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Ernest Seamark

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • AfricanBats NPC
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I am a conservationist with a special interest in bat research and the conservation of these little known mammals. For the past 20 or so years, I have spent investigating these creatures of the night. In 2004, established the open access quarterly journal African Bat Conservation News, which I currently still edit. In collaboration with Victor Van Cakenberghe (Research Associate, University of Antwerp, Belgium), we started a project in 2006 compiling all the information on bats in Africa into a single repository; the African Chiroptera Report. This report is freely available via the internet, in the hope that access to this information will improve conservation planning for Africa’s bat diversity, and highlight areas where additional research is required. In 2012, together with Mark Keith, Teresa Kearney, Leon Labuschagne and Victor Van Cakenberghe founded AfricanBats, a not-for-profit company, to secure a future for the African Bat Conservation News and the African Chiroptera Report, to allow these and other new tools to be refined and developed, and to support their use in implementing on the ground conservation measures for Africa’s bats. I completed a Diploma and B. Tech. in Nature Conservation at Mangosuthu Technikon, and a M.Sc. in Resource Conservation Biology at the University of the Witwatersrand. I gained experience in environmental education working with the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa from 1997 until 2000, and then as a conservation manager in protected area management, working for 12 years from 2000 until 2012, with the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment. As a conservation manager I initially worked on the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (integration of both cultural and natural management), while the last three years were spent establishing a Biodiversity Stewardship Programme to include private land into the conservation estate of the province. In January 2015 was appointed as extraordinary lecturer in the Centre of Wildlife Management, Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of Pretoria. Currently, I am the Chief Executive Officer of AfricanBats, which the focus is on establishing and growing this NGO, with the aim of assisting conservation of bats in Africa.

Research interests


African Bat Conservation News


2002 - Present

Recent publications

  • Bats (Chiroptera) of Ithala Game Reserve, northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

  • Pleurobranchus forskalii (Ruppell & Leuckart, 1828)


Professional experience

Chief Executive Officer

AfricanBats NPC

May 2012 - Present

Assistant Director – Resource Management Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

September 2001 - April 2010(9 years)

Nature Conservator - Resource Management Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation, Environment and Land Affairs

May 2000 - August 2001(a year)

Senior Education Officer

Wildlife and Environment Society of SA (Treasure Beach Project)

January 2000 - April 2000(3 months)

Part-time Education Officer

Wildlife and Environment Society of SA (Treasure Beach Project)

January 1997 - June 1997(5 months)


Durban Natural Science Museum

January 1996 - December 1996(a year)

Self employed

Research Africa

January 1996 - December 1996(a year)

Student Ranger

T.C. Robertson Nature Reserve (Wildlife and Environment Society of SA)

January 1995 - December 1995(a year)


Shongweni Resources Reserve (Misinsi Holdings)

January 1993 - December 1994(2 years)

Education Officer

Wildlife and Environment Society of SA (Treasure Beach Project)


MSc Resource Conservation Biology

The University of the Witwatersrand

February 2010 - Present

National Diploma Nature Conservation

Mangosuthu Technikon

February 1992 - January 1995(3 years)

BTEC Nature Conservation

Mangosuthu Technikon

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