Drylands Conservation Programme


The Cape Critical Rivers team (co-managed by EWT-DCP and EWT-STS) is a partnership between the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), CapeNature, Freshwater Research Centre (FRC) and the Department of Environment and Nature Conservation – Northern Cape (DENC) and we are proud to announce that the project recently received the prestigious Mail & Guardian Greening the Future Award in the Biodiversity Stewardship category. The project works on integrated and holistic solutions in the beautiful but threatened rivers of the Cape Floristic Region to address the problems facing freshwater conservation. Well done, team and all partners!

By Zoe Woodgate, the EWT MSc student studying at the UCT
The Sanbona Wildlife Reserve sports spectacular flora and fauna, and is well known as a top tourist destination. In 2006 there was the first official sighting of the Riverine Rabbit (Bunolagus monticularis) in the southern section of the Reserve and this discovery sparked interest and further surveys to find even more rabbits prowling the Renosterveld of Sanbona.

Recently the Endangered Wildlife Trust, in partnership with Sanbona and Liesl Eichenberger (Sanbona’s experienced ecologist), started a yearlong camera trap survey with the objective of finding out a way to obtain density estimates of the rabbit from camera trap surveys. Over 90 cameras were deployed in Sanbona by Zoe Woodgate, an MSc student from the University of Cape Town.... READ MORE

This year saw the restoration team completing the second phase of our restoration site on the farm Maanhaarspoort in the Wagenaarskraal Conservancy, just off the N12 outside Victoria West. Our hopes were high following the good results we had on the Sakrivierspoort site in 2013. However 2014 proved to be a record-breaking year in many respects – in all the worst ways! The site experienced extreme cold – even salted Karoo-dwellers reckon they can’t remember experiencing such a cold winter, and, to add insult to injury, it was excessively windy and very, very dry – even more so than usual. None of these conditions were conducive to successful veld restoration – which is challenging enough during “normal” years. As a result the survival rates of the bossies planted was poor. During this year’s work we are exploring ways to protect the newly planted bossies with basic shade cloth structures. Once again LandCare’s (Beaufort West) Stefan Theron has kindly provided valuable insight and advice to the restoration efforts.

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Mail & Guardian Greening the Future AWARD for the Cape Critical Rivers Project - 27 July 2015

Oewerkonyn se bewaring is hoogste prioriteit - BURGER newspaper 3 Dec 2013



Elizabeth Wakeman Henderson
Charitable Foundation
Rona & Koos Rupert Opvoedkundige Trust

The EWT-DCP partners with various national and international stakeholders and roleplayers, such as CapeNature, Department of Tourism, Environment and Conservation (DENC), SANParks, Karoo National Park, Department of Agriculture of the Western Cape, private landowners, IUCN/SSC Lagomorph Specialist Group, University of Stellenbosch, Mammal Research Institute of the University of Pretoria and others.