A necessary part of many environmental management actions taken at Armscor’s Alkantpan test range, in the Northern Cape, is culling of wildlife to keep numbers and species within the carrying capacity of the land. This year is one of the cull years and a tender has been issued for the “cull/capture and removal of game”.
The latest game census undertaken by Armscor showed Alkantpan was the home of over six thousand Springbok and more than 2 500 gemsbok. It also brought to the fore that the ram to ewe ratio among the Springbok is 70:30 and a decision has been taken to remove at least three thousand Springbok rams. Gemsbok numbers will be brought down to a thousand.
As far as utilisation of the wildlife product generated by the cull is concerned Armscor general manager: marketing and business development, Lulu Mzili, said meat from the cull will be tested by a laboratory to determine whether it is fit for human consumption. If yes it will be offered for sale and the revenue generated goes back into environmental management of the Alkantpan range.
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