#Didyouknow that the KwaZulu-Natal Museum is home to one of South Africa’s largest specialist research libraries?
The library has steadily built up its extensive collections since the early years of the museum in 1851. The collections specialise in fields such as Arotropical Entomology (Diptera), Indo-Pacific Mollusca, African Lower Invertebrates, African Arachnology and Herpetology, South African Archaeology (KZN stone and iron ages), and KZN cultural history just to mention a few. The main aim of the library is to develop and preserve the library's collections, whilst providing professional library services to serve the scientific needs of the community.
The library is open to the public during museum operating hours, Monday to Friday, 9h00 - 15h30.
March 15 marks the commencement of South African Library Week. The initiative celebrates the important role libraries play, in creating learning opportunities and supporting literacy and education in society.
This year, South African Library Week is celebrated under the theme, Libraries Matter!
We are saddened by his passing and our deepest sympathies go to the Royal family and the Zulu nation.
The KZN Museum staff met with King Zwelithini a number of years ago when we were doing a gallery upgrade concerning Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Conservation. If you would like to watch the full video please click on the link below.
Once lost but now found: a rare snake and endemic to South Africa Montaspis gilvomuculata
This rare cream-spotted snake is endemic to the Drakensberg Mountains in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Only four specimens have ever been found in this region between 1967 and 1991. Between 1991 to date, no other specimen has been spotted or collected.
Unfortunately, one snake escaped and disappeared during its captivity and only three specimens are currently housed in collections in South Africa. However, the specimen in the KwaZulu-Natal Museum is the oldest of all and was collected in 1967 in the Giant’s Castle Game Reserve by Z. Grafton, but the exact site remains unknown. Previously, this specimen was requested by various researchers but was never found in the Herpetology Collections of the KwaZulu-Natal Museum until late last year 2020.
During our collection care exercise, the snake was found ‘mixed’ with frog specimens in the Herpetology Collection and this explained the reason why it was never found. Once thought to have been lost but now found, the snake is currently placed in the correct location. This excitement has spread and Matabaro Ziganira who takes care of the Collection has already received inquiries about the snake and he hopes it will attract the attention of more researchers nationally and internationally.