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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.

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4 Issues

in this issue

6 min
perspectives about the future of the wildlife industry

On 28 October 1982, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution number 37/7 under the title World Charter For Nature. The resolution expressed (among other things) “its conviction that the benefits which could be obtained from nature depended on the maintenance of natural processes and on the diversity of life forms and that those benefits were jeopardised by the excessive exploitation and the destruction of natural habitats… (it further urged member states) … to conduct their activities in recognition of the supreme importance of protecting natural systems, maintaining the balance and quality of nature, and conserving natural resources, in the interests of present and future generations”. In line with this resolution and the constitution of the Republic of South Africa the conduct of the wildlife industry rests on the philosophical…

6 min
perspektiewe oor die toekoms van die wildbedryf

Op 28 Oktober 1982 het die Algemene Vergadering van die Verenigde Nasies ’n resolusie nommer 37/7 goedgekeur onder die titel World Charter For Nature. Die resolusie het onder meer “sy oortuiging uitgespreek dat die voordele wat uit die natuur verkry kan word, afhang van die instandhouding van natuurlike prosesse en die diversiteit van lewensvorme en dat daardie voordele ondermyn word deur die oormatige uitbuiting en vernietiging van natuurlike habitatte. Dit het lidlande verder aangemoedig om hul bedrywighede uit te voer met erkenning dat die beskerming van natuurlike stelsels van die hoogste belang is, handhawing van die balans en gehalte van die natuur, en bewaring van natuurlike hulpbronne, in die belang van huidige en toekomstige geslagte”. In ooreenstemming met hierdie besluit en die grondwet van die Republiek van Suid-Afrika berus die optrede…

2 min
publishing editor’s note

Benjamin Franklin’s quote: “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement and success have no meaning,” is of particular relevance to our wildlife ranching industry. In our lead article, ‘Wild growth’, Michael ’t Sas-Rolfes states that growth is a fundamental attribute of the wildlife ranching industry. In his concluding remarks, he suggests that perhaps the greatest future opportunity for the industry lies in gaining the economies of scale that could be achieved with the consolidation of larger management areas. Dr Jacco Dry analysed game prices of 2018 and states that the overall market appears to be reaching a turning point and data points to a likelihood that a stable 2019 might be experienced. Based on the importance of South African conservation success stories, the Wildlife Ranching executive editorial team decided to…

5 min
make a difference

Growth. We all frequently use the word, knowing that it is important, but, perhaps, without really thinking about what we actually mean or without thinking of the bigger picture, the broader context. Every month or two, when the South African Reserve Bank or the Ratings Agencies like Standard and Poor revise our economic growth forecast downwards, we cringe and perhaps are stimulated into a short bout of frenzied planning. Growth itself has a hierarchy: there is self-growth (self-actualisation); there is personal economic growth and a striving towards financial security; there is the growth, economically, financially and by impact on society of our businesses, in this case our game ranches; there is the growth of our wildlife ranching industry and how we as a group can contribute to decent jobs, to food…

5 min
maak ’n verskil

Groei. Ons gebruik almal dikwels die woord, omdat ons weet dit is belangrik, maar miskien sonder om werklik te dink oor wat ons regtig daarmee bedoel of sonder om te dink aan die groter prentjie, die breër konteks. Elke maand of twee, wanneer die Suid-Afrikaanse Reserwebank of die graderingsagentskappe soos Standard and Poor die vooruitskatting van ons ekonomiese groeivooruitsigte afwaarts hersien, krimp ons ineen en word miskien gedryf tot ’n kort sarsie van verwoede beplanning. Groei self het ’n hiërargie: daar is selfgroei (selfaktualisering); daar is persoonlike ekonomiese groei en ’n strewe na finansiële sekuriteit; daar is ekonomiese en finansiële groei van ons besighede en die meegaande impak op die samelewing, in hierdie geval ons wildplase; daar is die groei van ons wildboerderybedryf en hoe ons as ’n groep kan bydra…

1 min
on the cover

The past five years of breeding with ‘Horison’ have exceeded every expectation that we could possibly have had in producing phenomenal buffalo. We waited patiently for every calf to be born and watching them develop just proved that handpicking the cows and breeding them to a unique bull like ‘Horison’, definitely makes all the difference in contributing to the ‘big buffalo’ legacy. ‘Horison’ showed great potential at the tender age of four years and 10 months, already measuring 51+". He was the missing piece of our ‘big buffalo’ herd puzzle. He produces astonishing females of which some already measures close to 36" at only four years. They are sure to hit the 40" bar. His first offspring produced on Hoogenbomen are only 4 1/2 years old and already measuring up to our…