The Green Scorpions protect our environment by enforcing environmental law. More formally, Environmental Management Inspectors ensure that the environmental laws are complied with, no matter who you are. In the Eastern Cape, one of their major tasks over the last ten years has been the protection of cycads.
Not only are these highly endangered plants the victims of habitat degradation but they are being poached at an alarming rate. Cycads are poached to be sold as landscaping plants to wealthy garden owners in South Africa and beyond our borders. Once plants have been recovered there is little chance that they will survive. Added to the threatened adult plants disappearing, the propagation of new plants is extremely tricky and has low success rates. The Green Scorpions have been working tirelessly to uncover poaching syndicates and Bonne joins the chase.