Disease kills rare Kruger antelope

2012-08-29 13:00

Johannesburg - An anthrax outbreak in the Kruger Park may cause the extinction of the Roan antelope after several rare animals were killed.

According to a Beeld report, 30 of the antelope were killed at the Mopani rest camp over the weekend.

The roan antelope is rare and there were only about 100 in the breeding camp prior to the outbreak.

Game wardens found the carcases after an inspection of the breeding project and tissue samples were collected to determine the cause of death and prevent the bacteria from spreading.

Anthrax is deadly to both humans and animals and a spokesperson for park said that the public should avoid contact with dead animals.

"Report such carcasses without delay at the nearest rest camp or game warden," said William Mabasa, spokesperson for the Kruger Game Park.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-08-29 13:29

    anthrax outbreak. Where does this come from? Tourists? Infected water supply? What about other animals?

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-29 13:41

      Anthrax is a natural disease which breaks out when ever spores are released from the soil or from water holes via vultures. This is not the first and definitely not the last. It is intrinsic with African ecology.

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-29 13:41

      joahan.smal - 2012-08-29 13:45

      Anthrax appears naturally in Africa and the bacteria can lie dormant for up to forty years in the soil. Not much can be done to stop it, but it is believed that wildlife concentrated around waterholes during the dry season, can cause the bacteria to become airborne when thousands of hooves churn up dust. Closing some waterholes in Kruger to curb the distribution of elephants, an action believed to help to decrease their birth rate, may aggravate this and several informed environmental scientists believe that culling stays the most effective way to prevent overpopulation of certain species in confined conservation areas.

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-08-29 14:02

      Sometimes it seems our wildlife is doomed. If it's not poachers, its disease, if it's not disease, it's stupid people making stupid decisions such as in the case of Solly the hippo. My earet weeps for them all :(

  • pierre.brink - 2012-08-29 13:52

    Sorry to hear that the breeding programme is affected, however it is a bit sensationalist to talk of extinction. Roan antelope occur in Namibia, Botswana, Zim and further north.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-29 14:11

    Oops! News24 your terminology is incorrect! The antelope DIED from disease,being killed infers violence. Kathy

      don.quioxte.3 - 2012-08-29 14:25

      Nothing new about that. Standards of journalism are abysmal.

      don.quioxte.3 - 2012-08-29 14:26

      PS.You are wrong anyway.

  • johandebeer - 2012-08-29 15:30

    What a load of crock! Extinct? Only 100? Who writes this nonsense? I have friends who have more than 100 on their farm! There are many thousands multiplying in private reserves and on game farms, including the Free State and Eastern Cape, which is nowhere near the Kruger. And people believe this nonsense of N24!

      don.quioxte.3 - 2012-08-29 15:55

      Amen. The mind boggles at the pure crap produced by this so-called news channel. This twit at least had the sense to hide it's name.

      barker.ruing - 2012-08-29 15:56

      What was not in this edition is that the extinction of Roan Antelope in the Kruger Park. In 1988 I was in the park and came a cross a herd of 14 Roan out of a population of 75. A vehicle came up behind us and asked what we were looking at. Looked and said "nog 'n bok" and rode on. The Roan that are not in the breeding camp and run free in the northern parts of the park are subject to purple rumps annually, this is a dye that is attached to the anti-anthrax medication that is administered by means of dart which is shot from an helicopter. The dye is so that the wardens can identify which animals have been injected.

      Johan De Beer - 2012-08-29 21:16

      Damn expensive though. That's why they are being looked after so well by game farmers. One would do well to buy a mediocre cow for under R200k.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-08-29 15:52

    Thank You jackal and joahan for the info.

  • don.quioxte.3 - 2012-08-29 16:47

    Ditto thanks

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