Wednesday, November 18, 2009

John Taylor & the Spotted Shovel-nosed Frog

Spotted Shovel-nosed Frog

While most associate the name Giba Gorge with Mountain Biking, Master Builders KwaZulu Natal’s in-house programmer John Taylor, concerns himself more with the gorge’s various habitats, some of which have been recognised (at a national level), as highly significant for conservation purposes.

These habitats are home to a large number of endemic plant and animal species, some extremely rare, listed as Red Data species:
  • Kloof Frog (Natalobatrachus bonebergi) – found near unpolluted forested streams.
  • Spotted Shovel-nosed Frog (Hemisus guttatus) – found in grasslands.
  • Crowned Eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus) – breeds in gorge forest.
  • Ruby-legged black millipede (Doratogonus rubipodus) – only ever recorded from Krantzkloof and Giba Gorge.
John (aka Gregory John) is a committee serving member of Giba Gorge Environmental Precinct, a group dedicated to safeguarding the area's many ecological treasures. For them, a key strategy going forward is to create public awareness.

“It amazing to see the amount of species that have returned to the Gorge” he told us in an exclusive interview, from his desk, immediately to the right of mine. :)

For more information on Giba Gorge Environmental Precinct, visit www.ggep.org.

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