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25 July 2014

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Despite that only an estimated smaller fraction of all the wildlife being sold annually in South Africa are being done so on official wildlife auctions, these auctions are the only reliable source of trade in live wildlife. The first official live wildlife auction in South Africa was held on 7 May 1975 on the property of Mr K. G. Giliomee in the Hoedspruit district of Limpopo when 128 wild animals were sold for a turnover of R20 362 at a mean price of R159.09 per animal.

Live wildlife sales usually focus on wild herbivores because carnivores are seldom sold. Only lions were once sold regularly but their prices per animal have dropped by 27 per cent from 2011 to 2012 while no lions were sold in 2013 mainly because a resistance has developed to unethical canned lion hunting. A few spotted... (Become a subscriber for more)

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Bothma, J du P. 2005. It is time to end the debate on introducing exotic wildlife. S. Afr. J. Wildl. Res. 35(1): 97 - 102.

Cloete, P C, J du P Bothma, J G du Toit & J van Rooyen. In Press. Buying and selling wild animals. In J du P Bothma & J G du Toit (Eds), Game ranch management, sixth edition. Pretoria: Van Schaik.

Cloete, F 2014. Amptelike wildveilingomset breek deur die miljard merk. Game & Hunt 20(2): 63, 65 & 67.

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

 

Article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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