Cycads are being ‘loved to death’ in South Africa

The biggest threats to the survival of cycads comes from wealthy people obsessed with owning them and willing to pay large sums to own one of this ancient group of cone-producing plants.

Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime in its latest risk bulletin by the Civil Society Observatory of Illicit Economies in Eastern and Southern Africa, which flags cycad poaching as among four new trends in organised crime

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Sheree Bega
Sheree Bega is an environment reporter at the Mail & Guardian.

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