Dave Pepler (born 2 February 1950 in Robertson) is a renowned South African environmentalist. The 71-year-old has loads of achievements and his work has gained recognition.

Dave is also a writer and also lectures, and boasts of over four decades (40 years) experience in his career.


Dave Pepler profile
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NameDave Pepler
Born2 February 1950 (age 71 years)
BirthplaceRobertson, the Western Cape
NationalitySouth African
EducationForestry, Animal Science
Alma materSaasveld, Cambridge, the United Kingdom
ProfessionEnvironmentalist, writer


The award-winning environmentalist’s date of birth is on 2 February 1950 and the place of birth is in Robertson, the Western Cape, South Africa. Dave Pepler is 71 years old and his birthday celebration comes up every year on February 2nd.

According to him, he spent his weekends with his grandparents, Boy le Roux (Grandfather) and Lilly le Roux (Grandmother), while growing up. He grew up under the care of Maria Klink. Growing up, he saw school as absolute torture as he was known as “the fattest kid in town”.


  • Colorful India with Dave Pepler (5 March -19 March 2020).
  • Exotic Borneo with Dave Pepler: (5 March – 15 March 2021).
  • Essence of RĂ©union and Madagascar: (11 April – 20 April 2021).


Dave had his matriculation at Robertson High and furthered his academic pursuit at Saasveld. He studied Forestry at the institution. 

After which he furthered his academic pursuit at Cambridge, the United Kingdom. From the institution, he obtained a Master of Philosophy in Animal Science. 


On January 5, 2004, he appeared first on the screen of the television nature show Groen. Ever since he has been presenting.

Every week, Dave records a program in a new environment giving viewers of the show an “up-close” and “personal experience” of nature.

He travels around South Africa. He also travels to neighboring countries including Namibia, Botswana, Tanzania, and Zanzibar. His grandfather Boy le Roux encouraged him to explore the veldt as a youngster. Today it has brought him to the limelight.

Dave lectured at the Department of Environmental Ecology at the University of Stellenbosch and retired in 2005.

He is still involved Centre for Invasive Biology (CIB), the United States, and still is a lecturer. Currently, Dave operates as an environmental consultant to Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, and Chile. As a writer, he regularly writes for VISI and INSIG.


He has taken home several awards in different categories. In 2001, he bagged the Molteno Medal of the Cape Tercentenary Foundation for his contribution to conservation. 

The year 2007 came with another award for Dave. He bagged the Stevenson Hamilton Award for his contribution to Zoology. The award happens to be the highest honor of the Zoological Society of South Africa.


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  2. Dave Pepler“. TVSA retrieved 15/03/2021.