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Springbok in the Kruger?

Unread postby beerboy » Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:11 pm

Hi everyone

I would just like to find out why there is no springbok in the kruger park??
If memory serves me correctly its because they eat a certain grass but i dont have the greatest memory in the world :redface: so that might be the case with a different animal.
On my last trip i asked the guide why not and his answer was because luke watson often visits. ha ha :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :thumbs_up: but then i never got the real reason so if anyone can help please let me know

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Re: Why is there no springbok in the Kruger??

Unread postby Imax » Mon Dec 22, 2008 9:12 pm

I think is pretty much a habitat reason. Sprinkbok are more suited to drier habitat such as the Freestate, Karoo and Kalahari.

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Re: Why is there no springbok in the Kruger??

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Mon Dec 22, 2008 9:41 pm

I posted that question originally. :lol: The answer from SANParks was - Although Springbok do adapt well elsewhere they keep animals in their natural habitat. Which for Springbok is limited to the drier regions as Imax stated. As Duques stated there are health reasons attached. It's all about SANParks' policy of not interfering with the natural way of animals.

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Re: Why is there no springbok in the Kruger??

Unread postby cougar » Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:51 pm

DuQues wrote:Check here, and this is the reason:
Springbok are particularly susceptible to a disease called heartwater, which is transmitted by the Heartwater tick. Once infected the disease (a bacterium) causes fluid accumulation in the pericardium (tissue around the heart) leading to the death of the Springbok. What is significant here, is the fact that these ticks cannot survive in the drier regions preferred by Springbok and are only found in Bushveld areas. If Springbok are released into the Lowveld region of South Africa (around the Kruger National Park) they quickly die.


I just heard about heartwater yesterday reading a veterinary source. I had never heard of it and wondered what it was. Now I know!

It's interesting that it affects springboks more than other animals. It sounds like other antelope and buffalo can become infected--correct? I'm going to have to do some more research on this.

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Re: Why is there no springbok in the Kruger??

Unread postby DuQues » Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:08 am

oddesy wrote:Its a fact :wink:

It is... Do a Google on sprinbok and heartwater disease. That disease incidentally also attacks the (female only? Can't remember..) reproductive organs, making it harder still for them to live in areas like Kruger.
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Re: Why is there no springbok in the Kruger??

Unread postby oddesy » Thu Jan 01, 2009 5:18 pm

It is a fact :roll:

That is the reason why they do not occur in kruger and the surrounds. It is not a nonsense reason. Simply pure science.
I would like to see references for this answers as in my opinion this is really crap.

Have a look here, it explains it in detail and eveen includes a detailed distribution map that covers the kruger park and surrounding areas :roll:
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Re: Why is there no springbok in the Kruger??

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Jan 01, 2009 5:39 pm

It is the same reason why you don't find Gemsbok in Kruger! Not nonsense at all.

I know of a game farmer who bought a lot of Gemsbok and placed them on his farm in Limpopo. He lost the most of them, and the remaining few are having a battle. He has tried everything to remove as many as possible ticks from his farm, to no avail.

All living organisms are adapted to the area in which they live. This includes the climate, vegetation, competitors, predators, and yes, also the diseases.

Some species will thrive outside their natural habitat, and that is why you get invasive species. Most won't!

That is why you do not, and have never found Springbuck in the KNP!
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Re: Springbok in Kruger ?????

Unread postby Malealea » Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:09 pm

naturally there were no Springboks in Kruger.

1) its too moist for them, they prefer deier parts
2) the comncurenz with Impies are to huge. Meaning where Impalas exist No springbock.

But some Private game reserves mixed them up meaning the ciexistenz can be possible if the are forced to. I only know one NP (Etosha) where Impalas and Springbooks live naturaly together. But we have to keep in mind the we are not talking abou the common one we are talking about a rar Subspecia. The Black faced Impala, they are taller then the common one.
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Re: Springbok in Kruger ?????

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:18 pm

Pilanesberg has both, though one of them could be re-introduced and not occur naturally.
In general, yes only one species will occupy a niche, but there are many instances where you get two species with the same niche in the same area, which is generally an overlap of habitats.
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Re: Springbok in Kruger ?????

Unread postby oddesy » Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:05 am

Jesica, the reason why they do not occur in kruger is well known. Animals have what are known as biogeographic envelopes which define the environmental, climate and habitat variables suitable for the animal.

Most animals can "live" outside of these envelopes but often the problem comes in when they reproduce.

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Re: Springbok in Kruger ?????

Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:52 pm

Impala do not naturally occur in KTP, though they have been seen there in years past. It was always small groups which soon disappeared again. The habitat is simply not suitable for Impala.
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springbok in Kruger?

Unread postby ww29 » Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:20 am

Hi all

I am currently having an argument with a friend - are their Springbok in the Kruger, perhaps near Punda Maria?
I saw they is not but my friend insists there are.

please help me settle this.

thanks!
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Re: springbok in Kruger?

Unread postby Carol g » Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:23 am

Nope, no springbok in Kruger, last time I looked
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Re: springbok in Kruger?

Unread postby Ifubesi » Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:25 am

Hi there.
There are definitely no springbok in Kruger.
One of the reasons is a specific type of tick found in hotter and more humid bushveld areas which the springbok is very sensitive to.
If I remember correctly, they tried to settle a few springboks in Kruger many decades ago but it never worked due to this tick killing them off.
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Re: springbok in Kruger?

Unread postby ww29 » Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:28 am

thank you so much for your answer! :D


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