The Drylands Conservation Programme…

…should prevent extinction since the drylands represent unique habitats and species across multiple biomes. The drylands of southern Africa talk as much about the past of species and people as they do to the future of both.

…can prevent extinction as we are committed, motivated and innovative. We are a beacon of hope in the drylands.

…does prevent extinction, as we embody Conservation in Action!

South Africa’s Soutpansberg Mountains are noted for their high levels of species endemism and unique ecosystems. They form part of the core area of the UNESCO Vhembe Biosphere Reserve that also includes the northern Kruger National Park and Mapungubwe National Park and Cultural Landscape. Five different biomes are present in the Soutpansberg Protected Area (SPA) – namely forest, thicket, savannah, grassland and wetland. All the vegetation types that occur in the SPA are endemic to Limpopo Province, or the Soutpansberg Mountains, and have a relatively limited range. Despite this, less than 1% of the Soutpansberg Mountains is formally conserved and hence there is a critical need to declare more of this area under formal conservation status.

The Threatened Amphibian Programme (TAP) was initiated in 2012 and aims to:
1. Elevate the conservation importance of frogs and their freshwater and associated terrestrial habitats within southern Africa.
2. Implement conservation actions that align with global amphibian conservation goals.
3. Bridge the gap between research and on-the-ground conservation action by supporting and implementing relevant research projects.
4. Drive social change to promote behaviours that support sustainable natural resource use to the benefit of amphibians and their habitats.

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