The Wild Ones: Place of Hope

05 July 2018
Watch The Wild Ones: Place of Hope on Sunday 8 July at 16:00 on M-Net.
Cape Nature

Five critically endangered African species find protection in one modest haven - De Hoop Nature Reserve. It is not only a World Heritage Site, but also incredibly important for the survival of these iconic animals. 36 000 hectares are home to the rare and plucky Cape mountain zebra; the beautiful bontebok; one of the last remaining breeding colonies of Cape vultures; the African black oystercatcher, and the mighty southern right whale.

Hunted to the brink of extinction, these very different characters are making a remarkable recovery. The Wild Ones follows developments as the pulse of the seasons drives cycles of life in the park, from the arrival of whales in the late winter to the spring breeding season for oystercatchers to male bonteboks' incredible displays of power in the summer rut. As the creatures here live out their lives, the park's tireless staff embark on their own quest to capture Cape mountain zebra, to spread the species further into their previous natural range.

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CapeNature is the conservation authority in the Western Cape, mandated to promote and ensure biodiversity conservation and access for all.ย The organisation manages most of the mountain catchments and reserves that supply ecosystem services to the citizens of the Western Cape. This requires good scientific data, a sound understanding of fynbos ecology, and commitment to the principles of integrated biodiversity management and planning. Many of these efforts are in remote areas and have a direct bearing on the quality of life for millions of people across the province. CapeNature develops nature-based recreational and tourism products, leveraging the Western Capeโ€™s natural assets in such a way that protected areas become sought-after tourist destinations, and more accessible and attractive to a greater proportion of our population.


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