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NATURE: Mammals 


Game viewing in your own vehicle, might offer encounters with the occasional Leopard, the listed antelope species as well as numerous smaller antelope species. The farm is part of a voluntary Black Leopard conservation project. The variation in habitat makes it possible to accommodate a wide range of game species. At the moment leopard, civet, caracal, impala, kudu, zebra, eland, waterbuck, blue wildebeest, klipspringer, grey duiker, mountain reedbuck and lots of baboons occur on the property. Additional game species will be introduced after the completion of a wildlife management plan. The farm is part of some of the last known distribution areas of the endangered Oribi (Ourebia ourebi) . It is the stated objective of the Eco-reserve to protect the Oribi.

The management plan will indicate the sustainable carrying capacity of the area, the ideal mixture of game species and veld management guidelines to be followed. The game population will be scientifically managed with regular game censuses and vegetation monitoring. Indications are that the following may be accommodated:

Kudu

24

Waterbuck

12

Nyala

12

Giraffe

8

B/W Beest

36

Eland

40

Impala

90

Zebra

30

Oryx

tba

Blesbok

48

Hartebees

24

Ostrich

24

Tsessebe

24

Springbok

tba

Mountain Reedbuck

20

Other game such as Leopard, Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) , Brown Hyena, Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris) , Duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia) , Mountain Reedbuck (Redunca fulvorufula), Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) , Vervet Monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops pygerythrus) , Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus), Namaqua Rock Mouse (Aethomys namaquensis), Porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis) are regularly spotted. The current game list only constitutes 36% of the carrying capacity. The game will be managed to maintain minimum herd sizes and returns on harvesting will be used to maintain the farm and purchase more exotic species such as decease free Buffalo , Roan Antelope and possibly Sable. The farm has various storage dams, 9 production boreholes and an irrigation furrow. Drinking holes for game are abundant.

Suitable habitat occurs within the study area for 43 Red Data mammal species listed below. Of these species, 38 have “High” probabilities of occurrence. The shorteared Trident Bat (Cloeotis percivali) is Critically Endangered. The Oribi (Ourebia ourebi) and 2 Golden Moles , (Amblysomus robustus, Neamblysomus gunningi) are highly likely to occur.

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