LepiMAP is a citizen science project which aims to determine the distribution and conservation priorities of butterflies and moths on the African continent. LepiMAP is building the 21st century distribution maps for Africa's butterflies and moths. It is a partnership between the Lepidopterists’ Society of Africa and the Animal Demography Unit at the University of Cape Town.
The purpose of the Animal Demography Unit (ADU) is to contribute to the understanding of biodiversity, and thus provide input to biodiversity conservation. We achieve this through programmes that involve citizen scientists, long-term monitoring, research and innovative statistical modelling.
The Lepidopterists' Society of Africa (known mainly as LepSoc) was initiated as an NGO in 1983. LepSoc created a forum for lepidopterists to communicate with each other. LepSoc's focus has shifted from specialists and collectors to a wider, more public conservation-focused approach.