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Wildlife Ranching Magazine Issue 3 2015

In 2013, it was estimated that approximately 17 percent of land in South Africa make up the private wildlife industry. Value chains include: • Breeding, which includes high-value and plains game; • Hunting, which includes biltong and trophy hunting; • By-products, such as game-meat, leather products, horns and curios; • Ecotourism, such as photographic safaris, game viewing and trails. Wildlife Ranching magazine content is conceptualised and produced based on editorial pillars that represent the wildlife ranching industry value chains, with a focus on the issues that matter most. For more information, e-mail:

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uit die president se pen

Die 2015-veilingseisoen het met ’n vaart weggetrek en pryse volg verlede jaar se tendense. Die wildboerbedryf het duidelik omgewingsbewaarders én beleggers se verbeelding aangegryp. Baie mense het al vergeet van die rol wat wildboerdery gespeel het om spesies soos die renoster, bontebok, Kaapse bergkwagga, swartwildebees, sabel en bastergemsbokke van uitwissing te red; daar is ook nie waardering vir die bedryf se bydrae tot ’n suksesvolle en volhoubare groen ekonomie nie – die omskepping van 20 miljoen hektaar marginale landbougrond het ’n reuse-verbetering aan die omgewing en biodiversiteit gemaak. Sommige diere van sommige spesies verkoop teen astronomiese pryse, tot 500 keer dit wat die dier sou haal as dit aan ’n plaaslike jagter of vir vleis verkoop sou word. Dit is hierdie verskynsel wat gelei het tot die indruk dat die wildbedryf…

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message from the president

The 2015 auction season has begun with a bang as prices offered continue the trends of last year. The wildlife ranching industry has clearly grabbed the imagination of conservationists and investors alike. The role played by game ranching in saving species like the rhino, bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, black wildebeest, sable and roan from extinction is no longer seen or remembered by many; nor is the industry’s contribution to a successful and sustainable green economy appreciated – converting 20 million hectares from marginal agricultural land has made a huge improvement to the environment and biodiversity. Some animals of some species are selling for astronomical prices, up to 500 times that which the animal would command if sold to a local hunter or for meat. It is this phenomenon that has led to…

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publishing editor’s note

A value chain is a chain of activities that an organisation or company operating in a specific industry performs in order to deliver a valuable product or service to a targeted market. The concept was first described and popularised by Michael Porter in his 1985 best-seller, Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance. WRSA recently commissioned the North-West University (South Africa) to conduct research into the profitability of game ranching in South Africa, which is expected to be completed by the end of June 2015. Prof Peet van der Merwe and Dr Flippie Cloete agreed to share a brief synopsis of the different value chains for the different pillars of the private wildlife industry with Wildlife Ranching magazine ahead of finalising their report. They have identified four distinct value chains within the…

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our readers’ views

“Almost three decades of dedication and vision came to fruition for us when our roan bull, Django, sold for a WRSA record of R1.8m. We also obtained the highest prices for sable sold at the auction, with two outstanding heifers covered by our 49-inch Zambian bull, Livingstone. It was a proud moment for us to sell on these superior genes. The exceptional bulls bred on our property include: Django, a 29-inch roan at four years, Harley, a 46-inch pure Matetsi sable, Livingstone, a 49-inch Zambian sable at four years, and Lucky Strike, a 63-inch kudu. At the forefront of the business is Hans Jeurissen, who started out with us 30 years ago. He introduced herds of top-quality specialised game to the farm: original Percy Fyfe roan, free-roaming pure Matetsi sable from Atherstone…

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epol invests in wildlife!

Research and training are vital to our industry and WRSA was delighted when Epol recently donated R200 000 towards a training fund – this sponsorship money will be made available for students at Onderstepoort. “For the past couple of years, the industry has been growing at a pace unheard of and we felt that we had to contribute in some way,” said Sakkie Luther, customer manager (Gauteng, Limpopo and export) at Epol. “We wanted our contribution to have a lasting effect – we want to make sure that the game industry gets the recognition it deserves. We weighed up all our options and decided to sponsor the WRSA research and training fund to ensure that students are in a position to gather the required data on the game industry without having to…

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calling biodiversity custodians!

Mabula Ground Hornbill Project The southern ground-hornbill, the largest of the hornbill species and an icon of our savannas, is in dire trouble in South Africa. The bird is now listed as endangered and is the swiftest-declining of all of our bird species. Half of the remaining population is in the hands of the private and communal landowner and lacks the protection from human threats afforded by the Kruger National Park. The birds’ complex breeding structure – which includes just one breeding pair, even in a large family group of nine birds – means that there are only an estimated 200 breeding females left in these areas. Ground-hornbills breed too slowly to recover from a myriad of threats. They live about as long as we would without medical care and fledge a…