The Cape Floral Kingdom has the greatest diversity of plant life per geographic area on earth (almost 9,000 species), but 17% are critically rare or endangered. One-third of the fynbos that once existed has already been lost to agriculture, development, and the invasion of several alien plant species. These plants were imported in the mid 1800’s, without knowledge of longterm consequences. Without local biological controls, they have choked out massive areas of indigenous plants, dried up water catchments and streams, and contributed to erosion.
This destruction of natural habitat has also greatly diminished the numbers of mammals, insects and birds in the Cape region. As many as 29% of the mammal species are also endangered. The survival of these animals along with the insects and birds is critical for pollination and ultimately the future of the vast variety of fynbos plants.
Part of our mission at Mosaic is to eliminate these invasive plants, restoring habitat for our indigenous plants, animals and birds, and to promote the conservation of this land’s extraordinary natural resources. In doing so, opportunities for employment and education for the local people are created through alien vegetation clearance and eco-tourism. Partner with us in conserving creation and supporting sustainable development for empowering the local community. We are active members in the non-profit conservancy in the Western Cape, the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy.