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6 October 2014

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Only a small proportion of the live wildlife being sold in South Africa annually appear on auctions because most of the animals being sold involve private transactions. However, there are various types of auction, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

Most of the animals are being sold on boma auctions after being kept temporarily in pens at the auction site before being transported to the release site. Boma auctions often yield unrealistically high prices for individual animals partly as a show of the buyer’s social status and boma auctions are important social events for the wildlife industry. Moreover, these auctions provide a marketing platform for many peripheral services. The prices that the buyers are willing to pay vary regionally and are also influenced by the lot composition in terms of the sex, age, physical condition and type of animal... (Become a subscriber for more)

 

Reference:

P C Cloete, 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.

 

Article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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