Game & Wildlife

Wildlife’s healthy tick burdens

Parasites play an important part in natural ecosystems, and wildlife can bear their tick burdens and still stay healthy - if humans stop interfering. So says Professor Ivan Horak (left) of the University of Pretoria's Onderstepoort campus. Cornelia du Plooy investigates.

HUNTING is not the culprit

Ron Thomson has written a refreshing and hard-hitting book to remind hunters, game ranchers and ordinary nature lovers where they fit into the bigger conservation picture. Roelof Bezuidenhout reviews a book that pulls no punches.

Reluctant killers: what hunters are really after

The mention of hunting brings to mind pictures of men with guns posing proudly amid a sea of animal carcasses. But the truth is somewhat different. Roelof Bezuidenhout reports on a study that found that often being merely outdoors is a greater consideration than actually killing animals.

Have SA’s reservoir scientists been sold down the river?

Looking after South Africa's dams could be more important than finding new sources, but the country's pool of reservoir science has degenerated within a decade from being world-renowned to being almost non-functional. If the situation isn't corrected soon, the freshwater system could collapse, with catastrophic consequences. Roelof Bezuidenhout reports.
Issue Date: 30 March 2007

Regulations for transporting game

This draft document could have far-reaching consequences for the wildlife industry.

In search of the true hunter

Two South African hunting organisations react to an article (Farmer's Weekly, 8 December 2006) which pleaded for a comprehensive rule book aimed at reining in the 'Rambos' who upset farmers and other hunters. Roelof Bezuidenhout provides their viewpoints.
Issue Date: 9 March 2007

How to convert a pen-raised human

In the fourth article of our habitat planning series, habitat designer Ben Breedlove explains to Roelof Bezuidenhout how to cater for stressed-out but affluent visitors from the city. Issue date: 23 February 2007

Where animals and humans meet

In the third part of our habitat planning series, biologist and habitat designer Ben Breedlove exlains how to create optimal animal-human meeting points. Issue Date: 16 February 2007

Should agriculture take over the game industry?

The draft policy on national game farming recently came under review. Roelof ­Bezuidenhout speaks to ­Eastern Cape rancher Arthur ­Rudman who attended the review workshop and who fully supports the agriculture department's involvement in the game industry.

Blesbok lawns make good veld (for blesbok)

Contrary to common wisdom, blesbok grazing patches are productive and contribute significantly to their diet. Roelof Bezuidenhout reports.

Can caracals save sheep?

Richard and Marion Holmes were losing about 50 sheep a year to jackal until Austrian researcher Dr Mircea Pfleiderer, while studying small cats, suggested they introduce more caracal.

South Africa’s Mrs Crocodile Dundee

Rodene Lambrecht says crocodile farming is not for the faint-hearted; it's a high-risk, tough and export-driven industry, but good management, patience and endurance is helping her get ahead. Wilma den Hartigh visited Rodene's farm near Hartbeesfontein in North West after her recent crowning as Department of Agriculture and Absa's 2006 Female Farmer of the Year: Top Producer for Export Markets.

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