CONSERVATION

AT KLEIN PARADIJS WE ARE COMMITTED TO THE
CONSERVATION OF OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

The gardens at Klein Paradijs are indigenous and do not require special watering in the summer months. Guests are encouraged to re-use their towels and staff members are instructed to be sparing in the use of water and electricity. Kitchen waste is composted and harvested rain water is used to supply the herb garden and pot plants.

A part of the Klein Paradijs estate is a Voluntary Conservation Site recognized by the Cape Nature Stewardship Program of the Western Cape conservation authority. In order to achieve this accreditation, the property has been cleared of all alien invasive plant species, which are very thirsty and highly inflammable in the hot and dry summers: e.g. foreign acacias, eucalyptus, myrtle and pine.

Furthermore, a company that is certified in sustainable harvesting of fynbos and ethical trade is permitted to pick the indigenous fynbos on the estate for the international flower industry. In addition, the endangered Western Leopard Toad has been recorded around the dams at Klein Paradijs. The estate is also home to many different kinds of birds. Klein Paradijs keeps a list of all the species sighted on the property.

leopard-toadTHE WESTERN LEOPARD TOAD (AMIETOPHRYNUS PANTHERINUS)

Klein Paradijs has been identified as a breeding site of the endangered Western Leopard Toad by the South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). From the end of July to the beginning of September these vulnerable toads are known to breed in various areas of the Western Cape, where they congregate at ponds or dams in their short breeding season. They can be identified by their loud snoring call.

Western Leopard Toads, which incidentally are the largest South African toads, are also called “August frogs” or “snoring toads”, most probably because of their specific breeding habits. They are identified by the chocolate brown patches on their backs, which are surrounded by a yellow border. They have a pink-brown swelling (the parotid gland) behind each eye. Western Leopard Toads can be confused with Raucous Toads (Bufo rangeri). However, their call is very different: The Western Leopard Toad makes a snoring sound, while the call of the Raucous Toad sounds like a quack.

In order to help save the Western Leopard Toad, scientists are trying to learn more about these creatures, which represent a significant link in the natural food chain and are an important biological indicator.