For those interested in Reptiles around Port Elizabeth

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  1. Steve Warren

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    Dear friends,
    Please could you promote the following to anyone interested in the environment, research, museums and herpetology in particular?
    Bayworld will be actively promoting the work that is done here with interesting activities on Sunday 19th September and on the Friday public holiday on 24th September. They will be great opportunities to share the excitement of the Museum with children, grandchildren and friends and to support the Museum. There is a special evening lecture on Monday 20th September. Details will be available in the newspaper closer to the time.

    To promote the work done by the herpetologists the following lectures will give participants an insight into some of the field trips undertaken to remote areas in search of new and exciting discoveries.

    19th At the Museum.
    10.15 Experiences of a Herpetologist” Presentation by Prof Bill Branch, Herpetologist at the PE Museum, a world leader in the field of reptiles and amphibians. He has published numerous scientific and popular books and articles including his widely used “Field guide to snakes and other reptiles of southern Africa”. Bring along your copy of his publications for signing by the author.

    24th At the Museum.
    12.00 “In Search of Lost Frog Species”, illustrated presentation on a Frog Collection Expedition in Hogsback by Werner Conradie.
    In the month of September and October Conservation International (a world organization that works to ensure a healthy and productive planet for us all) is sending researchers across the world in an unprecedented search to rediscover species of “lost” amphibians - animals considered potentially extinct but that may be holding on in a few remote places. It is the ultimate “Search for the Lost Frogs”. Port Elizabeth Museum Natural Scientist, Werner Conradie, will lead a local team of researchers into the Amotala Mountains in search of the critically endangered Amatola Toad, last seen in 1998. Frogs play a key role in ecosystem and keeps it healthy. Will he be successful in finding this frog? What else will they find? Join us at Bayworld on 24 September at 12:00 noon, for an up to date illustrated report on this exercise and hear about what is happening in the ever shrinking environments of amphibians of the world.
    20th - at the Museum a special evening lecture
    Public Lecture “New Places & New Species” by Prof Bill Branch – Herpetologist
    Finding and naming new species is a Scientist's dream. During the last 10 years, on explorations in the mountains of Mozambique and the rocky deserts of Namibia and Angola, Bill Branch has discovered over 20 new species of snakes, tortoises, chameleons and geckos. He shares the excitement of these discoveries, the new techniques used to identify new species, and the intricacies of naming them.

    I hope that you can attend these activities and lectures with your families and friends. Bayworld needs all the support it can get.
    Many thanks in anticipation,
     
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    Heritage Day Celebration

    In celebration of Heritage Day on 24 September 2010, Bayworld entry will be free for children and adults pay R20 to visit the whole complex. The public is encouraged to pay us a visit and enjoy a variety of activities planned for the day.

    The activities include a presentation by Werner Conradie, a scientist at Bayworld titled “In Search of Lost Species”, highlighting a global programme he is involved with rediscovering potentially extinct amphibians. Further activities include a tour in the museum, a shark dissection and hand feeding in the aquarium and much more.

    There is a variety of interesting displays in the museum to enchant you including a special display on the “Treasures from the Archives of Port Elizabeth Museum”, “Africa’s lost world “ a robotic display of African dinosaurs, and the Laduma soccer exhibition. Stroll through the museum and view the interesting display of local shipwrecks, unusual and unique artefacts on display in the Curiosity Corner as well as the mysterious Beaked Whales.

    In the Oceanarium enjoy seal and penguin presentations and impressive collection of fish in the Aquarium. Join us there for our horse encounter that draws attention to the role and conservation of marine and terrestrial animals in the environment. Visit the Snake Park and view a variety of Eastern Cape reptiles while strolling through the Snake Park. Take a well deserved break at Bella Bay Café to enjoy a delicious lunch raging from sandwiches, steak, fish and chips.

    Bayworld opens at 09:00 and closes at 16:30. Seal and penguin presentations are at 11:00 and 15:00 daily.
     
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    WOW this sounds cool steve...pity a bit far for a day trip :p
     
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