Game auction raises almost R4 million
EZEMVELO KZN Wildlife held another successful game auction yesterday, raising almost R4 million towards conservation.
There were 449 animals for sale at the auction, held at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.
Among them were three adult male white rhino, aged between five and seven years old. There were also two female rhino which were sold with dependent male calves. One bidder spent R300 000 on the most prized rhino, while others went for an average of almost R75 000.
Despite all being dehorned, the rhino collectively sold for R825 000, an amount only surpassed by buffalo on auction.
There were no bovines on the auction list between 2012 and 2016. However, last year, they sold for almost R50 000. This year, 34 of them brought in R972 000 with a bidder spending R96 000 on one.
Ezemvelo spokesperson Musa Mntambo said they have been auctioning game twice a year since 1989. This was part of conservation efforts.
“When a game reserve has reached its capacity for a certain animal, it is put up for auction.” Selling off of some animals also served to diversify the gene pool, said Mntambo.
While there was no community levy at this auction, part of the proceeds go towards the people living in and around the reserves.
“We can’t have people living in poverty when there is a game reserve in their area. So the community levy goes towards the community’s needs,” said Mntambo.
Ezemvelo uses the rest of the proceeds for conservation.
Contributing to the R3 759 950 made, were 136 zebra which brought in almost R400 000. Just five hippos brought in almost the same amount. More than half this amount was brought in by 25 waterbuck, 60 Red Hartebeest and 82 Blue Wildebeest.