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The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission’s Iguana Specialist Group has released a position statement on invasive green iguanas (Iguana iguana). The green iguana is a popular pet reptile species across the world, including South Africa, but has become highly invasive in several tropical and sub-tropical countries.
The 43rd Annual Research Symposium on the Management of Biological Invasions in South Africa will be taking place at Goudini Spar near Worcester in the Western Cape, from 18-20 May, 2016. A second call and invitation for abstract submissions has been released by the organisers. This symposium invites academic researchers and invasion biologists to present…
Residents in Cape Town are urged to use the online reporting tool for reporting sightings of invasive wasps as the primary reporting means. More than 2 000 people have accessed the City of Cape Town’s new online wasp reporting application since its official launch in November last year.
The South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) will host two training modules on specific aspects of invasive species. The training is specifically targeted at horticulturists, landscapers, landscape architects, conservationists,invasive species professionals, biocontrol experts,municipal parks department officials, botanists, zoologists and passionate gardeners with a superb knowledge and interest in flora and fauna. The dates for the…
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has noted media reports where it is alleged that some people are illegally selling red-eared slider turtles through the internet. The red-eared slider is one of the American turtle species (Trachemys species) currently listed as Category 1b in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act Alien and Invasive…
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