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Re: Anthrax outbreak in the north of the KNP

Unread postby K-4S » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:58 am

Surely that area was chosen as a breeding area as it provides the most conducive habitat for the roan antelope to breed in. I belive from my readings that the roan do not deal well with streses on the herd. Thus surely the habitat was chosen to put as little stress on the herd as possible.

Another question is how often do SANparks bring in new blood into the camp to avoid family members breeding with one another?
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Re: Anthrax outbreak in the north of the KNP

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:02 pm

:hmz: and the possibility of the antrax being (accidentally) introduced to the camp and the antelope were all contaminated because of the close proximity to each other?
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Re: Anthrax outbreak in the north of the KNP

Unread postby Mubi » Wed Aug 29, 2012 3:30 pm

As Anthrax can affect many different animals and its outbreak cannot be forecasted or predicted, the idea of any form of vaccination as a 'precaution' becomes largely irrelevant. It would be physically and logistically impossible to vaccinate every kind of animal that may remotely become affected by the disease.

Management of an anthrax outbreak is a complex one because of its unpredictability. Trying to apply a human-based management-by-prophylaxis "vaccination tool" to the problem simply will not work. The Vet's and scientists apply their best skills to containing these outbreaks under difficult conditions and circumstances so let's trust their expertise and judgements on how best to contain this.

It's unfortunate that this particular outbreak has affected the particularly scarce and vulnerable Roan antelope and emotionally, for most of us, this is hard to accept, given the growing numbers of endangered species that get added to the list each year.

As a youngster, many years ago, I witnessed the terrible fallout of two different outbreaks in the Park with much larger and widespread damage as far as numbers are concerned and how deeply it affected the rangers and staff as well as many others. Nature can be truly destructive but the more we learn about it, the better we are able to cope and manage such outbreaks in the future without too much human intervention and manipulation.

There is no quick-fix to this problem so let's just take our hats off to those dedicated people who are out there in the field and hope they can successfully contain this outbreak and limit the damage as much as possible.

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Re: Anthrax outbreak in the north of the KNP

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:01 pm

Thanks Mubi! :thumbs_up:
now all we can do is wish the vets and scientists good luck and all the best in sorting this out and containing it as soon as possible. :pray:
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Re: Anthrax outbreak in the north of the KNP

Unread postby Crested Val » Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:41 pm

:thumbs_up:
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Re: Anthrax outbreak in the north of the KNP

Unread postby avon vosloo » Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:17 am

Mubi wrote
......the more we learn about it, the better we are able to cope and manage such outbreaks in the future....


:thumbs_up: and the more questions we ask - the more we learn.

Early detection of an outbreak may just be the key ?

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Re: Anthrax outbreak in the north of the KNP

Unread postby flying cheetah » Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:41 pm

Very very sad news :cry:
Last year I had such wonderful sightings of these amazing antelopes and had the luck to spend a lot of time with them. Now I wonder if the animals I saw became victims of this terrible disease :big_eyes:
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Re: Anthrax outbreak in the north of the KNP

Unread postby Crested Val » Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:30 am

I think a lot of us are wondering that FC. :cry:
Truely awful news. :cry:
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Re: Anthrax outbreak in the north of the KNP

Unread postby flying cheetah » Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:46 am

Could anyone please give an update about the situation now? Are more animals dying of Anthrax or could the outbreak be stopped? Have there been any sightings of Roan the last days? If yes, where they in good or bad condition??
I hope the North also gets some rain now and that could be helpful to the animals :pray:
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Re: Anthrax outbreak in the north of the KNP

Unread postby Aat » Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:50 pm

Very very sad news ... I have seen these Roan many times , very lucky with them...
I am really concerned about the other antelopes species like Sable and Eland ... Seen Sable very close to Capricorn Loop in november last year... Keep my fingers crossed for them ....


flying cheetah wrote:Could anyone please give an update about the situation now? Are more animals dying of Anthrax or could the outbreak be stopped? Have there been any sightings of Roan the last days? If yes, where they in good or bad condition??
I hope the North also gets some rain now and that could be helpful to the animals :pray:

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Re: Anthrax outbreak in the north of the KNP

Unread postby rufie » Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:32 pm

Hallo there

In Dec 2010 we saw a lot of elephant and buffalo carcasses due to anthrax in the Mopani and Shingwedzi area!

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Re: Anthrax outbreak in the north of the KNP

Unread postby gmlsmit » Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:01 pm

Rufie.

Please give us some more details about this. Where exactly and how many, who confirmed them being victims of Anthrax.
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Re: Anthrax outbreak in the north of the KNP

Unread postby rufie » Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:21 pm

This was on the road between Shingwedzi and Mopani and we saw carcasses on the caseway at Shingwedzi aswell as on the red rocks road! The head ranger of Shingwedzi told us that this was due to anthrax! We saw him one sunset at Shingwedzi on the bridge and asked him!

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Re: Anthrax outbreak in the north of the KNP

Unread postby gmlsmit » Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:32 pm

Really strange, because carcasses of Anthrax victims are normally burnt almost immediately to prevent them being eaten by scavengers.

I will inquire from the District Ranger at Shingwedzi I know him quite well.
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Re: Anthrax outbreak in the north of the KNP

Unread postby johanrebel » Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:16 pm

I've seen plenty of anthrax carcasses up in the Makuleke. We usually found them by looking for concentrations of vultures. Suspected cases were reported to the Pafuri ranger.

Preventing scavengers from consuming anthrax carcasses is a bit of a challenge, as the scavengers usually get there first.

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