2018 Annual Meeting of the Raptor Research Foundation

Annual Meeting of the

Raptor Research Foundation

12 - 16 November 2018
Skukuza Camp, Kruger National Park
South Africa

The 2018 Raptor Research Foundation conference will be hosted in Africa for the first time.  The conference will take place at the Nombulo Mdluli Conference Centre at Skukuza Rest Camp, which is situated within the world-famous Kruger National Park in South Africa. Apart from being home to the Big Five and a host of other iconic African mammal species, the park is also renowned for its diversity of bird species with more than 550 species having been recorded here. These include 43 diurnal raptor, 8 vulture and 10 owl species, many of which occur here in substantial populations. 

The park's largest resident raptor is the Lappet-faced Vulture, which weighs up to 7.9kg and has an impressive wingspan of 2.8m, whilst the smallest raptor in the Park is probably the Pearl-spotted Owlet weighing in at about 65g with a wingspan of around 35cm (Guide to Raptors in Kruger National Park).

The conference will be graciously co-hosted by the Endangered Wildlife Trust and BirdLife South Africa. All conference arrangements will be facilitated and managed by africaMASSIVE, a professional conference organizing company.


Important Dates

Date / 2018   Day   Activity
10 Nov   Saturday  Board Members arrive for Sunday Board Meeting
11 Nov   Sunday  Board Meeting
12 Nov   Monday  Workshops and Welcome Function in the Evening
13 Nov   Tuesday  Paper Sessions; Poster Session
14 Nov   Wednesday  Paper Sessions; Poster Session
15 Nov   Thursday  Paper Sessions; Gala Banquet
16 Nov   Friday  Field Trips and Departures

Raptor Research Foundation: An international scientific society whose primary goal is the accumulation and dissemination of scientific information about raptors.

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Raptor Research Foundation will hold the 2018 meeting in Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is home to an impressive number of species: 

336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. People's interaction with the lowveld environment over many centuries, - from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites, - is very evident in the park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park's natural assets. 

The Kruger National Park is one of the most accessible protected areas in Africa and boasts an extensive, well-developed network of tarmac and gravel roads which covers most of the vegetation types and facilitates self-drive trips. It also has an extensive range of accommodation options in more than 20 camps scattered throughout the 20,000 km² of the park. In addition to accommodation and restaurants in most of the large camps, the park also offers a range of guided drives, including night-drivers as well as bush walks.

Click here for a map of Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is home to an impressive number of raptor species. Enjoy the wildlife of the Kruger national park during your stay at Skukuza Camp for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Raptor Research Foundation

Kruger National Park Animals