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About the African Herpetological Association


Founded 1965, the HAA is dedicated to the study and conservation of reptiles and amphibians, particularly those of Africa. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the herpetofauna of the world. Members receive African Journal of Herpetology (which publishes technical articles, short communications, commentaries, book reviews and meeting reports) and the newsletter African Herp News (which includes announcements, life history notes, geographical distribution, husbandry hints, etc).

Read a history of the HAA, published in African Herp News in 1996, written by Don Broadley, an honorary life member of the HAA and one of the founding members.


  • Upcoming 13th HAA Conference in January 2017 at Bonamanzi!
  • Click here to register

  • New HAA committee:

    Chairman: Graham Alexander
    Treasurer: Johan Marais
    Journal Editor: John Measey
    Newsletter Editor: Gavin Masterson
    HAA Secretary: Buyi Makhubo
    Additional Members:

    Aaron Bauer
    Michael F. Bates
    Bryan Maritz
    Shelley Edwards

  • Please see WCH 2016 in Hangzhou, China to start gearing up for the next World Congress of Herpetology.
  • HAA conference in Namibia:
    A very sucessful conference was held at the Gobabeb Research & Training Centre please see our FaceBook page for some memorabilia.
  • Winner of the HAA Student Research Grant 2015:
    Mark Summers of the University of KZN, Pietermaritzburg (Supervisor Prof. Colleen T. Downs). The title of his project is: Aspects of Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) population ecology and thermal biology in Pongolapoort Dam, KwaZulu-Natal.

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