Mokopane Biodiversity Conservation Centre was established in 1979 and opened to the public in October 1981, as a satellite station of the National Zoological Garden, Pretoria Zoo (NZG). In 2004 the NZG was proclaimed as a National Facility.

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Visitor Information

The Centre covers an area of 1334 ha, comprising of a Zoo like environment, breeding camps and a free ranging area, all accommodating a large variety of African species as well as species form other continents.

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Garden Rules

To enjoy your visit and protect our natural heritage and please abide to the following rules: NB visitors caught breaking the rules may be fined, banned for the premises or prosecuted.

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Morning feeding trips

One can join our staff as they go out to the breeding camps to feed the Buffalo and Roan Antelope. One may view different animals on route within the nature reserve of the Centre.

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Game drives

Groups are taken into the nature reserve to view the biodiversity with our staff, who will share and discuss various aspects of biodiversity and our operational activities.

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The Mokopane (formerly Potgietersrus) Town Council approached the National Zoological Garden (NZG) to establish a project similar to that of the Lichtenberg Game Breeding Centre which was established in 1974.

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Through the decades

The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (NZG) has always been semi-government institution/agency. Initially it was part of the National Department of Sport, Art, Culture, Science and Technology.

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Currently the Centre has no shops, restaurant nor canteen. It is advisable that visitors purchase what they need before arrival.

If one has forgotten something or needs to top-up on what has finished, you are welcome to inform the cashier at reception that you wish to leave to purchase your needs in Mokopane town and that you will be returning.

If you do not inform the cashier of your intended return you may be charged for a second time. Only those leaving will be permitted to return without charges but if there are additional people in the vehicle with your return, the entry fee is payable for those people.



Did you know vultures feed on carrion (dead carcasses) and do not kill their own prey? Their feet are weak and better suited to walking on the ground than to picking up prey