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Treverton’s Wildlife Area conducts a successful game capture

The Treverton Wildlife Area was the scene of helicopters, nets, trucks and much activity when blesbuck and zebra were captured for relocation.

Treverton’s Wildlife Area (TWA), is one of the school’s many unique features.

It was established 13 years ago, with the object of returning the school’s farm to its natural eco-systems, eliminating exotic vegetation and ensure the healthy relocation of game to the area.

Over the period, and under the guidance of the school’s Environmental Liaison Officer Janet Snow, this objective has come to fruition.

The antelope population has grown rapidly and following good game management practice, it has been prudent to assess the animal numbers in relation to the TWA’s carrying capacity, specifically related to separate species and the current conditions.

This year the school’s Game Management Advisor suggested the removal of one family group of zebra.

The zebra numbers were close to their ‘socially’ overstocked levels, which means that increased social conflict would occur if the numbers of zebra increased.

He also suggested the removal of between 20 – 30 blesbuck as a means of lowering the numbers below the optimum ‘selective feeders’ levels.

The Blesbuck are selective grazers, as opposed to bulk grazers.

Acting on this advice, the Treverton Wildlife Area was the scene of helicopters, nets, trucks and much activity when blesbuck and zebra were captured for relocation.

Mrs Snow commented that the capture was conducted very professionally with no injury and minimal stress to the animals.

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