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The futuristic wildlife producer

2 February 2015

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Because of its rich wildlife resources, South Africa offers a variety of opportunities to wildlife producers. However, the type of land-use differs markedly between individuals. Whereas the initial wildlife producers concentrated on indigenous wildlife to restock their wildlife ranches, there is no longer a single image of a modern wildlife producer. Partially the problem is that most wildlife producers still believe that the habitat and all wildlife will remain in a natural balance and that effective management of fenced land of limited size is not necessary for success. In addtion, the wildlife industry is purely structured and many wildlife producers follow a hit and miss policy instead of establishing the best approach scientifically.

There is no doubt that South Africa has a widely divergent and vibrant wildlife industry. However, the nature and scope of various activities have changed with time, and will continue to do so in the future because of economic and ecological pressures. Wildlife ranches were initially established purely from a need to own a piece of wild land as a refuge from life. With increased urbinisation, a need developed for access to a wildlife ranch, especially for recreation and meat hunting. With time, hunting for meat and trophy animals became the main sources of income for wildlife producers. Tourism, the commercial... (Become a subscriber for more)

 

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Bothma, J du P. 2014. Die stand van die wildbedryf in Suid-Afrika. Game & Hunt 20(12): 72 - 75.

Bothma, J du P, H J Sartorius von Bach & P C Cloete. In Press. Economics of the wildlife industry in southern Africa. In J du P Bothma & J G du Toit (Eds), Game ranch management, sixth edition. Pretoria: Van Schaik.

Niehaus, C. 2014. Runaway game prices an economic bubble? S A Hunter, March: 68, 70.

Niehaus, C. 2014. Chris Niehaus antwoord. Letters, S A Hunter, April: 10.

 

article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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