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The reptiles of southern Africa are the subject of a new book called What’s that Reptile?. It’s a great resource for school libraries and home education.
A BOOK on identifying reptiles will be launched at the Joburg Zoo on 6 April, with the author in attendance.

Whats that Reptile?With the title What’s that Reptile?, the book is a starter’s guide to the reptiles of southern Africa. It introduces the readers to the different kinds of reptiles found in the region, such as snakes, lizards, crocodiles, tortoises, terrapins and turtles.

The book was written by Johan Marais, who is the chairperson of Sarca, the Southern African Reptile Conservation Assessment.

Sarca was launched on 10 May 2005 to improve the understanding of the diversity and distribution of reptiles in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, which will lead to an improvement in the conservation of these animals.

Marais will be at the launch, with the books on display. Books will sell for R170 each.

Anyone interested in reptiles or animals in general is invited. The book will be a useful addition to school libraries and for educational purposes, says Candice Segal, the zoo’s acting brand and communications manager.

The launch is at 6.30pm at the Reptile House at the Johannesburg Zoo. Kindly RSVP to Kim Rudman at or on 011 484 3538.

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