Sable Antelope (Hippotragus niger) were widespread in the bushveld areas of the Transvaal. In the 1940's it was estimated that there were over 36,000 Sable Antelope in the lowveld outside the Kruger National Park. Today there are less than 200 Sable left in the Kruger National Park! The conservation and study of this species is a priority.
All the geopositional information has been collated using arcview and interesting information has been gleaned. Exciting news was received in June 2009. The last remaining male that was released in Mapungubwe was sited at Jwala in the Northern Tuli block in Botswana having crossed the Limpopo river! This proves that these reintroduced animals do have the ability to survive in harsh environments with predators present.
With the deproclamation of Vaalbos National Park a decision was made to move the main group to the Mokala National Park close to Kimberley. On the 17 October 2007 SANParks Game Capture Unit moved the 9 cows and 2 bulls to a breeding camp in Mokala. The position in April 2010 at Mokala National Park breeding camp was 23 animals made up of 10 adults with 7 calves born in 2009 and 6 in 2010!
A fresh bull was reintroduced to the group in July 2009 to prevent inbreeding. Section ranger Abel Ramavhale is to be commended for his interest and care given to the project.
Back to Africa, a not for profit organization, runs solely on donations supplied by you. The operations alone require significant further financial investment. Some of these costs are particularly needed to meet the massive cost of transporting animals from zoo’s around the world Back to Africa.
Back to Africa is a Registered Non Profit Organization and falls under the Section 21 clause.
Registered charity number: 99 18147:/08