Celebrating Africa Month Through our Collections
𝗠𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗮𝗿𝗼 𝗭𝗶𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗿𝗮 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘃𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝘁𝗮𝘅𝗮 𝘀𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗮𝘀 𝗮𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗶, 𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗽𝗲𝗱𝗲𝘀, 𝗰𝗿𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗰𝗲𝗮𝗻𝘀, 𝗴𝗲𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆, 𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗲𝗱𝗲𝘀, 𝗽𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗲𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆, 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗽𝗲𝘁𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆, 𝘀𝗽𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗮 𝗳𝗲𝘄. 𝗛𝗲 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲𝘀:
All these important collections underline some key aspect of biodiversity and evolution in South Africa and Africa, and the world at large. For example, between the origin of mammals and the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa can boast having the world's best fossils for two major macroevolutionary transitions. The Herpetology collection encompasses 680 lizards, 480 snakes and 6500 frogs.
I am particularly interested in studying frogs. The amphibian collection attracts mainly external researchers because the province of KwaZulu-Natal features in one of the three biodiversity hotspots of South Africa, and has the greatest amphibian species richness many of which are endemic. South Africa is ranked 27th in the world in terms of amphibian species richness and fifth in the Afro-tropical region following by Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Tanzania respectively.
𝑅𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑐ℎ 𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑚𝑝ℎ𝑖𝑏𝑖𝑎𝑛𝑠 𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐾𝑤𝑎𝑍𝑢𝑙𝑢-𝑁𝑎𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑀𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑢𝑚 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑔 𝑐𝑜𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑝𝑜𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑖𝑛𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚 𝑑𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛-𝑚𝑎𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑟𝑒𝑔𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑣𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑖𝑛 𝑆𝑜𝑢𝑡ℎ 𝐴𝑓𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑎 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐴𝑓𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑎.