Identifyit LogoThe South African National Biodiversity Institute – SANBI IDentifyit app is a practical tool for the identification of South African endangered and protected species. The app was created to assist customs officials but we’ve found it to be a handy companion for identifying some of the animals we see on our dives and hikes.

How does it work?

The SANBI IDentifyit app functions as an elimination key, starting first with a list of all the available species and then narrowing this down as the user inputs characteristics such as colour and size. Once you’ve identified a species, the app provides a Fact Sheet with tons of information on the distribution, stock status, and threats faced by the species.SANBI IDentifyit app screenshot

Where can I get the SANBI IDentifyit app?

The IDentifyit app is available from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, and online as a website.

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Dylan Irion

Dylan is a marine scientist and Save Our Seas Foundation project leader, working towards a PhD that aims to unravel the drivers of white shark population dynamics in South Africa. He is a passionate freediver and SCUBA diver, and volunteers as a Sea Rescue crew member.


Sun Yong Kim · Jun 23, 2020 at 2:37 am

Hello, my name is Sun Yong Kim, tourism develpment consultant in Korea. Can you recomend a biologist knowlegeable with South African penguin?
Some 15 years ago, I enjoyed visit at Boulders Beach Penguin farm as a tourist.

I am working on marine tourism resort projects and very curious to set up a penguin marine farm in Korea. Can you help me someone that can help me on this penguin resort project?

Sun Yong Kim

Email mobile phone 82 1089244712
Skype syk2417

Mike Barron · Jul 16, 2020 at 7:18 pm

Hi Sun, please send an email to and we will give you some information

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