Benfontein Nature Reserve

Benfontein Nature Reserve

Benfontein Nature Reserve - Southern Africa : Benfontein is a small reserve of 11 000 acres 6 kilometres south of Kimberely that straddles the Northern Cape/Free State border. It is a transitional zone where Nama-Karoo, grassland and arid Kalahari thornveld savanna meet, making it a hotspot for speci

Benfontein is a small reserve of 11 000 acres 6 kilometres south of Kimberely that straddles the Northern Cape/Free State border. It is a transitional zone where Nama-Karoo, grassland and arid Kalahari thornveld savanna meet, making it a hotspot for species diversity. It boosts 260 species of bird, including international and national rairites like whiteback vulture, tawny and martial eagles, blue crane, secretarybird, ludwigs and kori bustards, and blue korhaan. 12 kinds of lark and 5 kinds of pipits are here too, along with 40 colonies of sociable weavers. But perhaps Benfontein is most famous for its nocturnal carnivores, like the black-footed cat, aardwolf, aardvark, bat-eared fox, cape fox and black-backed jackal. Important research into black-footed cats, sociable weavers and aardwolves is taking place here.
My aim with this project is to attempt to show the biodiversity of this reserve as a microcosm of this region and the Diamond Route. Small reserves like this can be just as important as big, famous reserves like Kruger

26 Jun 2016
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