Membership of the Zoological Society of Southern Africa is open to all with an interest in Zoology or involved in Zoological research.

Membership Categories

Institutional Members

Any bonafide institution or society with an interest in zoology or any other object of the Society is eligible for Institutional membership.

Ordinary Members

Any person over the age of 18 years is eligible for Ordinary Membership.

 Retired Members/Pensioners

Any person, over the age of 60, and who is retired, is eligible for this class of membership. Such a member will enjoy all the rights and privileges of an Ordinary member.

Student Members

Any person under the age of 18 years and/or a bonafide student at any school, university or other educational institution in southern Africa approved by the Council, is eligible for Student Membership, provided he or she had not been a post Honours or equivalent student for more than four years, or is not in full time employment. A student Member must provide proof that he or she is a full- time student.

Overseas Members

Any person over the age of 18 years who, permanently or for a period of 9 months or more consecutively, resides outside southern Africa is eligible for Overseas Membership.

Honorary Members

An honorary Member is any person who is a prominent zoologist or has, in the opinion of the Council, in a great measure helped the Society or furthered its aims and objects.

Extended membership

Any person over the age of 18 years is eligible for extended membership upon payment of a sum prescribed by Council.

Life Membership

An Ordinary Member who retires and has been a member for 25 consecutive years may be nominated a Life Member at the discretion of the Council.

Family Membership

Any two persons eligible for ordinary or student membership and married to each other are eligible for Family Membership. Only one copy of the Journal and Newsletter will be received. At Conferences both family members will pay the full registration fee for members.

Associate Membership

Associate, rather than full membership of the Society is available to a person whose expertise falls within the ambit of an affiliated specialist Group, recognised by Council, but outside that of the general activities of the Society. Associate members will pay a lesser subscription fee determined by Council, but are not entitled to receive the Journal free of charge. At conferences associate members will pay the full registration fee of an ordinary member.

Membership Rates

Membership rates are currently renewed every second year. Paid up members therefore remain active members for two years from the date of membership registration/renewal to the same date two years later after which they will be reminded to renew their membership.

Currently the following rates apply:

Membership type Two- year membership fee
African Members: Ordinary membership R400.00 or $32.00
African Members: Student and Pensioner membership R240.00 or $20.00
African Members: Family R420.00 or $34.00
African members: Extended membership (10-year membership, once off payment) R2400 (local) or $200
Non-African member: Ordinary membership R1000.00 or $80.00
Non-African members: Student and pensioner membership R500.00 or $40.00
Non-African members: Family membership R1100.00 or $90.00
Non-African members: institutional membership R1200.00 or $98.00
Non-African members: Extended membership (10-year membership, once off payment) R4500.00 or $350.00

Benefits of ZSSA membership:

Access to Society Publications:

  • Current African Zoology (AZ) on-line and/or in print
  • Digital access to archives of AZ from 1992-present
  • Current Aardvark on-line
  • Discount of page charges associated with publishing in AZ

Bi-annual meetings of ZSSA:

  • Discount on registration

Showcase of current research in southern Arica

  • Opportunities for networking and professional development

Student benefits:

  • Reduced membership rates*
  • Eligible for student awards
  • Eligible for annual student travel award to international conference
  • Recognition of outstanding student research through Graduate Research Awards for both oral and poster presentations at ZSSA meetings
  • *ALSO AVAILABLE TO PENSIONERS

African zoologists benefit:

  • Reduced rates for members from African countries

Members’ Services pages

  • Free posting of job announcements
  • Free sharing of bursaries and potential funding

Communication with other members and the Society:

  • ZSSA Facebook and LinkedIn accounts for instant communication and announcements
  • Regular updates about upcoming events and Society business