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Boere bewaar ons hulpbronne

Tydens die Kamdebootak se algemene jaarvergadering in September 2019, is daar besluit om plaaslike boere te ondersteun in hul stryd teen die voortslepende droogte. Boere is die eerste linie bewaarders van ons natuurlike hulpbronne en maak ‘n wesenlike bydra tot die beskerning van natuurlewe areas met geassosieerde wildpopulasies. As mense wat leef van die veld, stoei hul daagliks met die uitdagings van veranderende omgewingsfaktore soos onder andere droogte. Deur die ondersteuning van boere wat verantwoordelike hulpbronbestuur toepas, dra jagters by tot bewaring van die hulpbron waarvan ook hulle, jaarliks die voordele geniet as hul gaan jag.

Die SAJWV neem leiding in die bewaring van sukkulente en ander unieke plante in die droë noordweste.


In Suid-Afrika het die woord stroop of poaching, sinoniem geword met die slagting van renosters en die onwettige handel in renosterhoring. Weens ingryping deur bewaringsbewustes en die regering het die stropery mooi afgeneem (van 1 215 in 2014 tot 594 renosters in 2019). Dis goeie nuus, maar renosters is nie al wat gestroop word nie. Die onwettige handel in skaars en bedreigde plante en reptiele het geweldig toegeneem oor die laaste dekade. Dis veral ’n groot probleem as dit kom by die unieke en spesiaal aangepaste plante en diere van die semi-woestyngebiede soos die Namakwaland en die Richtersveld.

Saamgestel deur: Lizanne Nel (Bewaringsbestuurder SA Jagters), Jaco van Deventer en Hendrik Hagen (Bergriviertak SA Jagters). Junie 2019.

Hondsdolheid is een van die mees gevreesde siektes wat ‘n mens of dier kan opdoen. Alle soogdiere is vatbaar vir die virus, asook mense en infeksies vind plaas deur blootstelling aan speeksel van ‘n besmette dier of mens, soos wanneer gebyt word deur ‘n hondsdol jakkals of hond. Simptome van hondsdolheid sluit die volgende in: spierspasmas, oormatige speeksel afskeiding, waansin en vrees vir water. Indien ‘n mens of dier eers gediagnoseer is met die siekte, is dit basies ‘n doodsvonnis en daar bestaan geen behandeling wat effektief is nie. Dit is gevolglik kritiese van belang om voorkomend op te tree.

Eye of the Pangolin is the story of two men on a mission to share the wonder of all four species of African pangolin on camera for the very first time in this ambitious documentary.


Follow our journey as we travel the continent, from exotic jungles to the African savannah, to learn more about those caring for and studying the movements of this extraordinary animal they are captivated by these strange, secretive creatures and document the race to save them from being poached to extinction.

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.

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.

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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