Fascinating Facts

Cape for kids is 23 years old

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Number of Children on our Outings

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Number of Schools that have done Outings

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Outings sponsored for Township Children

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Teachers trained to do Environmental Outings

We value our heritage now for future generations

Ali Corbett

Interesting facts:

  • South Africa’s Western Cape is more botanically diverse than the richest tropical rainforest in South America, including the Amazon. WWF Global
  • South Africa’s Cape floral kingdom is one of the richest areas in the world for plant biodiversity.
  • The king protea is our national flower
  • The blue crane is our national bird
  • The real yellow wood Podocarpus Latifolious is our national tree

Fynbos

  • Covering about 90,000km2, the Cape floral kingdom contains 3% of the world’s plant species and 20% of Africa’s.
  • The fynbos constitutes about 80% of the Cape floral kingdom; of the more than 8,500 fynbos species, nearly 6,000 of them are endemic.
  • 1,700 fynbos plant species are threatened with extinction.
  • The striped field mouse helps to pollinate the proteas.

African Penguins

  • African Penguins dive on average to 30m,
  • Can dive as deep as 130m.
  • They hold their breath on a dive for an average of 2.5 minutes
  • African Penguins can swim up to 20 km per hour when hunting
  • Their average swimming speed is 7km/h
  • There are now only about 21 000 breeding pairs of African penguins left in the world and they are listed as “Endangered”.

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