Grootbos Foundation

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The Grootbos Foundation is part of eco-tourism destination Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, based outside of Cape Town, South Africa. It emphasizes environmental preservation and education throughout the country.

Background

The Grootbos Nature Reserve is on the Agulhas Plain in South Africa.

The Grootbos Private Nature Reserve founded the Grootbos Foundation in 2005. The reserve itself serves as a tourism destination that focuses on the unique ecosystem of the area. It offers guuided tours and environmental activities to its guests. [1]

Location

The reserve is on the southern tip of South Africa, which is one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world. It's home to nearly 10 percent of the planet’s plant species and 7 percent of the reptile, bird and mammal species, even though the country only makes up 2 percent of the world's land mass.[2] The South African government recognizes habitat fragmentation, invasive species, over-exploitation and climate change as factors that have led to the recent decline of biodiversity in the country.

Mission and objectives

The foundation's mission statement is, "The conservation of biodiversity of Grootbos and its surrounds and development of sustainable nature based livelihoods through ecotourism, research, management and education."[3] It seeks to preserve and conduct research on South Africa's natural environment.


Projects

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