Game Census Examples

Aerial game counts are a vital part of Biodiversity management on game farms and wildlife reserves. An accurate census ensures that management has intimate knowledge of the infrastructure and ecological status of the area. Biodiversity management aspects such as general game condition, sex ratios, breeding performance, quality of breeding stock, excess bulls, etc can be monitored.

Game Census Examples

Aerial game counts are a vital part of Biodiversity management on game farms and wildlife reserves. An accurate census ensures that management has intimate knowledge of the infrastructure and ecological status of the area. Biodiversity management aspects such as general game condition, sex ratios, breeding performance, quality of breeding stock, excess bulls, etc can be monitored.

Example

PRESCRIBED MAXIMUM STOCKING RATE PER SPECIES AND SUGGESTED ADJUSTMENT FIGURES LISTED.

Feed ClassSpecies
Present Numbers

Recommended maximum numbers (Rounded off)Adjustment Number of individuals that should be removed during the 2016 season.
Browsers

Kudu (0.54)61 40 3 bulls & 15 cows and 3 young
Giraffe (1.58) 43 16 20 bulls & 7 cows
Grey Duiker (0.09) 4 20
Impala (0.19) 240 100 90 rams & 30 ewes and 20 lambs
 
Intermediate Feeders

Ostrich (0.3) 92 20 54 males & 18 females
Springbuck (0.15) 1 0 All
Eland (1.08) 59 37 14 Bulls & 8 cows
Nyala (0.23) 21 40
Steenbok (0.06) 3 20
Warthog (0.25) 24 50
Blue Wildebeest (0.5) 265 40
 
Selective GrazersSable Antelope (0.56) 15 52
Blesbok (0.22) 34 0 All
Red Hartebeest (0.37) 53 25 18 Bulls & 10 cows
Tsessebe (0.38) 111 37 54 Bulls & 20 cows
Mountain Reedbuck (0.13) 5 14
Burchell’s Zebra (0.66) 82 50 27 stallions & 5 mares
 
Bulk Grazers

Burchell’s Zebra (0.66) 8250 27 stallions & 5 mares
White Rhino (2.75) 11 10 4 Young bulls
Waterbuck (0.5) 33 20 3 Bulls & 10 cows
Gemsbok (0.56) 5 35

Example

AERIAL GAME COUNT

SpeciesDetailsAerial census species codeSpecies totals
Blesbok

Rams

BR

10

Ewes & yearlings

BL

24

Duiker common

D

4
Eland

Bulls

EB

6

Cows & youngE53
Gemsbok

Bulls

GBB

1

Cows & young

GB

4

Giraffe

Bulls

G♂

4

Cows & young

G

39

Impala

Rams

IR

49

Ewes & yearlings

I

191

Kudu

Bulls

KB15

Cows & calves

KO

KO

Nyala

Bulls

NB

5

Ewes & young

N

17

Ostrich

Males

O♂

30

Females & immature

O

62

Red Hartebeest

Bulls

RHB

7

Cows & young

RH46

Reedbuck (mountain)

Rams

MRR

1

Ewes & young

MR

4

Rhinoceros (white)

Bulls

WRB

5

Cows

5

Calves

1
Sable antelope

Bulls

SB

8

Cows & young

S

7

Springbok

Rams

SPR

1

Ewes & yearlings

SP

Steenbok

Rams

ST

3

Tsessebe

Bulls

TB

15

Cows & young

T

96

Warthog

VV

24
Waterbuck

Bulls

WBB

7

Cows & young

WB

27

Wildebeest

Bulls

BWB

31

Cows & yearlings

BW

234

Zebra (Burchell’s)

Stallions

ZS

22

Mares & young

Z

60