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Media Release: Capture of 30 Addo Elephant National Park buffalo going well
Date: 16th May 2013
The bomas in the Addo Elephant National Park are beginning to fill with prime buffalo ahead of the annual Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees auction.
A total of 30 disease-free buffalo will be offered for sale at the auction on Friday, 28 June 2013, according to Addo Elephant National Park manger Norman Johnson.
“We have captured some magnificent animals. One bull has an estimated horn spread of 44.5 inches,” he says.
It will be the largest number of Addo buffalo yet offered for auction by South African National Parks at the Kirkwood sale.
Funds raised through the sale of the animals will go towards park development and conservation-related expenses.
“We are delighted to continue to offer these sought-after Addo buffalo on our auction,” says Johan Swart, convener of the auction, which is one of the top in South Africa.
It is one of a handful where buyers can view game in bomas before they bid.
“This year we will again have a wide selection of prime animals from the top reserves in the Eastern Cape,” he says.
The auction, which starts at 12 on the Friday, attracts buyers from all over Southern Africa.
“We are already receiving enquiries about the buffalo, which are in demand because of their breeding and the fact that they are free of corridor disease, foot and mouth and tuberculosis,” he says.
Addo Elephant National Park buffalo have fetched over R500 000 at a Kirkwood auction.
Wildsfees - Johan Swart: 042 2300440
Siyathetha - Ed Richardson: 041 5823750 / 083 656 9757