Ian Gaigher

Ian Gaigher


Prof. Ian Gaigher is a zoologist with a long history of research and conservation in the Vhembe District. A founding board member of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve he is also the Convener of  the Conservation Task Team for the biosphere reserve responsible for planning future conservation areas. Ian worked for many years at the University of Venda before retiring to run the Lajuma Research Centre which he founded in the far-western Soutpansberg. This research facility is a resource for both local and leading international universities and has produced ground-breaking research towards conservation of the iconic Soutpansberg.

See: http://www.lajuma.com/


  1. Drivers of Biodiversity in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve.

    The Soutpansberg Mountains of northern South Africa run from west to east for some 210 km, ranging in altitude from 200 m to 1748 m (at Mt Lejuma); together with the Blouberg Mountains (which rise to 2050m) and the Makgabeng Plateau they form the core of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve. Rainfall varies from 367 mm […]
  2. Spatial Biodiversity Assessment of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve

    The Department of Environmental Affairs are appointing consultants to undertake an Environmental Management Framework (EMF) for the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve (Vhembe District and Blouberg Local Municipality) which will include an analysis of the current zonation (core conservation areas and buffer zones), suggest future conservation areas and publish land use guidelines. The objective of the EMF […]