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The Marloth Park Honorary Rangers is a group of voluntary property owners who offer their time, expertise and resources while working to a code of conduct for the benefit of conservation and the environment in Marloth Park and Lionspruit. 


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Effect of fipronil on subterranean termite colonies

 

Chief Honorary Ranger Report 2015

 

Male Nyala seen in Lionspruit - photo by Joce Gordon



A Spotted bush snake eating a frog!

 

 


 HONORARY RANGERS USE THE BIO-CONTROL COCHINEAL BUG ON THE PRICKLY PEAR IN MARLOTH PARK

 

Even in this very dry season, the Prickly Pear (Opuntia stricta) keeps growing.  It is being partially controlled by the Moth (Cactoblastis cactorum) but this bio-control does not keep the plant from flowering and producing fruit and seeds.  The Honorary Rangers work on an ongoing basis, cultivating the Cochineal Bug and putting this form of bio-control on the bushes.  The bio-control does not usually completely kill its food source but keeps it small and under stress so that it does not flower.

Read more and see pictures


 

CLEANING, CLEARING AND RESTOCKING OF THE COCHINEAL BUG SHED

From time to time it is necessary to clear out the cochineal shed.  As summer is the best breeding time for the bugs, it is good to do this then.  The old cladodes have to be removed.  New prickly pear harvested and put on to the shelves.  Then the infected cladodes are placed on top of the fresh prickly pear.  Physical contact between the fresh cuttings and the infected cuttings is advisable.  The female bugs are able to move short distances but the males are reliant on the wind or close contact.  Then a supply of infected material is given to the alien plant control Honorary Rangers to be placed on plants in Marloth Park and Lionspruit.  The Sanparks/Working for Water programme do assist us with a team to distribute Cochineal Bugs but we need to do this ourselves too as the area is too large to be handled by just one team.  So, in addition to putting small plants on the roads or taken to the dump, we put the cochineal bug on to the plants.  Bushes that are infected with the white cochineal bugs should be left for the bugs to control the plant. The plant will show stress and die back but will recover and the bugs will attack it again.  Bio-control is just that....control of the alien invasive species, not eradicating it.  Bio-control will not ever completely kill its food source.


 

End of Year Braai - See all the photos here

 

 

 

 


 

A PROPERTY OWNER WORKS WITH THE HONORARY RANGERS AND THE NKOMAZI MUNICIPALITY TO REMOVE DANGEROUS ALIEN INVASIVE PLANT FROM HER STAND! 

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Read/download Ralf Kalwa's Environmental Management Report for the veldt and the animals in Marloth Park here. See also Environmental Management Report


Game Rangers' stakeout leads to 3 arrests for dreadful warthog poaching in nearby farm.  Read full story! 

 

 

 


Vulture Deaths in Lionspruit

Following the recent incident of dead and dying vultures found in Lionspruit, it was reported by the Municipal Rangers that more vultures could have been saved if they had been notified earlier. It was first posted on Facebook and the rangers were only informed later.

The municipal rangers operate a 24 hour standby and the on-duty ranger has a cell phone for urgent matters. 

A quick reaction time is needed in emergencies and we ask that the rangers are informed of any injured animal or bird.

The Municipal Rangers standby number is 082 802 5894.


NKOMAZI MUNICIPALITY GAME AND FIELD RANGERS OFFLOADED DONATED GAME FEED.

Early on Thursday April 30, a truck arrived in Marloth Park with game feed donated by Wild Life Pharmaceuticals, the company appointed to do the game capture.

The Nkomazi Rangers offloaded the feed and took the first lot to the two capture sites.  They will be controlling the distribution and putting out the feed daily.

The poor condition of the veld means that the grazers, in particular, need feeding prior to the game capture taking place. There has been a delay due to the need for transport permits to move animals to Mozambique.

See all pictures of game feed offloading


Game Removal May 2015 by Hon Rangers

A meeting was held in March 2015 at the municipal building in Marloth Park to discuss the 2015 game removal Program. Consensus was reached by all members present (NKLM, MTPA, Honorary Rangers, Conservancy, Marloth Wildlife Fund, Care 4 Marloth, MPPOA and a State Vet) on the need for drastic game reduction this year. Not only to prevent huge loss of game by starvation but also to give the veld in Marloth Park a chance to recover and rehabilitate.

