Silindokuhle Tokota

Conservation Field Officer: Silindokuhle Tokota
Conservation Field Officer: Silindokuhle Tokota

Silindokuhle recently completed his Master’s degree in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the University of the Western Cape. His thesis focused on investigating interspecific niche partitioning in two sympatric and ecologically similar snakes, the Cross-marked Grass Snake and Rhombic Skaapsteker. His passion for nature, in general, started as early as his primary school years. Since then, he has had an extensive interest in understanding the biology, ecology, and natural history of both plants and animals, although animals forms the epicentre of his interest.

Apart from his own herpetofaunal research at Koeberg Private Nature Reserve, he has spent considerable time working as a field assistant in places like the Kruger National Park and Tswalu Private Nature Reserve, where he gained and honed his suite of skills as a researcher. He predominantly worked using mark-recapture methods and has extensive experience in handling wild animals and navigating their habitats.

During his university years, he started developing interest in understanding factors which threaten species. This was when he showed more interest in nature conservation. As the CLT Conservation Field Officer, he collects and processes data collection, leads on snare detection and removal; and mentors interns.

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