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Conservation in action

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Celebrating gender equality in conservation

There is a number of women working at CapeNature in so-called non-conventional roles. The entity is known for creating an enabling environment where women employees can thrive and progress. 

Groenvlei Carp Project

The Invasive Fish Species Management Non Profit Company (IFSM) consists of a group of volunteers that approached CapeNature in 2018 to remove invasive carp from Groenvlei lake by means of fishing bows. Landscape South fauna image_Bontebok Kevin Shaw
Bontebok conservation

The Greater De Hoop Conservation Area is the stronghold of bontebok conservation. Together, De Hoop Nature Reserve and the adjacent Overberg Test Range support almost half of all bontebok on protected areas.

What we do

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8 Nov 2023 by Kallyn Gunkel
Guardians of the Sky: Cape Vultures in South Africa's Potberg Mountains

The Cape vultures of the Potberg Mountains are not just ecological linchpins but also cultural symbols in parts of southern Africa. CapeNature has been dedicated to the conservation and monitoring of these majestic birds for many years within CapeNature's De Hoop Nature Reserve, where the Potberg Mountains provide vital breeding habitat for the only population of Cape vultures in the Western Cape.

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29 Sep 2023
Cape Zebra Reunites With Family

On July 22, 2023, the CapeNature team from Kammanassie Nature Reserve carried out a critical rescue mission involving a Cape Mountain Zebra (CMZ) on the Diepprivier farm property in the Noll area, situated approximately 30 kilometers from Kammanassie.

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29 Sep 2023
CapeNature and a Community Rally to Save More Than a Thousand Seahorses

CapeNature’s marine rangers led a herculean effort with the support of the community and up to now more than a thousand seahorses were rescued and 720 have been returned to their natural habitat. They are being put back into the estuaries where they usually occur and where there is a huge eelgrass bed where they seek refuge and shelter and where they find their food.

Marine, coasts and estuaries
Land and freshwater ecosystems
Events Calendar
Young hikers from Hikers Network appreciating the beauty of a wetland during last years World Wetlands Day
2 Feb 2024
World Wetlands Day 2024
World Wetlands Day 2024
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23 Sep 2023 - 29 Sep 2023
Access Week 2023
Access Week 2023
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7 Sep 2023
Tourism Month Panel Discussion
Tourism Month Panel Discussion

Research and resource library

CapeNature staff collaborate extensively with researchers and conservation practitioners nationally and internationally. Conservation leadership and innovation publications enrich the thinking, understanding and appreciation of, and provide support for, the conservation of biodiversity and the value of protected areas.

You will find a selection of our recent peer-reviewed scientific papers from the last four years in our libary.

Latest resources

2023 State of Biodiversity Report

CapeNature has compiled State of Biodiversity reports every five years since 2002, and this is the fifth report. Building on the 2017 CapeNature State of Biodiversity Report, the last report published in the series, the 2023 Western Cape State of Biodiversity Report (2023 WC SOBR) covers the period from April 2017 to March 2023.

FAQs: Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD)

RHD is a deadly disease of rabbits and hares (lagomorphs) that has not been reported in South Africa before 2022.

State of Conservation Report 2022

This is the third State of Conservation Report to inform the periodic Western Cape State of Biodiversity Report, as mandated by the newly assented Western Cape Biodiversity Act, aimed at providing the status of indicators for assessing the global state of biodiversity.

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