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Pitfalls on live wildlife auctions:

the origin of wildlife

24 August 2012

The world is full of myths in which people believe blindly and wildlife producers are no exception. One of the myths among wildlife producers is that wildlife that show deviating characteristics are bound to be a secure investment. Many wildlife producers therefore believe that wildlife with exceptional characteristics will improve their own wildlife while the wildlife of any given region is known to be genetically best adapted to the specific environment. As a result of this myth, many wildlife producers turn towards the importation of wildlife with deviations in appearance while they actually are genetic freaks. A few examples will be discussed briefly below.

A wild animal’s physical appearance (phenotype) is determined by the interaction between its genetics (genotype) and its natural environment. The appearance of a specific animal is based upon its observable characteristics, such as the coat colour and pattern, the size and shape of the horns, its weight and on its biochemical and physiological composition. In the genotype, or genetic composition, there is infinite variation in any large population or herd... (Become a subscriber for more)

 

References:

Cloete, F 2012. Tendense van lewende wildverkope 2011. Game & Hunt 18(2): 18 - 20.

Jansen van Vuuren, B, T J Robinson, P VazPinto, R Estes en C A Matthee 2010. Western Zambian sable antelope: are they a geographic extension of the giant sable? South African Journal of Wildlife Research 40(1): 35 - 42.

Koen, J 2012. Western roan antelope in South Africa. Game & Hunt 18(7): 69.

 

By: Prof J du P Bothma

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