Chronicling Cape Town | A Biodiversity Kingdom at Risk

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Tourism means a lot to South Africa’s economy – more than eight million tourists visited the country in 2015 alone. Its wealth of flora and fauna are a crucial part of what makes SA’s Mother City, Cape Town, such an attractive destination.

Cape Town is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. It’s home to one of only six recognised floral kingdoms – 69% of its species are endemic to just this tiny patch of the Southern tip of Africa.

Although the Department of Tourism aims to increase the sector’s contribution to the national GDP from R318,16 billion in 2015 to R499 billion in 2020, this international biodiversity treasure is under threat. Over 300 species are facing extinction – and more may be at risk.