Superwoman Odette’s mission to save Overberg’s Renosterveld

Hermanus Bird Club

Dr Odette Curtis, speaker at the Club monthly meeting on Wednesday 19 October, has dedicated her life to preserving one of the most diverse and threatened ecosystems in the world.

The title of her presentation will be “Saving The Overberg’s Renosterveld: Can we stop the extinction spiral?”

odette-1-polhillia Dr Odette Curtis

Renosterveld – literally translated from Afrikaans as “rhinoceros field” – is a term used to describe one of the major and most diverse plant communities and vegetation types of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

Human activities such as farming have decimated these fertile fynbos havens, and Odette is hard at work trying to preserve the critically endangered survivors.

“It’s estimated that there’s less than between 4 and 6% of the Renosterveld left,” says Curtis. Even this is an optimistic estimate; the true figure could be significantly lower, she says.

The remaining Renosterveld is highly fragmented, with fewer than 50 fragments larger than 100…

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