When bush comes to shove, urbanites have a lot to learn


When bush comes to shove, urbanites have a lot to learn

Kruger Park centre aims to inspire a passion for ecology

Alexander Matthew

SA has no shortage of problems facing its astonishingly rich biodiversity, from climate change and habitat encroachment to pollution and poaching. Skills and knowledge are required to meet these challenges, and helping to address the shortage of both is the Skukuza Science Leadership Initiative (SSLI), a state-of-the art science facility in the Kruger National Park’s administrative hub.

Since it was launched in July 2017, the SSLI has been working with a lengthy pipeline of talent and experience, including local high school pupils, university students, SA National Parks (SANParks) employees and other scientists.

The design and materials of the SSLI campus – which includes a lecture theatre, library and laboratory – put sustainability at the forefront. Recycled girders and rubble from nearby parking bays and a helipad were used in construction. Mud bricks were baked onsite (a technique taught to the local builders who were involved in construction)...

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