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 Post subject: KNP Census
Unread postPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 1:14 pm 
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Hi all fellow forum members :D
Could we possible get some info on the latest census figures for KNP?
As much info as possible and on as many species as possible?


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 Post subject: Re: KNP Census
Unread postPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 11:56 pm 
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It would be nice if Scientific Services would post the census figures in their section of SANParks' website. While they are at it, they could post the results of all previous censuses as well. Should not be too difficult, and that way the public would have easy access to this information.

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 Post subject: Re: KNP Census
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Hi VANPTA and johanrebel;

The KNP census can be found here.

Apologies for the delay. :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: KNP Census
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Thanks Lesego!!

Now I can see why I haven't seen Wild Dog since 2002 and cheetah since 2009!!!
Didn't realise there were so few!!

Also feel very privileged to have seen Roan in November, seeing there are only 90!!


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 Post subject: Re: KNP Census
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Hi Lesego

Thank you for this info! Will help greatly for my upcoming trip to KNP 13th-20th June!

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 Post subject: Re: KNP Census
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Thanks for the info Lesego. With fewer than 1700 lions in the KNP..is that not a worry that the lion population are so few or is that normal ? I'v seen a few lions near lower sabie a few years back with red markings on them. Apparently they had bovine TB and were marked by rangers. Is bovine TB still a problem that's affecting the predators and the buffs.

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 Post subject: Re: KNP Census
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Hi Reptile

Excellent question!!!

Hopefully Lesego can assist us with some further info on the Bovine TB problem with Buffalo and Lion and how its effecting other predators and not just the Lion in KNP...

What sort of measures have / are being taken to eradicate TB? And what sort of results have these measures shown? Seems like to Lion population is still going down if im not mistaken?


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 Post subject: Re: KNP Census
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I wonder why predator number are falling? The terrain looks varied with plenty of ambush potential!

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 Post subject: Re: KNP Census
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Readers must please note that the heading is:

Most recent estimates (2010-2011) of the numbers of mammals:

Actual game counts are no longer carried out.

SANParks have obtained an American computer programme which is used by Dr. Sam Ferreira and his staff to calculate the numbers from their office.

This may explain the large range in the numbers e.g.

Burchell's zebra 23 700 - 35 300.
Warthog 3 100 - 5 700.
Giraffe 6 800 - 10 300.
Greater kudu 11 200 - 17 300.
Waterbuck 3 100 - 7 800.
Blue wildebeest 6 400 - 13 100.
Impala 132 300 - 176 400.

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 Post subject: Re: KNP Census
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I seem to recall lion numbers in a early 1990's booklet of Kruger being +1500, so actually the numbers have been stable for a while.

I also remember the number of roan was listed as 44...ever since I have wanted to see roan in Kruger...thinking that would be a million times better than lion which are more evenly spread out in Kruger.

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 Post subject: Re: KNP Census
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Note that you can also find the census figures in the Annual reports: http://www.sanparks.org/about/annual/
If you want to see trends you have quite a few figures there.

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 Post subject: Re: KNP Census
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I have just read the wiki wild dog article and these animals seem to breed reasonably prolifically, with young females often then leaving to form new packs. Would be surprised if wild dogs did not thrive in Kruger - especially in areas where there aren't lions.

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 Post subject: Re: KNP Census
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:24 pm 
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Thank you very much for the links, Lesego and DuQues.

Weltenman wrote:
I seem to recall lion numbers in a early 1990's booklet of Kruger being +1500, so actually the numbers have been stable for a while.


Information on the most comprehensive KNP lion survey ever in 2005/2006 can be found here:

http://www.krugerpark.co.za/krugerpark- ... 23272.html

The latest 1,620 - 1,750 lion estimate sounds convincing, and would indicate a stable population.

Back when the TB stuff first made headlines, I found myself sitting next to Gus Mills on a flight from Skukuza. He said he did not see much reason to worry about the impact on the lion population, which assessment appears to have been correct.

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 Post subject: Re: KNP Census
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:41 pm 
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Graham_5000 wrote:
Would be surprised if wild dogs did not thrive in Kruger - especially in areas where there aren't lions.
Although densities vary, I would be surprised if there are any areas in Kruger where there aren't lions. I'm sure they have even enjoyed the view from the top of Khandizwe.

Wild dogs, by the way, have been seen close to the top of Kilimanjaro.

Johan


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 Post subject: Re: KNP Census
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:49 pm 
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The 2010-2011 figure for spotted hyaena is 5,340. That's a very high number, I recall reading somewhere that in undisturbed natural environments there is a rough parity between lion and spotted hyaena numbers, albeit with considerable fluctuations over time.

The 2009-2010 Annual Report gives an estimate as 2,000 - 5,340. Exactly the same number at the high end, but a very wide spread, which seems to indicate that they are very uncertain about the true numbers.

What's up here?

Johan


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