About the SCBC

The original SCBC logo. Depicting railway track running through Sand River Gorge, first home of SCBC project.
Established in 2014, the Soutpansberg Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation (SCBC) is an on-going and evolving project that aims to generate information on biodiversity in the Soutpansberg region of northern South Africa. The project’s primary objectives are to find and identify neglected, overlooked and understudied organisms in the Soutpansberg area; generating an inventory of species to assist researchers, conservationists, landowners and interested members of the public in understanding the richness of this ‘biodiversity hotspot’. 

View east over Luvhondo Nature Reserve home of SCBC.
The Soutpansberg Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation actively contributes data, images and information to other conservation organisations in the area to help them achieve their conservation goals. We have contributed information to the Luvhondo Nature Reserve, EWT's Soutpansberg Protected Areas project and Vhembe Biosphere Reserve.  

SCBC promotional flyer. Feel free to download and share.
Get Involved
The Soutpansberg Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation takes on volunteers, researchers and interns to assist with biodiversity research. Besides our popular herpetological stream; we are also looking for assistance with the Western Soutpansberg Biodiversity Project. We are looking for assistance on various biodiversity projects and people interested in all aspects of the environment can get involved either on site or as citizen scientists on Inaturalist.

The SCBC also does regular reptile surveys at under sampled areas in the region. These trips are usually spent camping and are very intensive, if you are interested in joining one of these trips contact Ryan at ryanvanhuyssteen@gmail.com for more information and availability. 
Lajuma Gate, Luvhondo Nature Reserve, Soutpansberg, Limpopo.
About Lajuma Research Centre
Our current host Lajuma Research Centre forms part of the Luvhondo Nature Reserve within the UNESCO Vhembe Biosphere Reserve. Located high up in the Soutpansberg, Lajuma contains a number of different habitats and beautiful mountainous scenes. Lajuma is also home to Mount Lajuma which contains the highest peak in the Soutpansberg at 1747m a.s.l. The reserve contains a remarkable diversity of plants, including a large number of endemics and rare and endangered species such as the Samango Monkey, Leopard and the Soutpansberg Rock Lizard. 

Informational flyer about SCBC and Lajuma Research Centre. Feel free to download and share.
Map depicting SCBC data collection points. As you can see we have a lot of work to still do.
Soutpansberg Reptiles
Our project has collected over 8000 reptile records from the area. We are currently sitting on a Species List of 112 reptile species in this biodiversity rich region of southern Africa and our mapping and research continues to grow. The Soutpansberg is rich in lizard fauna and showcased below are some of the specials occuring in the area that we have the pleasure of working with. 
Soutpansberg form of Wolkberg Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodion transvaalense).
White-bellied Dwarf Burrowing Skink (Scelotes limpopoensis albiventris).
Stripe-bellied Legless Skink (Acontias kgalagadi subtaeniatus).
Cregoi's Legless Skink (Acontias cregoii).
Cryptic Dwarf Gecko (Lygodactylus incognitus).
Soutpansberg Dwarf Gecko (Lygodactylus soutpansbergensis).
Muller's Velvet Gecko (Homopholis mulleri).
Soutpansberg Rock Lizard (Vhembelacerta rupicola).
Flat Girdled Lizard (Smaug depressus).

Soutpansberg Flat Lizards (Platysaurus relictus).
Soutpansberg Purple Glossed Snake (Amblyodipsas microphthalma nigra). Limpopo's only endemic snake.

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