BAKKRANS - Environmental Overview and Conservation Importance

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The Bakkrans/Mooiberg Contractual Nature Reserve is, in many respects, an example of how a private nature reserve should be run.  It is also a very special area containing a great number of special plants and animals and it is an area of great natural beauty – Ken Coetzee, Expert on management of karroid ecosystems.  

The establishment of natural corridors is a new innovative approach to the conservation of species, their critical habitats, their needs e.g. migration and to mitigate the effect of climate change.  The success of the establishment of the Cederberg Core Corridor will be determined by the people of the region, their voluntary contribution to the conservation and a good working relationship.  The co-management of Bakkrans and Mooiberg properties with CapeNature will ensure that the long-term conservation objectives are met within the Cederberg Core Corridor – CapeNature 2007.

People have dreamed about the establishment of a new conservation area in the Cederberg that could offer valuable and must needed habitat for the endangered Cape Mountain Zebra.  This has now become a reality with the signing of a memorandum of understanding and a constitution by six landowners (including CapeNature) to establish the Red Cedarberg Karoo Park.  The current zebra population of 34 individuals from Bakkrans and Mooiberg will be the core population that will, once the fences are dropped between the properties, be free to roam this 60 000 hectares park – Eben Human, Die Burger, 24th August 2010.

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