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Pitfalls on live wildlife auctions:

wildlife diseases

21 September 2012

There are two major pitfalls concerning wildlife diseases which should be taken into consideration when buying wildlife. The one concerns buying wildlife from or moving them to regions with a known prevalence of some diseases and the other with buying wildlife which can introduce diseases to a wildlife ranch because they do not yet show the clinical symptoms of such diseases at the time of buying, or because the symptoms are nor recognized by the buyer.

The first pitfall centres around the myth that it is possible to introduce a founding population of springbok that is resistant to heartwater disease by buying it privately or on live wildlife auctions from a region where this disease is endemic. Springbok from regions where heartwater disease is endemic usually sell for much higher prices than springbok from other regions... (Become a subscriber for more)

 

References:

Anonymous 2007. Heartwater. Center for Food Security and Public Health. Ames: Iowa State University.

Anonymous 2012. Diseases shared by animals and humans. Kruger Park Times. http://www.krugerpark.co.za/krugerpark-times-2-8-diseases-shared-by-animals- and-humans

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

Oberem, P and P Oberem 2011. A guide to animal diseases in South Africa. Pretoria: Briza Publications.

Verdoorn, G H 2011. Bek-en-klou-seer bedreig ons wild. S A Hunter, July: 40.

By: Prof J du P Bothma

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