I still think he’s one of the warmest, most natural, funny, wise, well-balanced wildlife presenters I have ever seen. I wish we could see more programmes with him in them, say, eg exploring other parts of Africa.
Jonathan is phenomenal at what he does and how he teaches!
When travelers visit Kruger National Park in South Africa they expect to see plenty of wildlife. Most come hoping to spot the “Big Five” which includes lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos, but they’ll also see plenty of zebras, monkeys, and hippos too. What most don’t know is that South Africa also has more than 160 species of scorpions and countless spiders as well. While those critters aren’t quite as popular as the elephants and lions of Kruger, they can still be fun to spot while visiting the park.
On my recent visit to Kruger I had the unique opportunity to spend a day searching for a variety of scorpion and spider species with Jonathan Leeming, author of the book Scorpions of Southern Africa. Leeming has spent more than 25 years studying the creepy crawlies of Kruger and trekking through the bush with him is akin to tracking crocodiles with Australia’s late, great Steve Irwin. Much like Irwin, Leeming has the same enthusiasm for his work, and a big personality to match his energy. He is also extremely knowledgeable. Leeming has probably knows more about South Africa’s scorpion population than most people will ever know.
Jonathan has always been a great friend of the Miss Earth South Africa and we have had the honour of working with him and the Scorpion Adventures team for a number of years. His presentations are always informative and thorough and always leave one with a new-found appreciation and a profound sense of understanding for these much maligned 8-legged creatures. We look forward to continuing our work with Jonathan for many years to come.
I’ve attended many wildlife and conservation courses in my time, however your presentation style, visuals, manual, workbook and assessment dinstinguish this course from all the others. Well done on a professional and superior course.
Keep up the great work!
Thanks Jonathan! It was very interesting and you did well with presenting it in such a way that it is easily understandable. We have really enjoyed it and would like to do some scorpion as well as spider courses and walks in future!
On behalf of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History (former Transvaal Museum), I would like to thank you again for such a wonderful evening lecture that you gave at the museum on the 24 April 2012.
The public had been looking forward to this event and you surely didn’t disappoint. The presentation, coupled with your special brand of humour, made it an enjoyable evening for all who attended. The success of the talk was clearly highlighted by the large and diverse crowd that attended. It was actually the first time that we attracted even learners to an evening lecture.
We received a lot of commending letters from the public and they are already enquiring about the possibility of a future lecture on spiders. Please let me know how you feel about this.
You have an excellent way of sharing your information and providing insight to us have not yet developed your passion for the little creatures. We look forward to a visit in the field with you soon. Many thanks indeed for joining us and showing such extraordinary visuals.
What an amazing course! You have changed my perceptions of these animals for ever.
Thanks a million, I appreciate it very much!! It was a highly informative lecture and I enjoyed it tremendously!
I really enjoyed the evening. It was most interesting , but also entertaining.
Thank you so much for the course, it is the most comprehensive course of its kind that I have ever been on, it was sure worth every penny! You have opened up a whole new world for me and the guides and I know it will serve them well in the future.
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