Game Capture - July 2019

Enviromental


Why we do game captures?

  • Stocking rate is the number of animals one can have on a selected property. Stocking rate is determined by the carrying capacity of the selected area. Carrying capacity is the amount of animals the natural vegetation can sustain without any additional supplementary feeding. This is calculated on a scientific method after surveys are done in the selected area.
  • The law for the conservation of species is controlled by GDARD (Gauteng Department of Agricultural and Rural Development). They are in control of monitoring veld conditions, stocking rate and species on a specific area. By law we are required to stay within the recommended number of game as stated by them. They also control granting of permits to capture or transport game.
  • By removing game, new genetic variety can be brought in. This will reduce the chase of inbreeding. Inbreeding can cause health issues resulting in animals having to be euthanized due to genetic deformations and growth deformations. By constantly renewing some animal numbers with new genes, this will be highly unlikely.
  • In order to bring in new genetic pools, we have to firstly remove a certain number of game. This falls in place with permits granted by GDARD. If the number of game is less than they require, no import permit is granted for new game to be brought in. This increases our risk if inbreeding as mentioned above.

Residents must note that game capturing will commence by capturing with passive boma and darting with veterinary assistance. Notice will be provided in advance should any areas be closed off. Residents wanting to purchase animals must obtain the required permits i.e. to transport and or re locate such animals. Prices are determined by the going rates at auctions and or prices available from leading game websites. Interested parties can e-mail enquiries to estate management.

Game capture report 11 & 12 April 2019

Game capture done by Pilanesberg game capture services. The capture was started on the 11th April 2019 and was finished on 12th April 2019. The capture was ended earlier than planned due to a change in weather conditions. Capturing was done by means of boma with helicopter (mass capturing), helicopter with the use of a net gun and/ or darting. A total of 79 animals were captured and removed. The numbers and sex per species of removed animals are as follow:

Species Male Female Total
Wildebeest 17 0 17
Kudu 10 0 10
Red Hartebeest 6 0 0
Waterbuck 2 0 2
Springbuk 9 20 29
Zebra 7 6 13
Giraffe 2 0 2
Total 53 26 79