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 Post subject: Re: Man made waterholes
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:40 pm 
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It has been the policy, for somewhere in the range of ten years now, to close most of the unnatural waterholes. This was done because extensive studies showed that these unnatural water points damaged the ecosystem and disadvantaged many species, while advantaging some of the more prolific species.

Some waterholes are kept in working order due to tourism considerations, and to provide a safety back up in case of severe drought. Many of the disused water points can be reactivated should circumstance force this.

So, despite some ten years of this practice it does not seem that the animals have been disadvantaged. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Man made waterholes
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Imberbe wrote:
Some waterholes are kept in working order due to tourism considerations, and to provide a safety back up in case of severe drought.


At the moment, the man made waterholes etc seem to have been not such a good idea as thought before. However, I have seen some pictures from my dad from the early 80's from northern Kruger. he veld then looked BONE DRY as there was a severe drought at the time.
So i think back then it might have been a good idea.
However, although it still get dry, the veld to me looks much better than those of the pics in the 1980's.

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 Post subject: Re: Man made waterholes
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During a discussion with the Manager of Conservation Services it was confirmed that many of the manmade watering points are being closed, but not being destroyed.

Many of the manmade watering points are being kept open as they are good for tourism and currently not harmfull to the cycles of MOTHER NATURE.

The reason for the closures being that during periods of drought; the animals do not migrate to areas with natural water resources. They congregate at the manmade ones where they denude the area of natural resources by overgrazing and by trampling the surrounding soil to dust.

This congregation of prey at the manmade watering points, then results into an unnatural increase of the larger predator species into the area, where they then can obtain easy prey of which many are of the scarcer species being Tsessebe, Sable and Roan, resulting in the unnatural reduction of their numbers.

The decline in the number of Jackals in KRUGER is also mentioned as a result of the unnatural congregation of the larger predators being Lions and Leopards and Hyaenas; who just simply kill them off, them being competitors for what is available.

Maybe in absolute extreme drought conditions, the manmade watering points will be re opened, currently the closure of the manmade watering points seem to only have a good effect on the natural behaviour of the children of the GREAT MOTHER.

I am often fascinated about how much research is done before a decision such as this is made.

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 Post subject: Re: Man made waterholes
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Sometimes we do things that we think will help and be good for nature but in my opinion, what do we really know? We've only been around for a few thousand years and mother nature has been making the right decisions for millions of years!

I also agree in SEVERE draught use the water holes again because it's not like the animals can leave the park and go drink out of people's swimming pools!

I trust the researchers and conservationists to a great degree! I i have to drive around a bit more to see animals because they're no longer at the man made holes i don't really mind!


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 Post subject: Re: Man made waterholes
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Incredibly useful information and just goes to show how much research and attention to detail goes into the conservation of KNP and the animals.

Come on everyone, KNP is recognised as being in the forefront of conservation and that is why they have been able to send animals to other countries that have unfortunately, allowed their animals to be destroyed.


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 Post subject: Re: Man made waterholes
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Thank you gmlsmit for your informations :clap: :thumbs_up:
It's always interesting to get the results of any studies in KNP.
Amazing how many effects the interfering of humans can have :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Man made waterholes
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Bruce Brydon makes mention of many conservation turn arounds in his book, "A Game Ranger Remembers". When Stevenson Hamilton came onto the scene, so little was known.
He took over at a time when game was almost completely hunted out.
The importance of soil conservation was not yet established.

There is a book on Londolozi, written by Gillian Ratteray, where she makes mention of the far sighted views of a conservationist in rehabilitation of soil in the Londolizi success story.
At the time his views were considered to be a little "hinky".
I will look for the book and see if I can find some of the interesting bits.

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 Post subject: KNP to demolish its artificial water holes
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The Kruger National Park (KNP) will demolish its artificial boreholes and dams near Mopani Restcamp in the northern part of the park today (Tuesday, 23 October 2012). Explosives will be used to demolish these structures. The area around the target structure will be cleared to ensure that animals and human beings are safe.

“This is in line with the current approach to wildlife management in the park. KNP has been closing all artificial water points since the last five years” said the Head of Communication and Public Relations, Mr William Mabasa.

Artificial water holes where water did not previously occur have led to numerous ecological problems. This resulted in a negative consequence to the rare herbivore species such as roan and sable antelope. Conservation management has taken drastic steps to rectify these negative consequences by demolishing certain artificial water holes. These will be replaced by naturally occurring water holes in the area.

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Kruger National Park, SANParks

Enquiries:

William Mabasa
HOD: Public Relations and Communication
Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or
email: william.mabasa@sanparks.org

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 Post subject: Re: KNP to demolish its artificial water holes
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Is there a list of those to be demolished. :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

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 Post subject: Re: KNP to demolish its artificial water holes
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Hi Lesego :yaya: thanks for sharing the info. At what time will these artificial structures be blown up?

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 Post subject: Re: KNP to demolish its artificial water holes
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:( :( :( Why, why, why :( :( :(

Won't animals move across borders for water when they can not find any in Kruger?

Reason :hmz:?

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 Post subject: Re: KNP to demolish its artificial water holes
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Are the cam waterholes eventually going to be closed, too?

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 Post subject: Re: KNP to demolish its artificial water holes
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A good idea.

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"These will be replaced by naturally occurring water holes in the area."

Interesting how will this be actioned?

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I took it to mean that animals would utilize existing natural water, though I agree the wording is confusing.

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