Apart from the general game species, some interesting sightings during the census included blue cranes, leopard, a cheetah, porcupine and a lioness with young cubs.
Although the overall figures were similar to what was expected, there was an increase in especially the smaller antelope species which is encouraging.
They were the cubs of one of the young males from the coalition of 3 which originated in the north of the reserve, but which has made the southern parts their territory.
The primary management objective of Welgevonden is to facilitate acceptable short-term game viewing without compromising long-term biodiversity. To achieve this objective, it has been necessary for Welgevonden management to embark on a lion control programme to remove lions in order to reduce predation pressure on the prey population as well as to enable the introduction of new genes.>
Not surprisingly, therefore, there have been several large fires in the vicinity of Welgevonden over the course of the last two weeks.
by Andrew Parker
As the world grapples with the proverbial chickens of rampant industrialization and consumerism coming home to roost in the form of climate change, places such as Odzala National Park stand out as beacons of all that is left that is worth fighting for.
Facilitate acceptable short-term game viewing without compromising long-term biodiversity.
The month of June 2008 bore witness to the end of an era. In 1997, two young male lions were introduced onto Welgevonden together with three young lionesses. Shortly after being released, the two male lions parted ways and occupied different sections of the reserve. Consequently, they became known as the western and southern males respectively.
This was way above expectations and everybody was surprised by the prices rhino were fetching at the auction.