Game auction: eZemvelo KZN Wildlife sale brings in over R8,5?mln, despite Foot and Mouth restrictions on Nyala

2011-06-06 00:00

THE annual Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) Game Auction at the Sibaya Casino, Durban, on Friday realised a total of over R8,5 million.

This year’s auction exceeded expectations, despite the withdrawal of nyala due to the recent outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in certain parts of northern Maputaland, said Maureen Zimu, EKZNW spokesperson. Their withdrawal from the sale was a precautionary measure to comply with the requirements of the Animal Disease Act. Zimu said 200 nyala were withdrawn, which reduced the potential income of the auction by R1,3 million. The 539 animals that were offered were of species not affected by FMD.

“We are sure that the current outbreak of FMD has subsided as, for the past two months, no sign of active disease has been detected, but there is still a strict restriction on the movement of animals as required by the national department of Animal Health,” said Ezemvelo vet Dr Dave Cooper.

One white rhino was sold on behalf of the Community Levy Trust, which benefits communities neighbouring Ezemvelo protected areas.

“We are once again most grateful to our buyers for demonstrating their support of our auction and are most satisfied with the outcome of this year’s sale, given the difficult circumstances prevailing,” said EKZNW CEO Dr Bandile Mkhize.


* 35 white rhinos were sold for an average price of R215 045 (up on last year’s average price of R192 250), and a maximum price of R385 000.

* Hippos fetched a maximum price of R34 000 with an average of R30 167 (down from last year’s average of R34 105).

* Giraffe fetched R14 250 (up on last year’s price of R12 786).

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