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18 Apr 2024 by Image: Jannie Swanepoel, Blog: Luke Folb
Another first for the Cape mountain zebra genetic rescue project

The Cape mountain zebra known as GB42 has had an exciting year! In January, this stallion from Gamkaberg Nature Reserve sired a foal with genetic material from two of the three genetically distinct stocks of the species. In March, there was proof that 2023 was a busy year for GB42 after a second foal was born with genes from all three stocks.

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15 Apr 2024
More Reserves Added to the CapeNature Mobile App: Adventure Awaits!

What does this mean for you? More destinations to travel to and explore at the ease of your fingertips! CapeNature is making local travel an easier with the latest update to our visitor mobile app!

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15 Apr 2024
CapeNature shines bright at WTM as attendance grows

World Travel Market (WTM) Africa concluded with impressive momentum, reflecting a 53% increase in attendees, indicating robust growth in African tourism.

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9 Apr 2024
Slackpacking at Cederberg Wilderness Concessionaire Opportunities

CapeNature has identified an experiential walking tour, commonly known as ‘slackpacking’, as a potential for income generation, at the popular World Heritage site, Cederberg Wilderness Reserve, near Clanwilliam. 

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5 Apr 2024
Springbok star sends zebra foal naming competition winners a special message

The Kammanassie Nature Reserve recently held a competition for locally based primary school learners where they had to name a Cape mountain zebra foal born earlier this year.

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5 Apr 2024
Guardians of the galaxias: How partnerships are key to identification and conservation of unique fynbos fish taxa

The Cape galaxias, Galaxias zebratus, are a small-bodied freshwater fish with a wide distribution in the Cape Fold Ecoregion. While being described as far back as 1861, it was only recently discovered that the single widespread species is a species complex comprising several unique and genetically diverse lineages.

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5 Apr 2024 by Dr Marienne De Villiers
Stanford Bird Club helps CapeNature count over 12,000 waterbirds at De Hoop Vlei

With the help of six members from the Stanford Bird Club, 12,233 waterbirds belonging to 41 species were counted on De Hoop Vlei this month. Of these, 70% were Red-knobbed Coot and 11% were Egyptian Geese. Two threatened species, the Great White Pelican and Caspian Tern were recorded – both are classified as Vulnerable on the South African Red List.

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5 Apr 2024
CapeNature cheers on athletes at SANCF Boulder Selection Competition

In March, CapeNature hosted a stand at the Festival of Climbing and SANCF Boulder Selection Competition. The event determines who will represent South Africa at the IFSC Youth World Championships taking place later this year in China.

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2 Apr 2024
Senior Citizens Save 30%: Discover CapeNature's Self-Catering Accommodation Deals!

The Western Cape has so much to see and discover that it would take a lifetime to explore it all! As you reach your golden years, there’s no better time in your life than to spend summertime frolicking in nature.

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28 Mar 2024
Unusual bird species welcomed at CapeNature’s Bird Island this summer

CapeNature’s Bird Island Nature Reserve in Lambert’s Bay, known for its stunning seafront vistas and diverse birdlife, recently hosted unexpected visitors that sent bird enthusiasts into a frenzy. In a rare sighting, four Australasian Gannets and two Brown Boobies made a surprise visit to the island.

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21 Mar 2024
The importance of our natural water sources and Water Day 2024

It is widely known that South Africa, and in particular the Western Cape, suffers from water scarcity. This reality underscores the critical need to prioritise the conservation of freshwater ecosystems and their catchments to ensure a sustainable supply of water for both biodiversity and human consumption. The provision of water is categorised as one of the ecosystem services offered by natural freshwater ecosystems.

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6 Mar 2024
Battling the Blazes: Record-Setting Summer Fire Season

CapeNature and its partners has experienced a grueling Summer fire season which ravaged a substantial number of hectares throughout the Western Cape.