Another successful game count of the greater Ambers was conducted on Wednesday 22 May. The Environmental Advisory Group is satisfied with the results and the overall condition of the game.
According to information provided by a resident who has lived in Amber Valley since the opening of our estate, there was some game on the estate before the development of Amber Valley in 2006, including a few blesbuck, impala and zebra. Unfortunately, all the zebra and impalas were killed during the fire that swept through Amber Valley in June 2007. Four blesbuck survived the fire.
During the following two years zebra, blesbuck and impala were purchased and introduced into Amber Valley. Five zebra were bought in June 2008, another three in May 2009 and one more sometime after that, making a total of nine. Nine blesbuck were bought in July 2008, bringing the total to 13 with the four animals that survived the fire. Six impala were purchased in July 2008.
On 31 May 2013 a game count was conducted and the following animals were counted: 26 blesbuck, 12 impala, seven zebra (several animals had been removed from the estate), 12 reedbuck, six duiker and two red hartebeest. Warthogs were not counted.
Outing to Nirvana alpaca farm
It is not often that one gets the chance to rub shoulders with alpacas. A large group of club members participated in the outing on 12 June to the farm, Nirvana, near Curry’s Post. We were allowed into a camp with a group of female alpacas where the owners explained the ins and outs of farming with these animals. It was quite an experience to have one of the woolly creatures come walking straight up to you and sniffing at your nose.