02 Mar Hippo release
Another first for Welgevonden in February, the introduction of 2 hippo into Rhino Dam!
The young male and female are from Mpatamacha Game Dealers farm between
Vaalwater and Melkrivier.
They are the ideal animals for Welgevonden, they are young and from the Waterberg, which means that they are used to the vegetation and should therefore adapt easier to the new environment. Furthermore, they are from a dam and not a river, which should also be an advantage in that they will stay in the Welgevonden dams much easier.
The two hippo were released into Rhino Dam for several reasons, it is in the middle of the reserve which will give them lots of space before they will reach a fence. There is also good grazing on the nearby Fig Tree and Ibhubesi Plains, and the close proximity of Leopard Dam means that there is a dam close by in case Rhino Dam dries up with the very dry weather we are experiencing at the moment.
They have started to explore their new home already, and their tracks were spotted halfway down into the Taaibos Valley in the north, and onto the Grootwater Plains south of the dam. We hope that they will enjoy there new home on Welgevonden.