@miked @dejayM I was looking for information about Howard Langley and found this interesting article from the Cape.
Another influential role player is Dalton Gibbs. City of Cape Town
A long but interesting article
Some of the many animal species whose habitat we need to protect in our cities. From top to bottom:(see page 120) Cape hare; mountain tortoise; cape dwarf chameleon;
porcupine; spotted genet; eggs
Burning of small sites can also be problematic in that rodents
and antelope over-graze regenerating vegetation. For example, at Rondevlei, we patch-burnt a stand of Cliffortia ericaefolia (a very rare and threatened plant) which resulted in thousands of seedling plants emerging. However, Otomys (Vlei Rats) and Grysbok completely destroyed this new population, forcing us to fence off the site and to place plastic collars around the few surviving plants to protect them.
- howard langley, retired conservation manager
Anyone managing these sites would be forgiven for sometimes feeling overwhelmed. However, these challenges also present tremendous opportunities. And while these problems will probably never be resolved, they can be managed and even turned to our advantage with patience, persistence, extremely creative thinking and, most importantly, strong partnerships