Threatened Species

Threatened Species

Vegetation Type

Swartland Granite Renosterveld.

Status: Critically endangered.

Plants

Kelkiewyn (Geissorhiza radians).

Status: Endangered. Only found on Swartland Granite Renosterveld, a critically endangered vegetation types that is now restricted to tiny fragments due to its favourability for cultivation.

Birds

Black Harrier (Circus maurus).

Status: Near Threatened. Endemic to South Africa – with a stronghold in the Strandveld of the West Coast.

Amphibians

Cape rain frog (Breviceps gibbosus).

Status: Vulnerable. Only found in Renosterveld and is threatened by the loss of its habitat through agriculture.

Reptiles

Blouberg Dwarf Burrowing Skink (Scelotes montispectus).

Status: Only three specimens of this species of burrowing reptile have ever been found – two in the Blouberg Conservation Area and one in the West Coast National Park.

Mammals

Heavyside Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii).

Status: Data Decient. This dolphin is restricted to the Benguela Current system and is threatened by overfishing.