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Lack of water for Wildlife in WCNP??

Agulhas, Bontebok, Table Mountain, Tankwa Karoo, West Coast
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Lack of water for Wildlife in WCNP??

Unread post by o-dog » Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:41 am

Hi there,

I was wondering what is being done to provide water for the wildlife of the West Coast National Park??

We have a share in a house in Churchhaven in the WCNP and constantly are worried about the welfare of the now very good numbers of large mammals and especially the Eland and Kudu in particular. I say this as conditions in that park are very dry compared to previous years and the large mammal population has grown significantly of late and as a result they keep pushing down to the private land looking for water in bird baths or wherever. It seems as though they are in discomfort and while some of those species can go for long periods without drinking it still is a worry and a sign that there is perhaps not enough water being provided for them.

Any information or update on this would be appreciated.

Thanx a lot!
Mana Pools: 11th - 20th Oct
KNP: 27th Nov - 5 Dec

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Re: Lack of water for Wildlife in WCNP??

Unread post by CapePR » Thu Jan 28, 2016 4:01 pm

Hello,

Thank you for your query regarding the wildlife in WCNP.

There are several waterholes and dams for the animals currently in the WCNP in the Postberg, Kraalbaai, Mooimaak, Seeberg and Geelbek sections of the Park. The waterholes closest to Churchhaven are the following: (1) a water trough close to the Kraalbaai area, (2) the Abrahamskraal waterhole and (3) the waterhole at the old roads camp at the T-junction. These waterholes are quite sufficient for the animals in the area, although with most animals they will go for the water source closest to where they are and this is why they would move into the private land areas and drink water from bird baths etc. If need be, these animals can walk several kilometres to reach other water sources.

You are correct in saying that the past year has been very dry but please be assured that we do monitor the animals and always ensure that all water holes are full to provide water for the animals. The Park will however continue to investigate the possibility of providing additional water sources for the animals during this dry period.

Thank you again for your interest and concern.
Kind Regards,
Tarcia Hendricks
Public Relations Officer: Cape Region*
South African National Parks
Tel: 021 712 0527
Email: tarcia.hendricks@sanparks.org
*Agulhas, Bontebok, Table Mountain, Tankwa & West Coast National Parks

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Re: Lack of water for Wildlife in WCNP??

Unread post by o-dog » Sun Feb 07, 2016 11:23 am

Hi Tarcia,

Thanx very much for your reply - I will be passing on the info to other home owners as well to let them know that everything is good in terms of water for wildlife in the WCNP!

Cheers and thanx a lot

Nic
Mana Pools: 11th - 20th Oct
KNP: 27th Nov - 5 Dec


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