Game removal May 2015 - Afrikaans

Read more: Game Removal May 2015

 

Game Capture Press Release by Nkomazi Municipality

 

OFFICE OF THE MANAGER: ENVIRONMENT AND NATURE CONSERVATION

Enquiries: Velly

After years of stormy relationships between the Nkomazi Local Municipality, MTPA and Marloth Park residents, the 19th March 2015 heralded a new era of cooperation in respect of the game management of Marloth Park.

Read more: Game Capture Press Release

2012-14 Game Counts and proposed removals for 2015


 

Bush Encroachment Project

HONORARY RANGERS AND NKOMAZI MUNICIPALITY JOIN HANDS TO WORK ON THE BUSH ENCROACHMENT IN LIONSPUIT.

Following on the analysis undertaken last week by Jaco Minnaar, John Webber and Joce Gordon together with Andre Engelbrecht, the Bush Encroachment Project started on Thursday 9 April.  Andre, who previously worked for the Parks Board, gave the grou...

Read more: Bush Encroachment Project

 

 

Swazi Lily – Summer Impala Lily – Adenium Swazicum

These beautiful Swazi Lilies are in the bush in Lionspruit. The bush in this particular area has very many growing naturally.  This lily blooms prolifically.  The bloom range from a rich darker pink to light pink as the flowers fade.  It is a succulent deciduous shrub which grows to a maximum of 1m on flat, sandy plains in the bushveld. The main stem is single, short and stubby.  There are several ascending branches.  The leaves are narrowly oblong and are clustered at the end of branches. The fruit is paired cylindrical pods which turn greyish-brown when ripe.  The Adenium swazicum is a protected plant and may not be sold without a permit.

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Forthcoming Activities 

Talks, walks and other events planned by HR and other MP organisations

Bird walks will start at 6:30 am on the first saturday of the month. The next meet is at the junction of Volstruis and Crocodile streets.

H R General meetings: See the latest minutes here.

See All Meeting dates for 2015

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General Meetings - open to all - are held at 08:00 on the last Thursday of each month in the Boardroom at Henk van Rooyen Park.

 All meetings and Minutes  Open Meetings
 Closed Meetings  Committee meetings
Chief H. Ranger's report for 2014  

 

waterconservationmission200wConservation in Marloth Park: Our Primary Concern

Our primary concern as Honorary Rangers is the well-being and long-term survival of Marloth Park as a viable nature Conservancy.

To achieve this, we must    •  Manage the veldt    and    •  Manage the Widlife

All property Owners bear a responsibility to care for their own properties and ensure that everyting we do encourages the well-being of the veldt and therefore the animals.

On this website there are articles describing how we can best ensure that we keep the veldt natural and the animals wild.

 Hon Rangers Monthly Advice to Property Owners Wildlife Generally About Alien plants
 Look after your own property Feeding during drought Veldt and Game Management
Marloth Park itself

Honorary Rangers together with the property Ownders Association and the Marlothii Conservancy have formed a FORUM in order to present a unified approach to the management of the Veldt and the animals.

Read about the Forum and the MPPOA 5-Point Plan

 

Animal Management and the 2014 Game Count

The 2014 ground Game Count figures for Marloth Park are available  here

 

Marloth Park Animal Mortalities June - September 2014

June   Mortalities:6 impala, 2 duiker,  1 lion, 1 baboon: total 10. (7 snares, 1 animal with snare), No road deaths 

July     Mortalities: 3 impala, 2 duiker, 3 bushbuck, 1 warthog, 1 wildebeest: total 10.  Road Kills: Impala 2, bushbuck 1, genet 1: total 4 (2 snares)      

Aug     Mortalities: 1 duiker, 2 bushbuck, 2 warthog, 1 kudu, 1 wildebeest, 1 zebra: total 8. Road kills: Impala 1.

Sept:  Mortalities: 1 bushbuck, 1 warthog, 1 wildebeest: total 3. Road Kills: Warthog 1, Mongoose 1: total 2. 1 snare, 1 animal with snare around its neck.

 

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Bird walks

birdingBird walks hosted by Honorary Rangers are held at 06h30 on the first Saturday of the month. The next meeting place is the junction of Volstruis and Crocodile streets.
 

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hrOur vision is to support and assist the Nkomazi Municipality Conservation Department within Marloth Park with their management strategies and objectives while being an effective volunteer group. 
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