Fynbos Feline

Caracal caracal  The caracal is a striking medium-sized, robustly built cat with long powerful legs, large paws, a short tail and ear tips with long hair tufts. In South Africa, the caracal is also known as a ‘rooikat’ or ‘lynx.’ And although...

Invasive Alien Plants

INVASIVE ALIEN PLANT SPECIES Simply put…an alien species is a non-native plant or animal that is introduced to a region outside its natural area of distribution and threatens the indigenous biological diversity.   The management and control of Invasive...

When a mole is not a mole!

The Cape Golden Mole (Chrysochloris asiatica) is a small, blind, insectivorous mammal, and not remotely related to rodent moles. The Cape Golden Mole is solitary. They normally burrow just below the sand surface, leaving a distinctive humped trail. Each adult...

Pollination & Fybos

Briefly pollination can be defined as the transfer of pollen from anther of a male plant to the stigma, ovule or flower of a female plant of the same species. This pollen then fertilizes the plant. Only fertilized plants can make fruit and/or seeds, and without them,...

Wildlife in Fynbos

WILDLIFE AND FYNBOS In the past large mammals such as elephants, rhino and buffalo roamed the Western Cape including the fynbos dominated coastal and coastal lowland areas. Today all but a few of the larger antelope species had disappeared, hunted to the last one by...

#FynbosFans

A brief introduction to the Fynbos Biome of South Africa Fynbos is an evergreen, hard-leaved Mediterranean type shrubland that occurs on nutrient-poor soils. The name is derived from the Dutch word Fijnboch which when literally translated means ‘fine bush’. Most...