At the end of 2018, hunters and their families from the Kameeldoring Branch of SA Hunters and Game Conservation decided to help clean up the Mafikeng Nature Reserve. While they were picking up rubbish, they saw several carcasses of young animals in the reserve.
The newest press release on the control area for FMD is attached below and indicates that the area enclosed by the R81 road, the R36 Road, N1 and the R524 Road has been declared a disease management area for FMD. No movement of cloven hoofed animals are allowed within, into or out of this area. Products from cloven hoofed animals may however be allowed within and out of this area with a permit issues by the local state veterinarian.
VulPro, an NGO that works tirelessly to safeguard Africa’s vulture populations through rescue and rehabilitation, has experienced an alarming number of rehabilitation cases for the months of December 2018 and early January 2019. Most of these cases have coincided with the fledgling stages of our endemic Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres) and African White-backed (Gyps africanus) vulture species.
SA Hunters and Game Conservation conducts and facilitates relevant research and studies as part of our commitment to wildlife conservation. We are very proud to be associated with the research projects of four students of the University of Pretoria’s Eugene Marais Chair of Wildlife Management, Mammal Research Institute. The students recently presented their preliminary wildlife management research results for evaluation and feedback to faculty members and guests at the University.
The first of 20 new counter-poaching dogs arrived at South Africa’s OR Tambo International Airport from Texas, USA in July this year. Destined for the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC), these specially trained, free-running pack dogs have joined the highly motivated K9 Unit handlers and are being deployed in counter-poaching operations in the Greater Kruger area.
On 8 November 2017, the VulPro vulture conservation centre near the Hartbeespoort Dam in North West Province, made history when it released 35 vultures back into the wild at the Nooitgedacht Cape Vulture breeding colony. It was the first release of its kind on the Africa continent and an important milestone in a vulture conservation programme to supplement natural populations of the Cape Vulture and the African White-backed Vulture.