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Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area

Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area is a 52-hectare (130-acre) nature reserve, situated in the centre of Kenilworth Racecourse, in Cape Town, South Africa. Due to its location, it has been left undisturbed for more than 100 years, making it now the best preserved patch of “Cape Flats Sand Fynbos” in the world.[1]

Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area
1 Erica flowers in Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area KRCA - Copy.jpg
Map showing the location of Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area
Map showing the location of Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area
Map of Cape Town
LocationCape Town, South Africa
Coordinates33°59′49″S 18°29′04″E / 33.997°S 18.4844°E / -33.997; 18.4844Coordinates: 33°59′49″S 18°29′04″E / 33.997°S 18.4844°E / -33.997; 18.4844
Area52 ha (130 acres)
Established1985

The reserve contains indigenous fynbos and wetlands – both permanent and seasonal. Among the hundreds of plant species that can be found here, at least 20 are threatened with extinction. There are also endemic species, and two plants (Erica verticillata and Erica turgida) are listed as extinct in the wild, but have recently been re-introduced here. The reserve is home to the critically endangered Micro Frog (Microbatrachella capensis) along with other small but healthy populations of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds.

Invasive alien vegetation is a severe problem, especially Port Jackson (Acacia saligna) and domestic garden escapees.[2][3]

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  1. ^ http://www.krca.co.za
  2. ^ "City of Cape Town Nature Reserves. Free Booklet" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-22.
  3. ^ "Flora of the Western Cape".