• Socio-Economic Development

    Balancing conservation and the needs of all our communities

What is Biodiversity?

The variety of life on Earth in all its forms is commonly referred to as biodiversity.

The number of species of plants, animals, and microorganisms, the different ecosystems on the planet, such as grasslands, deserts, rainforests and coral reefs are all part of a biologically diverse planet.

Almost all cultures have their roots in our biological diversity in some shape or form as these ecosystems provide humans with oxygen, clean air and water, pollination of plants, pest control and wastewater treatment.

It is for these reasons that declining biodiversity is a massive concern for all on the planet.

The Crocodile River Reserve covers a large area in the Tshwane Metro. It is positioned between Johannesburg, Tshwane and Mogale City. It is surrounded by high density urbanisation, small industry and formal and informal settlements.

The programmes envisioned by the Reserve takes into consideration that being on the urban edge there are a myriad of opportunities in identifying and working with established community leaders and organised groups in large areas where the population is diverse and highly fragmented.

Socio-Economic Programmes Coming Soon

Land Care

Alien Invasive Plant Clearing and Removal

Infrastructure Maintenance

Local Entrepreneurship Development

  • Grass
  • Wood
  • Crafts
  • Environmental Nursery
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Environmental Training

Your suggestions and ideas  for these programmes are welcome. Click here to share them with us.

Browse through our articles below

Our first post-lockdown scorpion walk

After months in lock-down, it was a joy to get back outdoors and into nature, as our creepy crawly expert, Jonathan Leeming, shared fascinating facts about why all arachnids should be treated with respect rather than fear.
October 12, 2020/by admin

Land for Sale?

Criminal syndicates are duping people into buying portions of land that belongs to private landowners. Carte Blanche focusses on Elandsfontein in the South of Johannesburg and an area bordering the Schurveberg Protected Areas of the Crocodile River Reserve north of Johannesburg.
July 20, 2020/by admin

Cape Skink

The Cape skink is live-bearing and the female may take up to a week to birth her litter of offspring - often between 8 and 18 per brood. Each baby is born in a thin, membranous bag or 'shell' that it breaks out of within seconds. Newborns measure measure 5 to 7 cm.
April 7, 2020/by admin


The blesbok or blesbuck has a distinctive white face and forehead which inspired the name, because bles is the Afrikaans word for a blaze such as one might see on the forehead of a horse.
March 15, 2020/by admin

Black-Backed Jackal

The Black-Backed Jackal is a wonderfully resourceful scavenger and cleans up all the offal and remains of dead animals when not dining on scrub hares, mongoose, mice, rats, lizards and snakes.
March 15, 2020/by admin

Brown House Snake

The Brown House Snake, is one of the most common and most useful snakes in South Africa. It is attracted to human dwellings where it feeds on rats, mice and lizards. They are not venomous and are completely harmless to humans. House snakes are powerful constrictors which rely on their muscle power to constrict prey.
March 15, 2020/by admin

Handling Tortoises

Tortoises store water in a cloacal bursa or sack in the rear of the body for use when required. They will also excrete this water supply as a defence against predators [or humans!] and to dampen dry soil when digging holes in which to lay eggs. If you pick up a tortoise trying to survive in very dry conditions it may excrete its valuable water supply, resulting in the eventual death of the animal.
February 9, 2020/by admin

Giant Bullfrog

The Giant African Bullfrog is among the largest frogs, with males weighing up to 1.4 kg. It is an insatiable carnivore, eating insects, small rodents, reptiles, small birds, and other amphibians.
February 1, 2020/by admin

Crinum Bulbispernum

The Crinum lily is a large bulbous plant up to 1m high, which produces attractive grey green gracefully arching leaves during the summer months, and is often seen in the Crocodile River Reserve.
January 8, 2020/by admin
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