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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.

South Africa
MLP Media Pty Ltd
R 39,90
R 279,99
4 Issues

in this issue

6 min
wildlife ranching during and after the covid-19 pandemic

“Science has progressed tremendously with respect to understanding the epidemiology of disease, vaccine development technologies and the new screening for antiviral treatments.” We are all living through something the severity of which we have never experienced before. There have, of course, been pandemics before, for example the plague or Black Death of the mid- 1300s, which is recorded as the most fatal pandemic in human history and resulted in between 75 and 200 million human deaths. At that time, the cause (rat- and flea-borne bacterium called Yersinia pestis) was unknown and there was no specific treatment. Modern medicine, especially the use of antibiotics, has completely removed the threat of the plague from modern society. The beginnings of the modern industrial age with its aggregation of the people in cramped conditions in crowded…

2 min
publishing editor’s note

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. What wildlife ranchers in South Africa have achieved over the past few decades is to take 20 million ha of marginal, often degraded agricultural land and improve the broader biodiversity in this huge area (20% of South African agricultural land) through introducing and increasing the numbers of indigenous wildlife species with the consequential improved sustainability of the land, diversity and health of all plants and animals found there. Adding substantially to the fringes of national parks such as the Kruger, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi and Addo, and providing additional habitat and corridors for numerous species,…

8 min
the bigger picture

The launch of this new publication, Private Game, coincides not only with the start of a new decade, but also a potentially dramatic reset of the world economy. This reset, caused by the global Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, will reshape human society, our relationship with nature, and what has come to be known as the wildlife economy. This therefore seems like a very opportune time to take stock and consider the past, assess the present and ponder the future. This new magazine will focus on the contribution of wildlife ranching to biodiversity conservation in South Africa, as well as the business of commercial ‘game' breeding and management in the private sector, where the term ‘game' denotes wild animals that are hunted. Given that South Africa is home to arguably the world's largest…

2 min

Michael ’t Sas-Rolfes Conservation economist Research associate: University of Oxford Research fellow: Oxford Martin School, African Wildlife Economy Institute (AWEI) and Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) Michael ’t Sas-Rolfes is a researcher, writer and consultant, with expertise relating to various aspects of the wildlife economy. He is currently conducting doctoral research at the University of Oxford, UK and maintains research fellowships with several esteemed institutions, including the Oxford Martin School, African Wildlife Economy Institute (at Stellenbosch University), University of the Witwatersrand and the Property and Environment Research Center (in Montana, USA). Passionate about nature and African wildlife since childhood, Michael's undergraduate studies in commerce included an analysis of the role of emerging private sector markets in support of rhino conservation. Following some active participation in the wildlife industry (as financial manager of a working wildlife ranch…

2 min

Dr Lucy Kemp (Pri. Nat. Sci.) Project Manager: Mabula Ground Hornbill Project Chair: South African Southern Ground-Hornbill Action Group Co-chair: IUCN Hornbill Specialist Group Raised in a family of biologists and trained with an MSc in Marine Biology, yet most happy when in the bush, Lucy Kemp was an unlikely candidate to take over a ground-hornbill conservation project, given she spent her whole life avoiding birds, and ground-hornbills in particular, as these where her parents' ‘thing'. But a childhood of spending time in close proximity to ongoing groundhornbill research, combined with her growing love of ‘the bush' and a strong personal need to conserve wild places, set her on course for a career in conservation. The southern ground-hornbill had lost 50-80% of its historical South African range (which included much of the Limpopo province) and…

2 min

Emmanuel Koro Johannesburg-based international award-winning environmental journalist who has written extensively on environment and development issues in Africa. Western Celebration of African Poverty What the book is all about and why I wrote it This book focuses on one of the most frustrating realities in Africa. The continent is resource-rich but poor. Despite Africa's poverty challenges, the book illustrates glimpses of poverty-reducing possibilities in rural southern Africa, under the programme called Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM). The CBNRM initiative enables rural communities to benefit from wildlife. It is a mind-set changing development approach, the benefits of which have transformed former poachers into absolute wildlife conservationists. It has made very traditional communities that used to resist family planning, embrace it, in order to avoid overpopulation that would displace wild animals from land set aside…