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Shaping Kruger - by Mitch Reardon

Unread postby Ifubesi » Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:43 am

The full title is: SHAPING KRUGER - The Dynamics of Managing Wildlife in Africa's Premier Game Park

This is new on the shelves and provides for fascinating reading to anyone with an interest in the ecology of the Kruger National Park. With this book, Mitch Reardon summarizes tons of research that has been done on Kruger's large mammals and their ecology in a user friendly way that will appeal to the ecologist and the average Kruger visitor alike. I can highly recommend it!
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Re: Shaping Kruger - by Mitch Reardon

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:44 am

I ended up buying the book on Kindle eventually, it was much cheaper.

I really enjoyed the book. It got a bit too scientific sometimes, and some of the numbers were hard to deal with, but incredibly interesting nonetheless. The way everything connects to and influences everything else is fascinating, as well as seeing how the theories and practices have changed over the years.
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Re: Shaping Kruger - by Mitch Reardon

Unread postby yoda » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:29 am

I have read most of this book now.

I have always been under the impression that Kruger is prinstine wilderness.
But I think that some big mistakes have been made in the past with regards to wildlife and veld management.

A very insightful book.

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Re: Shaping Kruger - by Mitch Reardon

Unread postby Ifubesi » Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:13 am

Correct Yoda.
Hopefully these mistakes can be rectified in the future through new insights of ecological management currently being implemented.
Marketing endeavours so often depict national parks and nature reserves as pristine wilderness but in this day and age there are very little, if any such pristine areas left. The moment you erect a fence or build a dam or road, you have to manage a natural area in some way or another.
If for example you wanted to view the whole Kruger ecosystem as a pristine system, you would at least have needed the whole area from the peeks of the Mpumalanga Drakensberg (80km to the west of kruger) to the Mozambique coast (300km to the east of Kruger) to be free of any man-made structures, in order to allow natural migration and water distribution to take effect. That's and area more than 7 times the size of Kruger :shock: . So the task of ecological managers to keep the natural system as "natural" as possible is quite complex...
"Pristine" itself is a debatable term in africa, as the landscape here have been shaped by humans for thousands of years through fires, hunting and pastoralism.
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Re: Shaping Kruger - by Mitch Reardon

Unread postby Garyd73 » Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:41 pm

I have finished this book now and found it a very good read. As has been said it was interesting to see how one species affects another like Lions affecting Wild dog numbers and how drought changes prey for certain animals. I also learnt some animal behaviour from this like Hyenas can give birth to 2 cubs and the first one out might attack the next one as soon as it's delivered and the reasons why.
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Re: Shaping Kruger - by Mitch Reardon

Unread postby George_Brits » Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:50 am

Hi Garyd73,

I am busy reading it, and so far it is quite fascinating! I can recommend "Game ranger in your backpack" by Megan Emmett and Sean Pattrick as well.


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