Campaign description

In the years that we have run programmes in schools, we have learned that there are no unique names for each of the owls in languages such as isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. We learned that the Pedi name for all these owl species is Lerubise and the Zulu name for all these owls is isiKhova.

Children from (insert school) discussing the name of the Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus).


This was not helpful to them when we were teaching children about owls. This is a learner led initiative that we have been running since 2012. To date, we now have 13 schools that covers all the provinces of South Africa. So far, Children form Marlboro Secondary School, and Zenzeleni participate by going through a fact sheet of the birds, including their pictures and an owl naming guideline. The children have come up with names that they think are suitable.


All of the names have been giving to all the 12 species of owls found in South Africa in various languages.


Scroll down on this page to find the names determined by the school children.

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