Dave Pepler Profile, Education, Biography & Achievements

Dave Pepler is a popular South African environmentalist, writer, lecturer. He was born in Robertson in the Western Cape, where he grew up. He is also famous for the face of Groen, one of the icons of KykNET.


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Dave Pepler, Rian Swiegers – Bospraatjies – 28 Nov 2018; Source – YouTube
  • Name: Dave Pepler
  • Place of birth: Robertson in the Western Cape
  • Occupation: Environmentalist, writer, lecturer
  • Nationality: South African
  • Gender: male


He studied at the Saasveld Forestry College where he obtained a National Diploma in Forestry. He also holds an MPhil in Zoology from Cambridge (UK).

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He gained many audiences as the face of Groen, one of the icons of KykNET. 

As a presenter, Dave has been presenting this environmental programme for about ten (10) years now. And here in South Africa, the programme is among the most viewed on TV.

But, Greon represents a small part of Dave’s interest, contributions, and activities.


In 2001, he was awarded the Molteno Medal of the Cape Tercentenary Foundation. 

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After six (6) years, he was awarded the 2007 Stevenson Hamilton Award, the highest honor of the Zoological Society of South Africa. 

Dave’s interest in the environment has taken him places both at home and abroad. He has spent 40 years in the career and covered four (4) continents and many countries.

Dave is a lecturer and is involved at the Centre for Invasive Biology at Stellenbosch University. “He also operates as an environmental consultant to Africa, Chile, Tanzania, and Uganda.”

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As a writer, he has written articles for VISI and INSIG and still writes on a regular basis.


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