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4 Aug 2023
CapeNature Refutes Petition on Trail Closures at Jonkershoek and Hottentots Holland Reserves

A petition making the rounds, claiming that CapeNature is systematically shutting down hiking trails in the Western Cape, particularly at Jonkershoek and Hottentots Holland nature reserves, holds no truth.

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3 Aug 2023
Midweek Special - Stay for 3 Only Pay for 2

Wake up to the sound of birds humming, views that enlighten and encourage your mood for the day, and cosy accommodation that makes you feel at home, but instead, you find yourself immersed in the wonders of CapeNature’s 25 nature reserves.

2 Aug 2023
Move to Protect Wildlife From Snares in the Western Cape

Several leading conservation, animal welfare and volunteer organisations have joined forces to launch a project aimed at providing a coordinated response to snared wildlife incidents, as well as improved training, data collection and awareness about snaring in the Western Cape.

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28 Jul 2023
Western Cape Disaster Management on High Alert for Very Cold Weekend

The Western Cape Disaster Management Centre is putting measures in place to deal with what is predicted to be a very cold weekend in the Western Cape. An intense cut-off low weather system is making landfall this evening, and heavy rains, strong coastal winds, together with very low temperatures and snow over high lying areas, are expected, Anton Bredell, Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning said today.

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25 Jul 2023 by Jillian Fredericks, Ecological Intern, Biodiversity Capabilities
From Laws to Conservation: Protecting Seabirds in South Africa’s Coastal Waters

Seabird protection in South Africa is ensured through the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No. 10 of 2004), and the Sea birds and Seals Protection Act (No. 46 of 1973). These laws specifically address the conservation of biodiversity and safeguarding marine habitats and their inhabitants. The marine environment, covering 70% of the Earth’s surface, plays a vital role in supporting diverse species and providing valuable ecosystem services.

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11 Jul 2023 by Marienne de Villiers, CapeNature Ecologist Fauna
Marine Protected Areas With a Focus on the De Hoop Marine Protected Area

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are crucial for safeguarding species and maintaining the balance of ecosystems. They also contribute to the sustainability of fisheries, which in turn supports livelihoods and boosts the economy. In South Africa, at least 3.6 million people depend on coastal food resources for subsistence, MPAs are managed through the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act (Act No. 57 of 2003) and associated regulations. CapeNature oversees six of the 13 MPAs along the Western Cape coast, including the De Hoop MPA.

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10 Jul 2023
Five CapeNature Reserves to Visit for Wellness

Nature has long been associated with healing, relaxation, and rejuvenation. The vast landscapes and unique environments found at CapeNature reserves in South Africa offer the perfect backdrop for visitors looking for a wellness escape. Here are five CapeNature reserves that offer the perfect blend of outdoor adventure and wellness activities for visitors.

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1 Jul 2023
The Cape Karoo: Tranquil Waterfalls, Stargazing Skies, Serenity, and Off the Grid

The Cape Karoo is truly a remarkable place with its rugged mountain ranges and captivating plant life. Its unique beauty lies in the serene and secluded surroundings, offering a sense of tranquillity and peace. The region is renowned for its historic wonders, including the famous Cango Caves, which showcase breath taking underground formations and enchanting waterfalls that cascade down rocky cliffs, adding to its natural allure.

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20 Jun 2023
CapeNature Support Schools and Communities With Sustainable Indigenous Gardens

CapeNature recently launched its Greening Initiatives, a new project under its Plant One Million Trees campaign. The project intends to help communities and schools become more environmentally friendly by assisting them with planning, creating, and maintaining indigenous gardens, with the emphasis on sustainable gardening practices.

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13 Jun 2023 by Phunyuzwa Xhegwana and Phindile Gazu
Biodiversity Crimes Awareness Initiatives in the South Landscape

CapeNature is a managing authority that protects naturally occurring plant and animal life (biodiversity) in the Western Cape. Awareness and capacity-building initiatives were conducted in collaboration with local stakeholders in the respective landscape units.

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13 Jun 2023 by Philippa Huntly, Mainstream Specialist
The Biodiversity of the Western Cape

The annual CapeNature Conservation Review provides an opportunity to highlight some of the achievements over the last year related to our work in Biodiversity Conservation, Tourism, and Community Engagement.

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2 Jun 2023
Conservation Review 2023

As we celebrate World Environment Day on June 5th, CapeNature is thrilled to present a selection of captivating presentations that were prepared for the 2023 Conservation Review.