Sunday Times

Top observer


Botanist Tony Rebelo is the biggest contributo­r to the biodiversi­ty app iNaturalis­t in SA. Having identified 10,203 species in 139,649 observatio­ns, he ranks among their top five observers in the world. “I’ve always been interested in getting people involved, right from when I joined the Botanical Society in 1979,” says Rebelo, who launched the Protea Atlas in the early ’90s to map species distributi­on. “In those days we were paperbased and I would go to the post office to get reports.”

The author of The Field guide to Proteas of Southern Africa, he verifies more than 95% of protea sightings recorded on iNaturalis­t.

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