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 Post subject: Re: springbok in Kruger?
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:54 am 
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Hi ww29,

If I recall correctly and I can be wrong the tick is called heartwater, so you can go research it.
I also believe that this is why there is no Blesbok or Gemsbok in the park either.

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 Post subject: Re: springbok in Kruger?
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The Amblyomma and Hyalomma & Hemophysalis genuses of ticks exist in the Kruger Park (and outside too). The "bont-poot" tick Amblyomma hebraeum is found mainly in frost-free drier parts of the country and this is the vector (carrier) of a blood-parasite (bacteria) that causes a disease commonly referred to as "heart-water". The tick carries the bacteria from one animal to another when it sucks their blood.
Heartwater causes nervous symptoms and kills the animal that is infected with it.

http://www.arc.agric.za/home.asp?pid=3980

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Thanks Riverrat for that info!!!! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: springbok in Kruger?
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Another reason is what they eat.

Springbok prefer more arid fare!

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You do get springbuck,that is not affected by heartwater.they do exit
outside the park,but i dont think springbuck would be brought back into
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Oh but you do get springbokke in the park . Rather large chunky fellows with green and gold jerseys

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I think it has to do with where each species occured naturally. so if there are no proof that springbok was found in the kruger area they will not introduce the species.

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As I stated earlier, the old Parks Board did try and introduce springbok into Kruger in the early years. I think I read it in an old Custos magazine. This was in the days before an established scientific team.

You are right that these days Sanparks would never try and do this again, due to no historic proof of springbok ever occurring in the area.

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Hugh wrote:
Oh but you do get springbokke in the park . Rather large chunky fellows with green and gold jerseys


:funny: yes Hugh I forgot about them :lol: :lol:

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More info on the same topic from some time back Here

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Is it a good thing to introduce a species to new area? I mean, as far as I know, Springbok is more like plains game. And they're evolved and adpted to surviving in that sort of habitat.


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Riverrat wrote:
The Amblyomma and Hyalomma & Hemophysalis genuses of ticks exist in the Kruger Park (and outside too). The "bont-poot" tick Amblyomma hebraeum is found mainly in frost-free drier parts of the country and this is the vector (carrier) of a blood-parasite (bacteria) that causes a disease commonly referred to as "heart-water". The tick carries the bacteria from one animal to another when it sucks their blood.
Heartwater causes nervous symptoms and kills the animal that is infected with it.

http://www.arc.agric.za/home.asp?pid=3980



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As I stated earlier, the old Parks Board did try and introduce springbok into Kruger in the early years. I think I read it in an old Custos magazine. This was in the days before an established scientific team.

You are right that these days Sanparks would never try and do this again, due to no historic proof of springbok ever occurring in the area.



Excellent information, mites. :clap: :clap: :clap:



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Oh but you do get springbokke in the park . Rather large chunky fellows with green and gold jerseys
:lol: (Don't tell your hubbie you're looking, Hugh; unless he's still got their physique and won't be jealous in any way. :wink: )

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