Local Conservation Center Joins Global NPO, Species360 – South Coast Herald


The Crocworld Conservation Center, based in the Umdoni region, is officially a member of Species360, an international organization that enables the collection, sharing and analysis of knowledge about wildlife, with the aim of improving the well-being of animals and inform species conservation.

“We are delighted that Crocworld is part of this global, non-profit organization dedicated to saving our wildlife through a collaborative effort,” said James Wittstock, Acting Director of the Crocworld Conservation Center.

“This expands our ongoing education and conservation efforts, and will allow our KZN South Coast facility to contribute to an international platform.”

Species360 facilitates information gathering from some 1,200 aquariums, zoos, universities, research centers and government facilities around the world in 99 countries on six continents – with the Crocworld Conservation Center now being one of those facilities.

Species360 members maintain the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS), the world’s most comprehensive knowledge database on more than 22,000 species. With its membership in Species360, Crocworld is now part of the global fight against extinction using best breeding standards and practices.

Crocworld will continue to contribute to its Species360 members through its many conservation projects and educational programs.

Currently, the team is running two breeding projects focusing on critically endangered West African slender-nosed crocodiles, as well as endangered Cape vulture species. Breeding programs are vital conservation methods for preserving the existing gene pool of endangered species and preventing inbreeding.

The endangered species of Cape Vulture. Photo: Crocworld Conservation Center.

The team hosts educational frog nights, with members of the public invited to come explore local wetlands and learn about amphibious residents and their value in the ecological chain. There are also plans to organize a beach clean-up, where team members will share their thoughts on the importance of coastal conservation.

The center has also partnered with local nature and wildlife education group, Bushbabies, for monthly conservation talks for children, which cover a range of interesting topics, all related to local conservation.

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