The SKEP Coordination Unit would to wish a peaceful, restful and merry festive season break to all our partners. Our partners all deserve some rest, as the year 2012 has indeed been a very eventful year for the SKEP partnership, with some worthy achievements.
Camera traps have been set up to assist in counting the elusive Riverine Rabbit (Bunolagus monticularis). The rabbit is also known as the Bushman Rabbit or Bushman Hare and is endemic to the semi-arid Great Karoo and parts of the Klein Karoo region of South Africa. The Riverine Rabbit functions as the flagship species as well as a key indicator species for the river ecosystems of the Karoo.
The Knersvlakte is typically known as an arid habitat housing plants that have adapted to extreme heat and water scarce conditions. With an annual rainfall above 100mm being the exception rather than the norm, it easily explains why most of the area’s rivers are non-perennial and that a number of river systems have droë (dry) or sout (salt) as part of its name. Expecting to find fish in the area would thus be unthinkable.
Humans have a direct responsibility to protect the environment, especially when habitats have been destroyed by mankind says the Endagered Wildlife Trust (EWT), an Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) dedicated to conserving threatened species and ecosystems in southern Africa to the benefit of all people.