – Live Q&A – Amakhala Foundation

13:00 BST – Live Talk 11 – A Glimpse of the Underwater World – Baiting and Following Animals Underwater (Marine Dynamics)

13:20 BST – Live Q&A – Marine Dynamics

13:45 BST – Live Talk 12 – Protecting the Protected (Endangered Wildlife Trust)

14:05 BST – Live Q&A – Endangered Wildlife Trust

14:30 BST – Live Talk 13 – African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary – plus a Live Penguin Feeding (Marine Dynamics)

14:50 BST – Live Q&A – Marine Dynamics

15:30 BST – Live Panel 2 – Future of Conservation Tourism

16:30 BST – Live Conclusion

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