South Africa is divided almost equally into three separate protection level categories. The northwestern deserts are still largely intact, and therefore in the “could reach half” category. The northeastern grasslands have been severely degraded by overgrazing and ploughing, and are imperiled, while the southern forests and shrublands could still recover.
South Africa’s biodiversity is legendary. In fact, South Africa is one of just 17 countries that, combined, are home to over 70% of the planet’s lifeforms. And the challenges to intact and healthy natural habitat here are immense. Intense population pressures alongside the destruction wrought by poaching is taking a toll on nature in this region. Incentives, such as conservation-related jobs, are critical to the expansion of Nature Needs Half goals in this country.
Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.
Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.
Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.
Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.
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South Africa’s first national park, it encompasses some of the last remaining wildlands of the northeast and is home to iconic species, including cheetah, wild dogs, and rhinos.
There are more species of plant in this 221 square kilometer biodiversity hotspot than exist in all of the British Isles. The rare amphibian, the Table Mountain ghost frog, also lives here.
The Imfolozi began as South Africa’s oldest game reserve. The hunting grounds of Zulu kings from a past era, this land is of enormous cultural significance.