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Game reintroduction at intosmi concession - AENP

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Game reintroduction at intosmi concession - AENP

Unread postby Joel » Sat May 22, 2010 4:38 pm

Hi,

I was wondering whether the Intsomi concession (mostly grasslands) was fenced off from the rest of the park (alexandria dunefields and forests)? If not, is there any monitoring of vegetation / habitat change as a result of the reintroduction of mammal species?


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Re: Game reintroduction at intosmi concession - AENP

Unread postby Joel » Fri May 28, 2010 5:19 pm

Megan,

I hope you have seen this post. :huh:
Most of the people on this forum seem to be interested in the most charismatic species (lion, elephant).

From my perspective, these are clearly amazing but I believe we should also keep an eye on biodiversity and ecosystem processes.

Getting back to the Alexandria section of AENP (where Intsomi lodge is located), I understand that some areas have undergone massive vegetation change resulting from past land clearing / commercial grazing (I have seen this when doing the Alexandria hiking trail a few years ago).
Reintroducing previously occuring mammal species is awsome (oribi, cape buffalo, etc.), but I was wondering on how might Sanparks deal with restoring native vegetation (coastal heath, alexandria forests)?

I hope you find the time to answer my quiery! :pray:

Thanks in advance,

Joël

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Re: Game reintroduction at intosmi concession - AENP

Unread postby Addo Elephant » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:39 pm

Hi Joel,

We believe that the grasslands at Intsomi are naturally-occuring grasslands. They were grazed by cattle in the past - and up to 400 head of cattle - but were not originally cleared of bush or forest, so we would not try to restore forest or bush there.

Although we do not have monitoring plots in that area (as we do in some other areas of the Park), we do monitor the populations of the grazers that have been introduced there. Grazer-species were introduced at very low densities to ensure that there was no negative impact on the vegetation.
Megan Taplin
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Re: Game reintroduction at intosmi concession - AENP

Unread postby Joel » Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:46 pm

Thank you very much for this information, Megan.

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Re: Game reintroduction at intosmi concession - AENP

Unread postby Bushveld Boy » Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:38 pm

Hi

Can anyone please tell me what is the size of the Intsomi section and what species has been introduced??

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Re: Game reintroduction at intosmi concession - AENP

Unread postby Joel » Sat Sep 04, 2010 8:18 pm

I believe the high profile threatened species would be the oribi. I was wondering what would be the carrying capacity for that species ?
Otherwise, buffalos, red hartebeasts, the usual stuff (but no elephant I think).


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