Mirriam Plaatjies
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. Landscape South fauna image_Great White Shark Hennie Otto
Monitoring the Great White Shark

The waters around Dyer Island are an important seasonal feeding ground for great white sharks. Researchers working through Dyer Island Conservation Trust have demonstrated a decrease in white shark sightings around the island since 2017. 

Fig 2 The Brenton Blue butterfly Orachrysops niobe a Male Photo credit A Coetzer
Possibly extinct Brenton blue butterfly

Of the two localities at which it is known to have occurred, the Brenton blue butterfly is now extinct at one (Nature’s Valley) and possibly extinct at the other (the Brenton Blue Butterfly Reserve near Knysna). 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.

5 2 3 6 Ecological monitoring De Hoop Cape Vulture Kevin Shaw
Monitoring the Cape Vulture Colony

The Cape Vulture Colony at De Hoop Nature Reserve is one of the few populations of Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres) that is increasing in numbers. This is the only resident vulture within the Western Cape and is currently is listed as endangered. According to the IUCN conservation status report the global population is decreasing.

Grootvadersbosch Eco venue
Grootvadersbosch skills training and jobs help uplift Hessequa community

From an EPWP contract position at Stony Point Reserve to conservation assistant at De Mond Nature Reserve and, most recently, an appointment as full-time field ranger at Grootvadersbosch – Nico du Preez’s career progress is a shining example of a CapeNature success story.

Walker Bay
Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy

In 1999, a group of landowners established a conservancy to protect the fynbos in Walker Bay in the Western Cape. The conservancy collectively manages 12 179 hectares of land. The Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy uses cooperative partnerships to conserve the natural splendour of the south-western Cape coast. The Cape floral region, home to the sixth, and smallest, floral kingdom in the world, is internationally recognised as a biodiversity hotspot and a world heritage site.