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SOS Rhino : In the News : Game auction to be held earlier this year

Game auction to be held earlier this year


February 2, 2005

By Chris Jenkins

KZN Wildlife's annual auction of surplus game will be held on May 14 at the Centenary Game Capture Centre in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park.

The auction, which attracts buyers from around the country and overseas, is being held earlier this year for practical reasons.

KZN Wildlife's game capture team is already gearing up for the event, although actual capture operations will begin only in April, said spokesman Jeff Gaisford.

He said the format will remain the same as in previous years, with certain animals being captured and on show to buyers while the bulk of game on offer would be sold on catalogue.

Coming under the hammer will be the usual selection of wild game surplus to the needs of various wildlife parks and these will include white rhino, hippo, impala, nyala and zebra. Hippos will also be available.

Gaisford said the auction is a practical method of disposing of surplus animals from the organisation's 110 protected areas, while at the same time distributing these animals throughout South Africa.

In disposing of top quality game from the many protected areas of KwaZulu-Natal, the auction is able to feed excellent breeding stock of various species into privately owned game properties, thus ensuring a wide distribution of good genetic material, Gaisford said.

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