Bisley reserve may run short of grazing

2010-09-16 00:00

THERE is growing concern about a shortage of grazing for the wildlife in the Bisley Valley Nature Reserve because of a heatwave in Pietermaritzburg, the late rains and the fact that much of the vegetation in the reserve has been burnt.

The worry came to the fore after a kudu that had escaped from the reserve was killed after being hit by a car. The kudu is thought to have escaped while searching for food. However, it is possible that it simply wandered through a gap where a part of the reserve’s fence was stolen.

A staff member of the municipality’s conservation section, who is described as being passionate about his work, has reportedly used his own money to buy hay. If the animals feed on it, it means more fodder will be needed.

Local animal expert Mark Enslin said the onus is on owners of private game reserves and farms to feed their wildlife when there is no grazing, especially during the dry, hot months. This, he says, is because the areas are fenced off, preventing animals from migrating to greener pastures.

 

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