PROT EC T I O N O F N AT UR A L HER ITAGE: BIODIVE RSITY CONSE RVATION
G RO OTB OS PR IVAT E NATURE RESERVE SOUTH AFRICA
Restoring a High-Biodiversity Habitat: Cape Floral Kingdom Located on the coast east of Cape Town, Grootbos comprises 6,425 acres of reclaimed habitat in the Cape Floral Kingdom. A mosaic of abandoned farms and degraded environments when owner Michael Lutzeyer first laid eyes on it in 1991, Grootbos has become a flourishing reserve of unique and endemic lowland fynbos and centuries-old milkwood trees. Several new floral species have been identified on the land. The lodge owners have expanded their efforts to conserve this fragile ecosystem by founding the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy, partnering with 26 other landowners to protect more than 37,066 acres of high-biodiversity habitats. Grootbos also employs local villagers and funds community development programs, including a horticultural college that provides job training for unemployed youth.
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