By Dr Marienne de Villiers, CapeNature Faunal Ecologist Sharptooth catfish Clarias gariepinus are rather remarkable creatures. They are omnivorous feeders, have high fecundity (can produce many offspring) and survive in a wide range of water quality conditions. In addition, they possess a primitive accessory air breathing organ which enables them to survive out of water for […]
By Jeanne Gouws, CapeNature Ecologist Water is a finite resource, which leads to various pressures on this resource driven by the right of every citizen on this planet for access to enough clean water. For example, the drought of 2016 to 2018 in the Western Cape has highlighted the need for the sustainable management of […]
We are very proud to announce that the first annual State of Conservation Report for the Western Cape is complete and ready for release. This succinct and visually rich report provides an overview of the status of priority conservation indicators as at the end of 2019. The report highlights achievements, challenges, impacts and urgent actions required. Significant […]
The African Penguin has seen a large decrease in numbers during the 20th century. This precious species is now endangered and the Penguin Promises Waddle is taking place this week.The African Penguin currently faces many threats and the population is dwindling at an alarming rate.Did you know historically, the decrease in numbers was from egg and guano harvesting? However, since these harvestings have stopped, marine pollution and depleted food sources from overfishing has led to the continuous decrease in numbers.