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Shayamanzi environment

12 July 2013

Shayamanzi is a Zulu word meaning Hit the water. This game farm in the Waterberg, better known as the Bushveld, is the natural habitat of leopards. The vegetation is bushy, especially in summer, many mountains and ridges occur and particularly the mountainous areas abound with fountains and streams. Leopards still occur on the thousands of game farms and easily get through game fences. Almost every telephone call to and from Shayamanzi, and campfire, auction, business and lounge discussions at some stage deal with leopards.

Shayamanzi´s story starts in 1989 when there were very few game farms, compared to the numerous game farms today (2013). Few game farmers see or really know the behaviour or movements of leopards on their farms. Shayamanzi tries to understand and unravel the mystery surrounding the leopards that still occur here naturally. What can we learn from these cats which are masters in survival? What do they want to tell us?

Let us know or send us photographs of what is happening on your farm or in your environment. Please read the book by Prof J du P Bothma and Clive Walker about the Waterberg (you can order directly from Prof Bothma).

 

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