A Talk by Ismail Ebrahim who is the manager of the CREW CFR

(Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers – Cape Floristic Node) programme.

I started my work in conservation with the Protea Atlas Project in 1998 and spent 3 years monitoring and recording populations of Proteaceae in South Africa.

In 2003 I started working on the CREW programme which involves citizen scientists in monitoring and conserving rare and threatened species in the country. My main interest is monitoring threatened plant species and part of our responsibility is to ensure that the data collected by CREW volunteers is used in various conservation processes like landuse planning, updating the country’s red list and protecting sites of high conservation value.

The CREW programme has been in operation since 2003 and thus far we have monitored over 2200 taxa of conservation concern nationally. In addition we have rediscovered over 25 species thought to be extinct and a further 30 species new to science. This incredible achievement has been through the dedication and hard work of the CREW volunteers.

In my talk I will highlight the work that CREW is involved and talk about new projects the programme is involved to contribute to the National Plant Conservation Strategy.

I will also be showing some examples of interesting threatned plant species found in the Tygerberg area.


Time and Place is 19h00 for 19:30 at Kristo Pienaar Environmental Education Centre

Tygerberg Nature Reserve.

Cost :  Your Friends of Tygerberg Hills membership card is free entry.

Non-members = R20

More details from Diane on  021 975 5660


Collect  your  membership  card  at the meeting or day time at the main gate .

You need the card to enter the reserve.  No membership receipt is a valid entry.