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Nature lovers from a Cape Flats School participate in International City Nature Challenge

Updated: May 23, 2023

The City Nature Challenge is an exciting international competition that encourages people to record as many observations of organism species as possible in cities and urban environments around the world and upload them to the iNaturalist app. Cape Town is one of the many cities participating in this challenge, and it's a great opportunity for nature lovers to showcase the rich biodiversity found in their city.

On April 28th, 2023, a group of enthusiastic nature lovers from Sophumelela High School embarked on an exhilarating early morning adventure. They climbed Table Mountain, explored Newlands Forest, and wandered through the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in search of local plant and animal species to record. Armed with their cameras and the iNaturalist app, they snapped pictures of the fauna and flora they found.

Experts helped to identify the species captured in the photographs uploaded to the app. The learners' combined observations helped contribute valuable data to the competition globally, and it was an exceptional way for them to learn about the biodiversity of Cape Town and the importance of conservation.

Partaking in the City Nature Challenge provided a dynamic and hands-on experience for the learners to expand their knowledge of the environment. Such a competition inspires people to engage with nature, learn from it and deepen their connection to it. What an incredible way to unite people worldwide in the pursuit of a common goal - preserving our planet's precious ecosystems

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