Raapenberg Bird Sanctuary

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Raapenberg Bird Sanctuary
Map showing the location of Raapenberg Bird Sanctuary
Map showing the location of Raapenberg Bird Sanctuary
Map of Cape Town
Location Cape Town, South Africa
Nearest city Observatory
Coordinates 33°56′07″S 18°28′48″E / 33.9353°S 18.4799°E / -33.9353; 18.4799Coordinates: 33°56′07″S 18°28′48″E / 33.9353°S 18.4799°E / -33.9353; 18.4799[1]
Area 10 ha (25 acres)

Raapenberg Bird Sanctuary is a 10-hectare (25-acre) protected area in Cape Town, located on the Liesbeek river near the suburb of Observatory.

The sanctuary consists of a section of the Liesbeek River, with parkland, trees, lawn and picnic sites. It is an important breeding site for a variety of water bird species, such as Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus), Egyptian Geese (Alopochen aegyptiacus) and many duck species. However, the sanctuary is badly overgrown with alien invasive plants which damage the river system and its biodiversity. The river itself is polluted, but is being rehabilitated for recreational activities.[2]

The area is intended to form part of the Two Rivers Urban Park (TRUP), which will include many surrounding areas to form a large, integrated natural area in Cape Town. It will centre on the meeting point of the Liesbeek and Black River and will include several Provincial Heritage Sites, such as:

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