Hi its the Mountain Zebra Nat Park (also didnt know what it stood for before I came to the forum).
They have about 20 cheetah there - its great as you still feel safe!
A lot of people (especially those who havnt been there) are going to think - lets introduce the lions it will be great for the ecosystem which is fair enough but I just have a slight problem in the fact that these areas all need management anyway and with a park this size the lions wont manage themselves and really in terms of lions it will be a large zoo where I will go to the Karoo hoping to see one of their 13 lions. UNlike in the KNP where we dont know for sure how many are there.
I will be happy to see lions there but one thing is for sure is that the charm that this park has now will change maybe for the better but in terms of those who acitvely visited the park and did walks I understand if you are slighlty dissapointed!
Fencing in part of the camp would work but it would be sad to see a fence around the camp site etc!
Scipio, just saw you post now - agreed dont want it done for soccer - maybe fifa are sponsoring this??
But although I also agree about animals being reintroduced it does become a difficult situation when you ask yourself what are you trying to conserve in the greater scheme of things.
Lions seem to be stable globally, yet the park supports species in much more dire straights such as the Riverrine rabbit. So if a couple are killed by lions this is not good for the population!
I just think that we are to quick to jump to get things to be how they used to be but the fact is (and I know I sound negative) that we have messed things up so badly and really whatever we do in the Karoo, we are not going to get it back to a natural state so long as it is a closed system! ...and therefore I think in the cases of some reserves that perhaps certain aims and objectives should be more closely looked at. Eg although this is extreme, it would be completely impractical to reintroduce lions back to TMNP and in the same way maybe the Karoo would just be better off a walking place and would arguably be more eductaional and passing a good environmental message to people the way it is