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Great news! Klapperkop conservation area, located below and around Johann Rissik Drive, is now formally proclaimed as Klapperkop Nature Reserve. Klapperkop offers visitors panoramic views of Pretoria in all directions and is a popular jogging, cycling and mountain biking destination. With plains game such as zebra, blue wildebeest and other game species, you're able to do a quick game drive for free, right here in the heart of the city. Although small mammals like mongooses, hedgehogs, hares and porcupines are difficult to spot there is evidence that they are present and the bird life is rich.
Within the reserve one can also visit Fort Klapperkop which is one of four forts built around Pretoria completed in January 1898. The fort was surrounded by a moat and had a drawbridge, but the moat never contained water as the shale from which it was cut was too porous. Nevertheless it provided an additional defence mechanism. Various pieces of heavy artillery were placed in the fort but it was never fully armoured. See the location on Google Maps.
In Groenkloof Nature Reserve the two female Giraffe have both given birth to young.
Nine Mountain Reedbuck have recently been released into the reserve, two male and seven female.
Some of the wildlife that can be seen at the reserve include zebra, jackal, duiker, kudu,
impala, blue wildebeest, blesbuck, red hartebeest, ostrich, giraffe and sable.
The rich bird life will keep bird lovers busy for hours on end.
The Rietvlei Nature Reserve has a new cheetah called Sanbona. The reserve's previous cheetahs Juba and Ace died of old age, the one in 2011 and the other in 2012. They were 16 years old.
Sanbona, a free-roaming young male cheetah, comes from the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and was born in September 2012.
There is a severe shortage of wild cheetah for reserves in South Africa. One of the reasons is that some reserves sell the offspring of their cheetah to captive breeding facilities from where they are exported. Cheetahs that are bred in captivity cannot be easily released into a natural environment and their survival rate is extremely low according to research.
The City of Tshwane grabbed the opportunity to get a free-roaming young male cheetah from Sanbona Wildlife Reserve for R29 750. The funds for the acquisition and the tracking equipment came from the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association, Pretoria East Branch.
After all the relevant permits were obtained, the cheetah was collected from Sanbona Wildlife Reserve on 7 June and was kept in a camp until his release this weekend. Sanbona was fitted with a device so staff at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve and students of Tshwane University of Technology can track and monitor him.
Rietvlei Nature Reserve is home to a wide variety of game species. Previous research has proven that cheetah prefer species such as blesbok and black wildebeest, and these are in abundant supply in the reserve.
The Dinokeng Game Reserve (DGR) self-drive route is well under construction. Very soon all the signage and the markers will be ready for visitors to drive in their own cars on this 70km first phase of the DGR self-drive journey. Bookings will be essential and the cost for self-drive will become an affordable option to view game in the DGR. The Dinokeng Game Reserve (DGR) Self Drive Route Project Team are hard at work clearing the roads and constructing the bollard signage in preparation for the opening of the first DGR Wilderness Way Self Drive Route in the first free roaming Big 5 Game Reserve in Gauteng. Here are a few photographs to keep you updated on their progress.
On the 31st of October 2014, 2 new young Cheetah males were offloaded into the DGR from Lalibela Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. The cheetah are currently being held in a holding boma as part of the habituation process. This is part of the EWT (Endangered Wildlife Trust) meta population project for genetic diversity. The new Cheetah are doing well and will be released into the wild of the DGR as soon as they are habituated.
The CSIR International Convention Centre (ICC) has the following vacancies available for application: Banqueting Supervisor, Convention Centre Buyer, Group Assistant, and Housekeeper. The closing date for applications is 30 November 2014. View the CSIR ICC's vacancy page to find out more.
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