Our Herp DNA Collection Collabs...
Our involvement with the Chameleons in the Grootvadersbosch Forest has led to us becoming a contributor to the Herpetological Tissue Bank of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). We travel vast
distances across the Western Cape and we have various Biodiversity Conservation Network
partners, and members of the public, that notifies us of species of interest in the areas we
These tissue samples are very important to present and future research on the various reptiles
We collect tissue samples of certain live specimens (without causing any of the animals
damage that would hamper or influence their normal activities) as well as tissue samples
from roadkill specimens. This is done throughout the Western Cape and Northern Cape
on all of our travels and across various species, as well as various individuals from the
same species but different localities. These tissue samples will be used by researchers studying
geographical differences in one species. For more info on the DNA bank, please click on the
*** Please note that this is an activity that triggers permitting requirements, Bionerds are covered by Western Cape, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape permits for this purpose.