In January 2004, herpetologists from the University of Stellenbosch, the University of the Western Cape, the University of Cape Town and CapeNature decided to form a herpetological club and to meet on a monthly basis. From the start, these meetings were highly successful and in October the same year, during the Seventh Herpetological Association of Africa Symposium, it was decided to have CapeHerp as the official name for the club and also to expand the set objectives of the club.
Objectives of CapeHerp
To provide a forum for communication.
To provide a platform for the coordination of herpetological research in the Western Cape.
To have a centralised website for effective marketing of herpetological research programmes.
To offer a herptological module as part of Honours courses at the three universities in the Western Cape.
To have a body with higher bargaining power than the individual.
To recruit new herpetologists.