Iimbovane in brief Print

The Iimbovane Project is a long term monitoring project which focuses on ant diversity in different natural and modified (developed or transformed) landscapes, investigating how ant groupings change in space (between places) and over time (between seasons and years). The project involves educators and learners from secondary schools who assist with the monitoring through direct participation in on site sampling.  

Iimbovane aims to educate and raise awareness levels of educators and learners on the importance of biodiversity and to increase and improve scientific biodiversity, eventually providing a general picture of ant species composition in different Western Cape biomes over a 10 year period. 

The key objectives of Iimbovane are to:                                                                                                                                  
  • Educate learners on how science works through active participation in “real” research
  • Develop learners scientific and critical thinking skills
  • Educate learners on biodiversity conservation and wider environmental issues 
  • Promote careers in biodiversity science
  • Assist life science educators to implement biodiversity science in an outcomes-based fashion
  • Provide training and support to life science educators