SANBI has a broad mandate that is primarily derived from NEMBA, but also from other legislation and processes over the past decade. The mandate is to explore, reveal, celebrate and champion biodiversity for the benefit and enjoyment of all South Africans, which includes managing the National Botanical and Zoological Gardens as ‘windows’ to South Africa’s biodiversity for enjoyment and education. 

Vision

Biodiversity richness for all South Africans.

Mission

To champion the exploration, conservation, sustainable use, appreciation and enjoyment of South Africa’s exceptionally rich biodiversity for all South Africans.

Values

SANBI’s values spell uGREAT. They are:

  • Ubuntu
  • Growth
  • Respect & Tolerance
  • Excellence
  • Accountability
  • Togetherness

DID YOU KNOW?

Hippo

Did you know the name hippopotamus comes from ancient Greek and a hippo was considered a female deity of pregnancy in ancient Egypt?