Wildlife species return to the Richtersveld
September saw the re-introduction of more wildlife to the South African component of the /Ai-/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. This year was an especially exciting one, as red hartebeest were returned to the Richtersveld for the first time in 179 years. The 21 red hartebeest were accompanied by six gemsbok and, in a first ever for the park, six zebra.
The programme by South African National Parks (SANParks) to re-introduce wildlife to the park was started in 2007, when 40 gemsbok and 80 springbok were brought in. Peace Parks Foundation this year contributed to the translocation costs. Said Peace Parks Foundation CEO, Werner Myburgh: “The /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park is exemplary in the way it operates as a cross-border park. It has become a model for joint planning, operations, training and cross-border events and we are very pleased to be able to contribute to it functioning also as a tourist destination, thereby furthering its sustainability.”
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