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This is a working partnership with the City of Cape Town and the Cape Bird Club.

Emergency phone number – for the whole area – 083 499 1717.

Alert to visitors   –  03 November 2019

  • We have become aware of a young hippo in the pans this morning.
  • We are monitoring the situation and will keep all informed as to progress.
  • Please do not approach the animal. Hippos are extremely dangerous.
  • This is a very young animal, based on photographs received. We expect the behavior to be different from an adult animal but cannot determine at this stage the cause of why the animal has left the pod.
  • There is clear signs that the adult male Brutus is displaying dominant behavior with increase spraying and marking as well as foot traffic in unconventional areas.
  • This could be a cause for a young animal to be displaced.
  • If we are to successfully track, contain and capture this young animal, we need people to stay away from it and minimize the disturbance in the area it is currently frequenting.

Asieff Khan (Manager False Bay Nature Reserve).



Background information.

Strandfontein as we know it are the pans of the Strandfontein Waste Water Treatment Works and is the Southern Birding Area of the False Bay Nature Reserve. The False Bay Nature Reserve is made up of Zeekoevlei, Rondevlei, Pelican Park Nature Reserve and the Southern Birding Area.

Cape Bird Club members started monthly bird counts in 1983 after the counts stopped at Zandvlei. Alan Morris and “his team” came to this new site as little data was available for this important bird area.  These monthly counts still continue under Dick Barnes. With this data and many years of lobbying by the CBC members for recognition of this area finally paid off on World Wetlands Day, 02 February 2015 the celebration with the handing over of the certification of the False Bay Nature Reserve becoming the 22nd RAMSAR site in South Africa.

The Conservation Committee members have been active in managing the Julie te Groen bequest which has helped fund a Managers position for the Southern Birding Area together with the City of Cape Town and the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET).

The Southern Birding Area

We do regular monthly counts as a group as well as bi-annual CWAC (Co-ordinated Waterfowl Annual Census) counts, why not join us and see what it is all about?