/ 21 November 2021

Poachers steal cycads from people’s gardens for lucrative illicit trade

Cycads, Known As Living Fossils (the Plant Group Has Survived Since The Jurassic Era) Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa
At risk: Cycads in Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. The ‘living fossils’ are high value in the illegal plant trade. Photo: Hoberman Collection/Universal Images Group/Getty Images
Residents must have permits to have the endangered plants but they are victim to criminal demand for the ‘living fossils’

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