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Taking stock of wildlife at Gondwana Kalahari Park

Avatar of inke inke - 06. juin 2018 - Gondwana Collection, Environment

Quintin Hartung and Inke Stoldt

It is not only photographers who go into raptures: Gondwana Kalahari Park is characterised by a uniquely picturesque landscape of elongated dunes and valleys of red sand, yellow grass and green acacias. This private nature reserve (98 km²), owned by the Gondwana Collection, is home to animals which are typical for the Kalahari - like springbok, gemsbok, jackal and bat-eared fox as well as ostrich, kori bustard and many other types of birds. 

After research established which animals occurred in the area historically, new stock of plains zebra, eland antelope, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest and giraffe was gradually re-introduced. A scientifically sound game management programme resulted in increased diversity of animal species and, as far as possible, nature’s restoration to its original state. The programme is monitored by qualified park management staff.

An annual game count provides valuable data to the park management in terms of game numbers and diversity. The 2018 game count in Gondwana Kalahari Park, which is situated 30km northeast of Mariental took place over the past weekend (2 and 3 June). Gondwana shareholders, friends and staff participated in the event.

As the past three years have been dire in terms of rainfall received in Gondwana Kalahari Park, animal numbers were kept low in order to preserve the little that was left of the veld. This year’s game count shows an 8.2% decrease in the game population, which is in line with the park’s trend in carrying capacity.

The annual game count does not only capture important data for the park management, but it is also seen as a social get-together of Gondwana stakeholders at Kalahari Anib Lodge. The traditional braai in the veld on Saturday morning and the boma dinner at the end of the first day’s count have become a highlight for all participants.

The Gondwana Collection acquired farm Anib in December 2004 and transformed it into Gondwana Kalahari Park: sheep farming was discontinued, internal fences were dismantled and watering places suitable for game were set up so that the animals are once again able to move about freely.

Dinner at the boma of Kalahari Anib Lodge and the presentation of the first results.

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