oa Agriprobe - The South African wildlife industry : an economic perspective

Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1810-9799



The South African wildlife industry has expanded tremendously over the past two decades. The number of wildlife sold on auctions increased from about 8000 animals in 991, to 211 00 animals in 2004. The turnover received from these auctions increased from R8.9 million to R1 04 million during this period. In 2001 , fenced wildlife production units in South Africa reached an area of 11 million hectares. Most of these units are situated in the Limpopo province, following by the Northern Cape and the Eastern Cape (Eloff 2000). Domestic hunters contribute 70% towards the total turnover of the wildlife industry, focusing mostly on hunting for meat and biltong, while foreign hunters (mostly trophy hunting) contribute 20% towards the total turnover (Van der Walt 2003). The remaining 0% of the turnover is gained through wildlife harvesting and eco-tourism.

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