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Fynbos expert edited scientific paper in hospital before dying ...


Fynbos expert edited scientific paper in hospital before dying of Covid-19

Tributes pour in for Anthony Hitchcock, who helped revive an iconic fynbos species that was listed as extinct

Senior reporter

Well-known Cape Town horticulturist and conservationist Anthony Hitchcock died in hospital on Tuesday of Covid-19 complications while undergoing treatment for cancer.

The 60-year-old Hitchcock was the nursery and threatened species programme manager at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). He was a dedicated and highly regarded fynbos expert who led various plant restoration projects in the Western Cape, and was reportedly still editing a scientific paper while in hospital.

He was also actively involved in environmental education via various non-profit organisations, among them Fynbos Life and the Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area...

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