National Zoological Gardens of South Africa - Pretoria






Nestled in the City of Tshwane lies a veritable oasis of wildlife that beats with an international heart in an African home - the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa. Founded in 1899, the 85-hectare National Zoo also manages two biodiversity conservation centres in Mokopane and Lichtenburg and a zoo and safari park in Vanderbijl Park.The National Zoological Gardens is a National Research Facility of South Africa's National Research Foundation. Its headquarters are in Pretoria, but it also manages the Emerald Animal World in Vanderbijlpark as well as the Game Breeding Centers in Lichtenburg and Mokopane. Not only does the Zoo conduct a variety of research programs, but also aims to:

Educate and inform people about the Earth's bewildering diversity of life and to encourage them to live environmentally friendly and sustainable lifestyles.

Make the public aware of the advantages of scientific knowledge and to encourage youth to follow a career in the natural and life sciences. 

The National Zoological Gardens is a popular destination for schools and higher education institutions: over 200,000 students attend educational programs annually. Various programs are offered based on the curriculum of the particular institution. In addition, regular workshops are conducted for educators and teachers.

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