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Media Release: Record price for Addo buffalo at Kirkwood auction

Date: 2010-06-08

Disease-free buffalo from the Karoo and Camdeboo National Parks fetched top prices at the Kirkwood Wildlife Auction held in the Eastern Cape this past Saturday.

Disease-free buffalo from the Karoo and Camdeboo National Parks fetched top prices at the Kirkwood Wildlife Auction held in the Eastern Cape this past Saturday.

“We earned R500 000 for a buffalo cow and calf pair which is a record price for South African National Parks and for the Kirkwood Auction,” said Addo Elephant National Park Manager Norman Johnson.

The buffalo, which originally came from Addo Elephant National Park’s buffalo herd, are traditionally much sought-after as breeding stock due to the absence of diseases such as bovine tuberculosis, corridor disease and foot-and-mouth disease in the herd.

Addo Elephant National Park is home to the largest disease-free buffalo herd in South Africa.

The top price earned for a family group of SANParks buffalo on the auction was R280 000 per buffalo, while sales of black wildebeest and red hartebeest bulls from Mountain Zebra National Park reached R3 700 and R3 300 respectively.

Johnson said that SANParks made over R8.99 million on the auction while the total auction earnings reached over R10.3 million.

Proceeds of the sale of SANParks wildlife on the game auction are channelled into SANParks’ Park Development Fund, a fund used to expand and develop the national park system across the country.

Kirkwood Wildlife Festival Chairman, Johan Swart, said that the Kirkwood Wildlife Auction is now the second largest auction in the country and this year attracted a record 89 registered buyers from all over South Africa.

A wide variety of wildlife species went under the hammer at the auction, including sable antelope, giraffe, zebra and nyala.

Issued by:
South African National Parks

Enquiries:
Megan Taplin, Regional Communications Manager, Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Karoo, Mountain Zebra National Parks, tel: (042) 233-8609, cell: 083 650 8649, e-mail: meganb@sanparks.org

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