The City of Cape Town says it’s desperately trying to assure that natural assets are protected in the wake of a fire crisis.
It claims that its Environmental Management Department is striving to protect “globally important fauna and flora”, especially the 11 troops of chacma baboons monitored around the city.
While they are being monitored on a daily basis, one juvenile has unfortunately succumbed to its burns.
While the range of one troop has been severely burned, the City says that the animals are thriving on food uncovered by the blazes.
Among other species, a grysbok, several snakes and tortoises have been found dead. While the loss of life is tragic, the City reiterates that fire “can be a positive occurrence”.
“Fynbos requires fire to regenerate plants, underground storage organs, and seeds,” it says. “Without fire, the vegetation becomes moribund, with some species becoming locally extinct.”
It adds that some animal species have adapted, with some insects and smaller creatures taking cover in rocks or underground, and with tortoises laying eggs that are able to survive the fires.
The fire has come at an appropriate time ecologically, and the City believes that plants will make a spectacular recovery in spring.