Conservation News and Information (22)

Bewaringsnuus en -inligting

07 May 2015

Jagters en natuurliefhebbers van die Springs-omgewing in Gauteng, het onlangs ses gevlekte ooruile, tien skilpaaie en twee blouvalkies op ’n wildplaas in die Cullinan-distrik in die natuur hervestig. Dit maak deel uit van ‘n omvattende bewaringsprojek waarmee die Springbok-tak van die Suid-Afrikaanse Jagters- en Wildbewaringsvereniging (SAJWV) al sedert 2010 besig is.

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23 April 2015

Die beleggingspotensiaal van wild, veral siektevrye buffels uit oos-Afrika, swartwitpense, bastergemsbokke en Livingstone elande, het onlangs heelwat blootstelling in die pers geniet. Uitlatings van deelnemers in die wildbedryf in Financial Mail van 16 Augustus 2013, dat skommeling in die mark plaasvind wat pryse laat styg en daal, maar dat die borrel nooit sal bars nie; dat prysstyging volhoubaar is; en dat 80% wins per jaar op beleggings in top teeldiere bereikbaar is, plaas hierdie bedryf vierkantig binne die definisie van 'n borrel.

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23 April 2015

Kevin Costner’s epic movie Dances with wolves showed heart-breaking scenes of hundreds of dead bison on the prairie, slaughtered for their skins and tongues by the American frontiersmen. Later scenes showed the Sioux hunting them and how a young man nearly fell victim to a wounded bison. Lieutenant Dunbar dropped the beast a few feet in front of the young brave and saved him from being gored by the bison.

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23 April 2015

It runs with a stiff-legged gallop, is generally silent even when fleeing danger and can deliver a killer blow to a lion with its huge forefeet. Boasting with the title of being the world’s tallest animal, the giraffe must be one of the strangest looking creatures on earth and has fortunately stood the tests of time with a healthy population in South Africa. Read more...

23 April 2015

The white ring on the buttocks of the waterbuck gives it the descriptive Afrikaans name of kringgat. It is indeed a beautiful and graceful antelope that sticks to the denser woodlands of Africa and it is always associated with water. Waterbuck are not aquatic animals but tend to keep very close to water and will take refuge in deep water when threatened by predators. Food is mostly guaranteed around water and provides the waterbuck with the succulent grass that it feeds on. Herds of waterbuck include cows, calves, young bulls and often a couple of real trophy bulls. Big bulls have curved horns that reach up to 40 inches in length and can be used effectively as defence against predators and adversaries. Read more...

23 April 2015

There is so much that one could say about elephants that a few hundred words in an article can hardly do justice to these great animals. People have strong feelings and beliefs about elephants, maybe because they are the last of the great pachyderms and have suffered some of the worst slaughters that a species has ever had to endure on Earth. Vivid memories of pictures of hundreds of tusks being carried by hunting guides in the American gun magazines that I read in my youth, left me with troublesome thoughts. Why did those people hunt hundreds of elephants? Was it because of the sheer numbers that once roamed in central Africa or was it simply that ivory was a valuable commodity on offer to those who cold harvest it by the ton? The result was that the Africa elephant’s numbers plummeted to around 600 000 individuals. It is alarming that poaching is still way out of control in central African countries.

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23 April 2015

A small sliver of moon peeps through the dense leaf cover. Somewhere a shadow moves, stops, moves again and then emits a haunting whooooooop. Alone in the night amongst the mopane trees, the waterbuck bull freezes in his tracks when he smells the rancid scent of the ghostly beast. Is it really danger or is it mockery? Better to move to open space where the moonlight protects the prey against the predator. Whooooooop! It becomes too much for the curved-horned antelope and it trots off to the open pan where water is a safe haven. The horse of witches has once again instilled a ghostly fear in the creatures of the wilderness….

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23 April 2015

Die boswêreld het ‘n paar goed wat die boere se humeure goed laat opvlam: rooijakkalse, wilddiewe en bosluise. Vir eersgenoemde is daar min raad want alles wat al probeer is het tot dusvêr net die rooijakkalse meer professioneel gemaak en vir wilddiewe is daar ook nie veel raad nie. Ongelukkig vir die bosluise het die boere hulle sonder enige moeite al amper gewen net omdat Moeder Natuur ‘n bondgenoot beskikbaar gestel het: renostervoëltjies. Hierdie klein wonderwerkies het al menige wild en beesboer se aanslag teen die bosluise ondersteun en in so ‘n mate dat sommige boere amper nooit hulle diere hoef te behandel teen bosluise nie.

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23 April 2015

Mites en legends is deel van alle kulture op die aarde. Dit ontstaan dikwels tydens storietyd wanneer Oupa of Ouma die kleingoed aan die slap moet kry of met een of ander groot storie die kleintjies moet vermaak. Dan word alles so effens aangedis en op die ou end is daar ‘n legend. Dit ontstaan ook dikwels as gevolg van onjuiste waarnemings wat dan as evangelie vir al wat leef en beef aangebied word. In die wêreld van natuur en bewaring is daar ook baie mites en dikwels het dit op die natuur ‘n bitter negatiewe impak. Deur die jare heen het ek omtrent alles gehoor, veral as dit kom by stories oor roofvoëls en veral aasvoëls. Read more...

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