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Shaping Kruger - by Mitch Reardon

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Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:43 am Unread post
The full title is: SHAPING KRUGER - The Dynamics of Managing Wildlife in Africa's Premier Game Park

This is new on the shelves and provides for fascinating reading to anyone with an interest in the ecology of the Kruger National Park. With this book, Mitch Reardon summarizes tons of research that has been done on Kruger's large mammals and their ecology in a user friendly way that will appeal to the ecologist and the average Kruger visitor alike. I can highly recommend it!
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Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:57 pm Unread post
Thanks Ifubesi for the info - I like reading books about Kruger especially those user friendly ones :thumbs_up:


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Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:05 pm Unread post
Thanks Ifubesi :thumbs_up:


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Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:03 pm Unread post
I've been waiting for this book to appear here.
Will get a copy


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Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:22 pm Unread post
Where did you buy it. I have checked at our local CNA but there was nothing. I asked one of the shop assistants but she looked at me as if I was asking for a klippies and coke.


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Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:56 pm Unread post
I've not bought it yet, but I've seen it in a few Exclusive Books branches


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Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:49 pm Unread post
Thanks Josh, we have a shop in Bloemfontein so a trip seems to be inevitable.


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Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:44 am Unread post
I ended up buying the book on Kindle eventually, it was much cheaper.

I really enjoyed the book. It got a bit too scientific sometimes, and some of the numbers were hard to deal with, but incredibly interesting nonetheless. The way everything connects to and influences everything else is fascinating, as well as seeing how the theories and practices have changed over the years.


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Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:16 am Unread post
I got this book for Christmas, but haven't yet had a chance to get into it. I'm looking forward to reading it as it looks very interesting and will explain a lot of policies.


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Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:11 am Unread post
I bought a copy of this book when I was in SA this past December.

Have read a few chapters of it, and it is very interesting. Well worth reading.


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Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:29 am Unread post
I have read most of this book now.

I have always been under the impression that Kruger is prinstine wilderness.
But I think that some big mistakes have been made in the past with regards to wildlife and veld management.

A very insightful book.


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Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:13 am Unread post
Correct Yoda.
Hopefully these mistakes can be rectified in the future through new insights of ecological management currently being implemented.
Marketing endeavours so often depict national parks and nature reserves as pristine wilderness but in this day and age there are very little, if any such pristine areas left. The moment you erect a fence or build a dam or road, you have to manage a natural area in some way or another.
If for example you wanted to view the whole Kruger ecosystem as a pristine system, you would at least have needed the whole area from the peeks of the Mpumalanga Drakensberg (80km to the west of kruger) to the Mozambique coast (300km to the east of Kruger) to be free of any man-made structures, in order to allow natural migration and water distribution to take effect. That's and area more than 7 times the size of Kruger :shock: . So the task of ecological managers to keep the natural system as "natural" as possible is quite complex...
"Pristine" itself is a debatable term in africa, as the landscape here have been shaped by humans for thousands of years through fires, hunting and pastoralism.
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