Gondwana´s 2010 wildlife introductions

July 24, 2010

Game Capture season is well underway and we eagerly await the arrival of 3 hippo and over 350 head of general game including Springbok, Bontebok and Kudu. I would like to extend our utmost gratitude on behalf of Gondwana to Rein and Arne van der Horst for their generosity in sponsoring two of the three hippo to be released in the Lehele Dam this winter. This will add another signature species to Gondwana´s wildlife experience. We are pleased to have Albert Swart join the wildlife team where he will also be heading up the Gondwana Conservation Trust (GCT) projects. The first three GCT projects will focus on the study of our elusive Cape Leopard population and the re-introduction of cheetah and Cape Vulture to the area. The Primary goal of the Trust is to participate in meaningful conservation projects focusing on fauna, flora and environmental education. We are very excited to be initiating these important conservation efforts and appreciate the enthusiasm many of Gondwana´s guests and residents have already shown.

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Gondwana´s 2010 wildlife introductions:

  • 200 Springbok
  • 3 Hippopotamus
  • 40 Kudu
  • 50 Zebra
  • 20 Eland
  • 50 Gemsbok
  • 20 Red hartebeest

We have been through interesting times seeing out the worst drought in living memory in the Southern Cape. We were however fortunate not to be as hard hit as our surrounding regions and the entire area has just had some reprieve in the form of 75mm of rain in the last month. To date Gondwana is about 55% stocked to its capacity, which has also been a key factor in sustaining through this drought. Our conservative stocking rate has helped keep our wildlife in good condition, yet we still believe and analysis shows that the reserve will be able to sustain what we propose to introduce this year and more. Gondwana is predominately a sour veld reserve, which tends to be more resistant to critical conditions. Sour veld does not carry the nutrient value to that of sweet veld, but keeps its bulk in dry times. By supplementing the mineral needs through lick blocks strategically placed throughout the property the animals can maintain their condition. We are continually evaluating our eco system and managing if for natural sustainability.

Mark Rutherfoord, Director
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