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Buying and selling wild animals: Part 2

7 October 2015

 

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The prices per animal and turnover on official wildlife auctions vary continually because of the type of animals being marketed and recent large changes can be ascribed to colour and morphological variants. In 2004 there were 72 per cent as many animals sold on fewer auctions than in 2014 but the mean price per animal was only 8 per cent of that in 2014. In the latter year more expensive wildlife formed 40 per cent of the turnover for only 6 per cent of the number of animals sold, colour and morphological variants generated 30 per cent of the turnover for 5 per cent of the animals sold, indigenous, rare wildlife generated 10 per cent of the turnover for 1 per cent of the animals sold and common wildlife generated 30 per cent of the turnover for 89 per cent of the animals sold.

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The wildlife that are sold can be captured actively in mass capture bomas by herding them with a helicopter, they can be captured chemically or they can be captured and collected with time in smaller numbers in passive capture bomas. Especially the rarer wildlife such as the African savanna buffalo, sable antelope, roan antelope, colour and morphological variants are sold on boma auctions, sometimes for exceptional prices. This only forms a fraction of the animals sold on most of the auctions but they generate a large portion of the turnover. In contrast, the more common wildlife are sold most, but only generate a fraction of the turnover. However, this is a recent trend because the top ten types of wildlife that were sold on 1998 also generated 82 per cent of the turnover. Since then the contribution of the plains wildlife to the turnover decreased.

Most of the wildlife ranches are in Limpopo and North West and wildlife typical of these regions contribute most to the wildlife auctions. These regions also have the best habitat for expensive buffaloes, sable and roan antelope. As a... (Become a subscriber for more)

 

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Cloete, PC, J du P Bothma, JG du Toit & J van Rooyen 2016. Buying and selling wild animals. In: J du P Bothma & JG du Toit, Game ranch management, sixth edition. Pretoria: Van Schaik.

Le Riche, JDH 1992. Investigating the causes of death in relocated wild animals. BSc (Hons) (Wildlife Management) project. Pretoria: University of Pretoria.

 

 

article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

 

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