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Conservation Services

Projects

Transfrontier initiatives:

1. Animal translocations (plains game moved) add to this 111 elephant, 50 buffalo, 10 white rhino, 25 roan, 16 Lichtenstein’s hartebeest

2. Veterinary subcommittee for the Joint Management Board of the GLTP – we actively participate in joint veterinary discussions and planning affecting the greater region

3. Disease monitoring in the GLTP – we have done surveys on Tb in buffalo in the Limpopo NP

4. Radio tracking – we have assisted Limpopo NP and also other potential transfrontier parks with collaring of elephants and subsequent follow-up as well as other collars fitted to sable, roan and buffalo

Development of parks:

1. Translocation and restocking of animals into newly developed national parks

2. Supply of animals for when animals are exchanged for essential land purchases

3. Special species introductions like predators to Addo (e.g.) and genetic additions to ensure general health of reintroduced animals (e.g. elephant bulls to Addo from Kruger)

Species conservation management:

1. Black rhino notching and movements (big focus of the Kimberley unit)

2. Rare and valuable breeding projects like buffalo, roan and sable at Graspan and roan in Kruger

3. Sable rehabilitated from zoos back into the wild (Back to Africa)

4. White rhino movements in Kruger and to other parks

5. Disease-free buffalo breeding project (1997 – 2006)

Sales and contractual agreements:

1. White rhino sales from Kruger to private reserves to generate income for the park development fund (land purchase i.e. biodiversity asset swap) – link to resource use policy

2. Rare and valuable sales from Mokala NP and Graspan (for same reason as above)

3. Support local initiatives like Kirkwood auction at Addo – disease –free buffalo from Addo available to private reserves

4. Provide endangered species like Cape Mountain Zebra and Black rhino for cooperative conservation projects (CMZ in cape province and black rhino internationally)

5. Supply of game to contractual NP (remain property of SANParks) to enhance partnership relationship

Disease management and monitoring:

1. BTB monitoring in buffalo in Kruger

2. BTB monitoring on lion in Kruger

3. General disease monitoring in all parks when opportunities arise

4. Sarcoid research in Mountain Zebra in Bontebok NP

5. Disease prevention principles applied to animal movements – quarantine facilities both in Kruger and Kimberley

Research

1. Lion anesthesia development

2. Hyena anesthesia development

3. Collaborative projects on long-term studies on TB in buffalo in Satara (with mammal Research Institute and University of Berkley in the USA)

4. Collaborative project on lions and buffalo interaction linked to TB in Satara (as above)

5. TB diagnostics