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Issue 3 2021

PRIVATE GAME | WILDLIFE RANCHING With its magnificent and diverse wildlife heritage, Southern Africa plays a vital role in conserving the world’s biological diversity. The region boasts an extensive network of public parks, including international icons such as the Kruger, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi, Kgalagadi, Etosha, Chobe and Hwange, several of which also form part of larger transfrontier conservation areas. The region is known for its excellent track record of conserving threatened species such as elephant, rhino, Cape mountain zebra, bontebok, black wildebeest, cheetah and lion. An important aspect is the unique and vital role the private sector and market-based approaches play in supporting both wildlife conservation and socio-economic development in the region. Southern Africa’s wildlife industry has become a contemporary world leader in conservation innovation, providing considerable ecological, biodiversity and economic benefits to the region.” Wildlife ranchers love nature and are conservationists at heart – that is why they choose this lifestyle. Conceptualised by the executive editorial team of the popular publication Wildlife Ranching magazine, PRIVATE GAME will build on the successes achieved by Wildlife Ranching, whilst providing an engaging voice for the private wildlife sector.

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4 Issues

in this issue

1 min
pursuing game meat as an alternative income stream

Target group: SA Game Farmers The required legal processes and the 5 necessary steps to follow will be explained in an exclusive series of six articles. This series will practically demonstrate the legal steps to register your abattoir and processing plant and will be published in Private Game magazine as follows: I. Hitting the Nail – can trophy carcasses be commercially compliant? a. Part I: A pilot study to compare uncontrolled (trophy game carcasses) and controlled (harvested game carcasses intended for export purposes), with reference to meat safety and quality. b. Part II: Discussion, recommendations and concluding on the differences between trophy and export carcasses with reference to meat safety and quality in the commercial meat market. II. Game abattoir registration process III. Game meat processing facility application IV. Local meat market opportunities and challenges V. Bulls eye –…

7 min
are we ready?

“Where do we leave our footprints and what will be their impact?” Before COVID-19, tourism was one of the fastest growing industries with 1,2 billion travellers in 2019. The pandemic has caused a profound and unpredicted outcome and changed our perceptions. We have been presented with a new set of challenges of how, when and where to go for our travels, while consciously evaluating and monitoring the footprints we leave behind. In the past, our travels were casual, sometimes even carefree events, frequently with minimal forward planning. This is in stark contrast to our actions on other facets of our daily routines. For example, whenever we buy a new house, farm or car, we thoroughly research all options and performances: “Can it do what it is supposed to do? Is it safe?…

5 min
ukujabula buffalo legacy

“Quatro is one of the best buffaloes we have ever bred. He has a great temperament and is one of the best-balanced bulls I have ever seen,” says Attie van den Berg. Judging by his performance to date, ‘Big Mac's legacy will continue to produce quality animals. Ukujabula Game Breeders is located in the Groblersdal/Marble Hall region in Limpopo and was founded by Nico van den Berg in 2002. Almost 20 years later, Nico and his son Attie are a formidable team whose buffalo herd has produced five 50" bulls in only four years. With these inspiring results, this relatively unknown breeding farm is attracting growing interest among buffalo ranchers in the country. “Big Mac changed the Ukujabula breeding programme from mediocre to magnificent.” Two magnificent breeding buffalo bulls from Ukujabula Game Breeders, with horns…

3 min
wildlife industry fights back!

Riaan Nowers is an agricultural economist with a passion for and interest in the wildlife economy. He has two masters' degrees – in agricultural economics and in sustainable agriculture – and is at present managing the Agricultural Statistics division within the Western Cape Department of Agriculture.riaann@elsenburg.com Amidst the doom and gloom of the global and individual impact of the COVID-19 virus, the wildlife ranching industry fought back in the only way it could in order to survive and to lessen the socio-economic impact of this unwelcome phenomenon. Yes, this virus negatively affected the game auction industry. Yes, for sure gross income across the industry was disastrously affected not only by the lockdown ban on physical auctions dictated by government, but also on the ability of potential buyers and sellers to purchase and sell…

3 min

Pamela-Anne Dolan Wildlife consultant Founder of Wild Africa Marketing Director: Koro Creek Bushveld Golf Estate I sit outside looking at the blue Swartberg Mountains as I write this piece, reflecting back on why I chose the path of conservation and why it is so important to me. A waterbuck appears and begins to graze, mountain zebras prance by the small dam in front of the house and young blesbuck come waltzing along, chasing each other. And then it hits me, the reason why! I had an epiphany and realised my calling. To be one with nature and to experience wildlife in an intimate and most profound way – that is why I chose this path. My love for nature has had a profound influence on me as a person. Many incredible conservationists…

2 min

Dr Julia Baum (PhD) Systems thinker and storyteller Founder of PLCnetwork of the Southern Hemisphere Ph.D. in Conservation Biology Dr Julia Baum was born and grew up in Germany. She stayed there until her late twenties and graduated with a M.Sc. in Geoecology in 2011. Being offered a scholarship, she then embraced the adventure of obtaining a Ph.D. in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town and has lived in South Africa since 2012. Dr Julia Baum's research investigated privately-owned protected areas in the Western Cape province by interpreting them as social-ecological systems. Julia developed a passion for exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in this field during her engagement with diverse stakeholders in the conservation sector. It became apparent that a powerful potential for collaboration towards a conservation economy exists across South Africa, and…