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Who We Are


Hoedspruit Reptile Centre and Save The Snakes have joined forces to launch a snake conservation initiative in Hoedspruit, South Africa. SECAP or Snake Education and Community Awareness Program aims to engage with learners, community members and healthcare workers in the greater Kruger-to-Canyon area to help mitigate human-snake conflict by educating individuals about snakes in order to reduce the number of snakebites that occur in our region. Save The Snakes is an international non-profit organisation dedicated exclusively to mitigate human-snake conflict around the world and Hoedspruit Reptile Centre is one of the oldest reptile centres dedicated to the preservation and conservation of African reptiles and amphibians.

The five cogs that make up our conservation model work together to ensure that we have a holistic approach towards mitigating human-snake conflict and education people about snakes. In order to implement our program, we also build key partnerships with organisations that already have existing projects in the areas that we work. This ensures that we work together to tackle challenges facing biodiversity and enhance education efforts to our target audiences.

Our Team


Hiral Naik

Hi, I'm Hiral, Africa Program Manager at Save The Snakes and Co-founder of SECAP. I am a PhD candidate at the University of Witwatersrand focusing on the assessment of snakebite in South Africa

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Christopher Cooke

Hi, I'm Chris, Owner/Director at Hoedspruit Reptile Centre and Co-founder of SECAP. I ensure that the role of the centre as an education and research organisation is maintained through our various projects.


Jessica Briner

Hi, I'm Jess, a registered veterinarian with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, South African Veterinary Council and South African Veterinary Association. I assist with all reptile emergencies at the Hoedspruit Reptile Centre.


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