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Management the key in SA’s parks

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The plan by South African National Parks (SANParks) to cull 2,620 animals from a variety of species will, undoubtedly, upset animal lovers.


28 Jul 2020
PREMIUM!
Management the key in SA’s parks

A white-headed vulture and warthog bond in the Kruger National Park. Picture: Matthew Mc Donald

It will be traumatic to think of the gemsboks, warthogs, springboks, waterbucks, kudus, plains zebras and fallow deer which will be shot. The prospect is all the more unpalatable because these species are often seen as innocuous and can survive in tough conditions. They are also not associated with the sort of immense damage which can be caused by large animals, like elephant. The animals are being culled in national reserves in what SANParks refers to as those in the “arid region” of South Africa – Karoo National Park, Tankwa Karoo National Park, Camdeboo, Addo Elephant Park, Mokala National Park...

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