Our approach to managing the fauna and flora on the reserve is informed by our vision and purpose and the fact that we are working with a closed system within a perimeter fence.
Vision and purpose:
“To create an enduring legacy by conserving and enhancing the biodiversity of the ecosystem
through the astute and sustainable management of resources”.
Prior to incorporation most of the surface area of the reserve had been subject to decades of consumptive practices associated with cattle farming. Restoration of the veld to its natural condition has necessitated a conservative approach to managing animal populations in an area characterised by low and unreliable rainfall.
On average, some 1 000 to 1 500 medium to large sized herbivores are removed annually. Decisions on game numbers are guided by recommendations made by the Agricultural Research Council – Animal Production Institute and are based on data obtained from annual plant surveys combined with an annual aerial game census.
Surplus game identified for removal via the annual plant survey and game census is sold to best effect in order to provide funds for running the reserve. Hunting accounts for approximately 10% to 15% of this surplus. The balance is disposed of by live game sales or culling for the red meat market when there is no demand for live animals.
Artificial water points across the reserve are manipulated in order to prevent overexploitation of the veld and to optimise game viewing opportunities. Fire plays a significant role in natural systems. At Selati it is used as a management tool to prevent bush encroachment and to stimulate moribund grasses.