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The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is a proud facility of the National Research Foundation (NRF).

The 85-hectare Zoo in Pretoria houses 3117 specimens of 209 mammal species, 1358 specimens of 202 bird species, 3871 specimens of 190 fish species, 388 specimens of 4 invertebrate species, 309 specimens of 93 reptile species, and 44 specimens of 7 amphibian species.

The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is the largest zoo in the country and the only one with national status. More than 600 000 people visit the Zoo annually. The total length of the walkways in the Zoo in Pretoria is approximately 6km.

An Aquarium and Reptile Park also form part of the Zoo facility in Pretoria. The Aquarium is the largest inland marine aquarium in the country.

The third largest collection of exotic trees can be found at the Zoo.

Environmental enrichment

Environmental enrichment is the process of improving or enhancing the environment of zoo animals and has become a prerequisite tool with regard to the management of animals in zoos worldwide. Find out more about our enrichment programme.

NZG management team

Dr Clifford Nxomani
Managing Director
Craig Allenby
Manager - Commercial Services and Business Development
Portfolio: Creation of new business and all marketing and communications endeavors
Ulrich Oberprieler
Manager - Conservation Education & Public Engagement in Science
Portfolio: Co-ordination and management of all science-oriented educational programmes and educational materials at the NZG
Derek Moodley
Manager - Facilities
Portfolio: Management of all infrastructures, both at the NZG in Pretoria and the Biodiversity Conservation Centre (BCC) in Mokopane. Landscape and Civil Services also reside under this portfolio
Prof. Antoinette Kotze
Manager - Research and Scientific Services
Portfolio: Management and approval of all research projects undertaken by the NZG. Co-ordination of interns and supervision of the research lab and its activities
Tracy Rehse
Manager: Conservation and Animal Collections
Portfolio: Managing and co-ordinating the animal collection both at the NZG and the Biodeversity Conservation Centre in Mokopane
Joshua Motsupi
Manager: Human Resources
Portfolio: Overseeing all human resource elements and staff requirements
Donald Mokgohloa
Manager: Engineering and Technical Services
Portfolio: In charge of all physical Infrastructure; Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, HVAC, Buildings maintenance and Projects. Also in charge of the security portfolio and all security matters.
Sonja Ramgoolam
Manager - Financial Administration, Compliance and Risk Management
Portfolio: Financial administration

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