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Publication Date : 2013-04-15
Author/s : Vernon Gibbs-Halls


Buffalo Farming in The Klein Karoo

Buffalo farmer Lindsay Hunt near Heidelberg has shown that commercial game farming can be done in an environmentally friendly way. One of the criticisms about game farming is the impervious game fences that are often needed,  which limit the movement of smaller wildlife across the landscape. Lindsay  has solved the problem in an ingenious but simple way and all it cost him was a couple of extra poles in each camp. 

Each corner in each buffalo camp is provided with a vertical pole “gate” which excludes the buffalo but permits the free movement of grey rhebok, common  duiker and bushbuck through the farm. When I visited I saw a family group of grey rhebok happily foraging alongside the buffalo herd. A “gate” is also provided along the straight sections of the camp fences. These “gates” are only built into internal game fences and not the outer boundary. Perhaps we can look forward to the day when all game farm boundaries in the GCBR are fitted with these “gates” wherever practical (ie: not along public roads), or at least small ones for small animals


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KINGDOM / PHYLUM
Animalia, phylum Arthropoda
CLASS / ORDER / SUB ORDER
class Insecta
order Lepidoptera
Heterocera Rhopalocera
SUPERFAMILIES
Hesperioidea Hedyloidea Papilionoidea
Papilionidae, Pieridae, Lycaenidae, Riodinidae, and Nymphalidae
AUTHOR / COPYRIGHT
Author : James Smith
Photography : Dean Jones
Video : Malcolm Johnson
Copyright John Smith

 

ingdom Animalia, phylum Arthropoda, class Insecta, and order Lepidoptera. Generally, the order Lepidoptera is broken down into two sub-orders: Heterocera (the “varied-antennaed” moths) and the “club-antennaed” Rhopalocera, the sub-order to which the butterflies belong. The Rhopalocera sub-order includes 3 superfamilies: The true butterfly superfamily contains 5 families of butterflies: Papilionidae, Pieridae, Lycaenidae, Riodinidae, and Nymphalidae.

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