Karoo by Numbers

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Springtime blooming in Namaqualand.

Plant species in the Karoo: About 6 000

Number of endemics (plants found nowhere else): About 2 400 (40%)

Number of arid zone biodiversity hotspots in the world: 2 (one is the Succulent Karoo. The other is the Horn of Africa)

Size of the Karoo? Around 400 000 sq km (a little larger than Germany)

Orange shows the Great (or Nama) Karoo, and pink shows the succullent Karoo (also known as Namaqualand). Green is the Kalahari and the blues are Namib. areas in Southern Africa.

Orange shows the Great (or Nama) Karoo, and pink shows the highly biodiverse succulent Karoo (also known as Namaqualand). Green is the Kalahari.

Number of towns in the Karoo: About 100 (this includes sidings, hamlets and villages)

Number of provinces containing Karoo ecosystems: 4 (Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape, Free State

Number of sizable towns in fracking areas? 34

Number of these towns that rely on groundwater? 31

Number of people living in the Karoo? About a million (including the Nama Karoo, the succulent Karoo and Little Karoo).

Number of farmworkers on Karoo farms? About 100 000

There are about 100 000 people employed in Karoo farming.

There are about 100 000 people employed in Karoo farming.

Amount sheep in the Karoo? About 7 million, about 4.3 million of which are woolled sheep

Wool produced in the Karoo every year: 13 million kilograms

Number of Angora goats in the Karoo: Around 670 000

Mohair produced in the Karoo every year: 2.4 million kilograms (more than half of the world’s mohair)

Red meat from the Karoo? About one third of South Africa’s needs.

Ostrich feathers are exported from the Karoo every year? About 15 tons, mostly to festivals and carnivals around the world.

Another map. The Great Karoo (also called the Nama Karoo) outlined in yellow; the succulent Karoo in green.

Another map. The Great Karoo (also called the Nama Karoo) outlined in yellow; the succulent Karoo in green.

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One Response to Karoo by Numbers

  1. ian burt October 27, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    brilliant website – all the best!

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