Ruan I. Stander

Ruan Stander has been interested in reptiles and amphibians since early childhood. He grew up in the city of Polokwane (formerly Pietersburg), Limpopo Province, South Africa and has also lived in Modimolle (formerly Nylstroom) and Vivo. He has spent most of his life in the Limpopo Province and currently resides in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Ruan has been deeply fascinated by all aspects of the natural world from an early age. He has 16 years’ experience working with wild reptiles and has conducted herpetofauna surveys in Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), South Africa, Lesotho and Tanzania. Ruan serves on the expert identification panel of the Biodiversity and Development Institute (BDI) and the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology ReptileMAP project. Since 2015, he has diligently studied the reptiles of the Limpopo Province and Kruger National Park – the subject of his first book, published in September 2023. In February 2024, he co-authored Blouberg Nature Reserve: A Visitor's Guide

Stander has been writing and publishing since 2016. In addition to his two books, he has contributed numerous articles (both popular and scientific) as well as a variety of scientific short communications. He is an avid photographer and his images have been featured in publications such as A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa, Snakes of Malawi and Conservation status of the reptiles of South Africa, Eswatini and Lesotho.

Ruan has several years of experience in the tourism and field guiding industry, and since 2022 he has been working in research and administration in the tertiary education sector.

Ruan Stander's photographs of African reptiles are featured in the following publications:

Ruan Stander; Ruan I. Stander; Tanzania; Frogs; Herpetofauna; Africa; East Africa; Amphibians; Reptiles; FGASA; Field Guiding; Surveying; Biodiversity; Herp Nomad

Ruan surveying amphibians in Tanzania.

Ruan taking a break during fieldwork in the Soutpansberg.