In the news this month...
Early one morning in April André Burger (Chief
Operating Officer) was on his way to the office,
when close to the end of the Main Airstrip, he
saw a herd of impala looking into the grass and
snorting as a sign of danger. Initially he
caught a glimpse of an impala being held down a
predator with spots. Initially he thought it was
a leopard but closer investigation revealed a
cheetah busy suffocating an impala.
On an April afternoon, Angus Frew, from
Izingwe Lodge in the south of the Reserve,
witnessed a long distance sighting of a
unique interaction between a male cheetah
and a mother of 3 small cubs, less than
three months old. Both the male and female
cheetah showed intense signs of aggression
towards each other.
A new species, a new era,
Sable back on
by Samuel Davidson-Phillips
Near the end of
April 2014 Welgevonden Game Reserve received
the first 4 of 9 sub-adult sable bulls to be
re-introduced onto the Reserve. The animals
were placed in a temporary holding boma to
accustom them to one another and hopefully
for a small bachelor herd prior to release
into the Buffalo Camp.
Another ordinary day in the office turned
into a day filled with excitement as
Welgevonden prepared to release a young
brown hyena into the Reserve. The animal had
been caught in a cage trap on a farm between
Thabazimbi and Lephalale. The owner had set
the trap to catch a stray domestic dog that
was attacking his livestock. To his surprise
he discovered a brown hyena in the trap –
despite it being the 1st April this was not
an April Fool’s prank!
After 3½ years Welgevonden has had to say
good bye to Shaun McCartney as CEO.
The Chairman summed it up as follows: “I
want to thank him (Shaun) for the
professional and effective way in which he
conducted himself and performed his duties.
It was hard to put up a fight to keep him,
against the competition of brewing beer with
his closest friends in his home town.