PRECIS (National Herbarium Pretoria (PRE) Computerised Information System) is based at the National Herbarium in Pretoria. The mission of PRECIS is to develop, maintain, and expand an electronic database system on southern African plants (the region south of the Limpopo and Kunene Rivers) to provide an efficient customer-driven information service and to produce electronic and publishable products.
The Lesley Hill Laboratory is the main facility for SANBI's Molecular Ecology and Evolution Program (MEEP). The laboratory also houses a national DNA bank for plants, and a tissue bank for South African reptiles in connection with the Southern African Reptile Conservation Assessment.
As of end 2008, the database comprised details of over 2 000 animal tissue accessions and close to 5 000 plant accessions.
The Southern African Bird Atlas Project started in July 2007, so it has been running for almost three and a half years. To date, over 800 SABAP2 atlasers have collected more than two million records of bird distribution from more than 75% of the quarter degree grid cells in the SABAP2 region. Most of the SABAP1 data were collected in the period 1987–1991, 20 years ago. The SABAP1 database contains seven million records. One of the SABAP2 objectives is to see how the distributions of the bird spe…
The Cape Floristic Region is one of the world's six floral kindoms, yet its phenomenal floral diversity is under extreme threat and more than 17 species have gone extinct in the past few decades. 72% of South Africa's threatened plants are found in this area. This resource contains 965 rare and threatened species.
Bird ringing started in 1948 in southern Africa and is thus the longest running bird monitoring project in the sub-region. Although the data are biased to areas where ringers operated, it is an invaluable record of bird occurrence and distribution changes, arrival and departure times of migrants, survival and mass data in historical times.The South African Bird Ringing Unit (SAFRING), which is an essential arm of the Animal Demography Unit, administers bird ringing in southern Africa.
South Africa (S.A.) has a rich arachnid fauna with about 5000 known species, which represent 6% of the global arachnid diversity. Currently 75% of the arachnids are endemic to S.A.. The South African National Survey of Arachnida (SANSA) was initiated in 1997. SANSA is an umbrella project dedicated to unify and strengthen biodiversity research on arachnids in S.A.