De Hoop Nature Reserve

De Hoop Nature Reserve - Southern Africa : De Hoop Nature Reserve has an estimated 1 500 plant species in Sandstone, Limestone and Sand Fynbos. Some 108 are rare or threatened Red List species and 34 spp are endemic (occur only here). De Hoop has 86 mammal species, including Bontebuck, Cape Mo

De Hoop Nature Reserve has an estimated 1 500 plant species in Sandstone, Limestone and Sand Fynbos. Some 108 are rare or threatened Red List species and 34 spp are endemic (occur only here).

De Hoop has 86 mammal species, including Bontebuck, Cape Mountain Zebra, Eland, Grey Rhebuck, Baboon, Yellow Mongoose, Caracal,Leopard & Cape Clawless Otter.

De Hoop has over 260 bird species.
Potberg has the last breeding colony of Cape Vulture in the Western Cape.
The De Hoop Vlei a 19 km long, highly productive ecosystem, recognized as a Ramsar site. It supports many waterbirds: Lesser and Greater Flamingo, White Pelican, Chestnutband Plover and Caspian Tern - in wet years over 30 000 birds may occur. During the dry season: Curlew Sandpipers, Ruff, Little Stint, Whisker and Whitewing Terns feed. Fish Eagles, 12 spp of waterfowl, 13 spp of migrant wader are recorded.

The marine reserve protects dolphins, seals, Southern Right Whales (May to December) and at least 250 species of fish.

11 Jan 2015
Tony Rebelo