As one of the entities of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (NZG) was invited to participate in an exhibition at the Iziko SA Museum in Cape Town to give the public an opportunity to experience "science at work".
The Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom, is flanked by the NZG's Dr Essa Suleman (left) and Sello Moloi at the NZG stand.
The exhibition stand was equipped with banners, brochures and other advertising material to showcase the NZG and the research being done by the Centre for Conservation Science.
The exhibition, which ran from 16 to 17 May 2013, formed part of the proceedings in the tabling of the Budget Vote by the Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom.
The exhibition stand was equipped with banners, brochures and other advertising material to showcase the NZG and the research being done by the Centre for Conservation Science under the theme "Research preventing extinction". As the NZG was the only exhibitor representing the field of wildlife conservation, the exhibition was a great advertising opportunity for the NZG itself and for showcasing the research conducted by its Centre for Conservation Science.
Other exhibitors included the National Research Foundation (NRF), Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).
The highlight of the exhibition was a visit by the Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom, who indicated his intention to pay an official visit to the NZG and the Centre for Conservation Science.
Furthermore, the exhibition was attended by high-ranking officials of the DST, members of the parliamentary portfolio committee, schools and members of the public, who were curious to find out more about the NZG in general and the research it conducts. This called for in-depth explanation of the animals, ecotourism and conservation research at the NZG.
Many visitors, particularly school learners, have never been to a zoo, which presented an ideal opportunity to promote the NZG and the importance of wildlife conservation research to protect South Africa's rich animal diversity for future generations. Visitors were given NZG promotional material that included brochures and a penguin stress toy, which proved to be very popular.
In addition to marketing the NZG at the exhibition, the team also had the opportunity to sit in the public gallery in Parliament during the address by the minister and the Budget Vote on 16 May 2013. Minister Hanekom highlighted the department's key focus areas for the financial year. Read the full Budget Vote address.
Overall, the exhibition was a great success and resulted in significant interest being shown in the NZG and the research conducted by the Centre for Conservation Science.
Dr Essa Suleman, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Sello Moloi, Research Co-ordinator, Department of Research and Scientific Services, NZG
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