CapeNature has recently appointed Melita Weideman as their new field ranger at the Knersvlakte Conservation Area.
Weideman obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nature Conservation at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). She too brings with her experience in Project Management and invasive alien plant management.
Weideman is no stranger to the Succulent Karoo. Whilst studying, her dad, George Weideman, introduced her to Namaqualand and together they undertook various expeditions into the region. This aroused her interest in conservation. Weideman has thus developed a keen interest in succulent flora and reptiles and has published photographs on some of the flowering plants of Namaqualand. She has done voluntary work at Namaqua National Park and at the Richtersveld National Park as a conservation student.
Weideman’s core responsibilities will include field surveys, baseline data collection, ecological monitoring, assisting with research projects, law enforcement duties, survey and mapping of alien vegetation, assisting in fire management, project management, quality control, overseeing of contractors, assisting as Environmental Control Officer and providing assistance with environmental education.
“I am very excited to be on board Cape Nature’s team and to be part of this exciting new Conservation initiative.” She says “I am looking forward to work with and to learn from the CapeNature team.”