Threatened species are animal and plant species which are at risk of being extinct. Threatened species include all species which are vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered. The conservation status of a species is an indicator of the likelihood of that species continuing to survive, either in the present day or the future. Many factors are taken into account when assessing the conservation status of a species, not simply the number remaining, but the overall increase or decrease in the population over time, breeding success rates, known threats, and so on.
This pamphlet seeks to raise awareness and appreciation of the threatened species found in afromontane grasslands and indigenous forests in the foothills of the Wolkberg Wilderness in Limpopo Province, South Africa.
Grasslands and forests form island habitats, which support many special plants and animals. The Haenertsburg Environmental Monitoring and Action Group is a group of volunteers that is raising awareness and appreciation of the areas’ biodiversity. This group also manages the Louis Changuion Hiking Trail.
A map of the Trail, which traverses the natural grassland and forest is available for hikers in the village. It is about an 8 km walk, has stunning views and quaint picnic spots. Some threatened fauna that may be seen along the hike are the Blue Swallow, Methuen’s Dwarf Gecko and the Wolkberg Zulu Butterfly