Namibia is a country that is probably the leader in wildlife and habitat conservation in Africa. A well-earned and enviable reputation. Wildlife ownership, its sustainable use and stewardship are all encouraged by Government. As such, wildlife and its habitat are seen as hugely important assets well worth looking after and benefiting humans at the same time.
As is the case with all assets, there is a need for management. We are wildlife managers and care deeply for our wild animals and the land they habituate. Our very existence and the life we love, living on a day to day basis with wild animals, depends wholly on the well being of a thriving, healthy and stable wildlife population.
Groot Gamsberg Leopard Survey
We have been monitoring the leopard populations at Groot Gamsberg since 2002. ‘Trail Cams’ (motion sensor cameras) are placed at various game trails, water points and baits spread over an area of approximately 8500 hectares. We currently have 12 main baiting points, 9 of which have overlooking ‘blinds’ built nearby to view the leopards feeding. We have identified 12 different Leopards in the area (based on sex, size, facial features and the unique individual neck patterns that each leopard has). We estimate there to be around 16 different leopards that pass through.
Some have territories spread over a number of different properties, and not simply our own.
Baits are placed in trees, secured with wire in strategic positions generally near or on game trails, in reasonable cover and also (where possible) places where we have established leopard movement, from their spoor. Leopards here have large territories, and sometimes it takes 2 weeks before you get a hit; sometimes not at all if the leopard has made a fresh kill of its own. As well as certainly being a game of strategy there is a factor of chance involved and obviously the more baits you put in the right places the greater the chance of getting a hit.
The leopards generally start feeding at night, although once they get comfortable and acquainted with an area they often come in the daytime also. What time a leopard comes to feed also depends on how far it is from where he/she might be sleeping, having the baits in areas with good cover, rocks, mountains, caves e.t.c. means the leopard will stay much closer to the bait and giving it more of a chance to be seen in the day (generally early morning, late afternoon/evening as it is in these daylight hours that they are most active). We certainly have a passion for the Leopards here at Robin Hurt Safari Company and are very happy to have such a good and healthy population at Groot Gamsberg.
Note: We would like to thank Mr Lewis Mull very much for his kind donation of Trail Cams
for this Survey.
Corporate Social Responsibility and Staff Training
We are very proud of our staff, many of whom have been with us for several
years. We support the local Namibian community by creating as much employment as possible. We aim to constantly develop our staff’s skills and enable them to bring out the best in them, and have sent many for skills development training, including Household Management/Cooking/Waiter training, Professional Hunter courses, and Anti Poaching Courses.
First Response Medical Aid courses are held on site regularly, and we have on the job training plans for Maids, household staff, trackers, skinners, guides and gardeners. At Mount Barry we welcome the “Children in the Wilderness “
expedition yearly. Disadvantaged children are taken on a week-long trek through the harsh terrain of the Gaub Riverbed with the aim of not only survival training, but also developing personal skills through this unique experience.