Library Friends host SA zoologist

Tristan Dickerson is the next guest speaker at the Friends of Kloof Library talk on Wednesday 8 February at 6pm at the Kloof Junior Primary School. Photo: supplied
Tristan Dickerson is the next guest speaker at the Friends of Kloof Library talk on Wednesday 8 February at 6pm at the Kloof Junior Primary School. Photo: supplied

IF you want to know more about animals then attend the Friends of Kloof Library Forum with guest speaker Tristan Dickerson.

The talk will be held on Wednesday 8 February at 6pm at the Kloof Junior Primary School.

Dickerson is a South African zoologist whose interest in predators led him to join Panthera's Munyana Leopard Project.

After studying biology and behavioural ecology at UKZN Dickerson worked as a research assistant at the Pilanesburg National Park Elephant Project and the Phinda Black Rhino Project.

In the five years he has been with Panthera his work has focused on capturing, collaring and radio tracking the leopard population in Phinda Game Reserve.

Much of his work now also involves physical tracking of Phinda's leopards and mitigating human-leopard conflicts in KZN.

Most recently he has worked through Panthera's Furs for Life Leopard Project to create a high quality, affordable and realistic fake leopard skin for use among the followers of the Shembe Church.

The Shembe community now encompasses five to 11 million members who wear leopard skins during religious ceremonies.

Dickerson has developed strong partnerships with the Shembe Church and its leaders are now encouraging followers to use Panthera's fake skins, which last much longer than real skins and are a fraction of the cost.

Tickets costing R35 (for members of Friends) or R50 will be available from Kloof Library. For more information contact, 031 764 7543.

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