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.
Welcome to the rain!
- 2. Gravel Pit (Lionspruit) after early March 2016 rains 2. Gravel Pit (Lionspruit) after early March 2016 rains
- 1. Gravel Pit (Lionspruit) before drought 1. Gravel Pit (Lionspruit) before drought
Male Nyala seen in Lionspruit - photo by Joce Gordon
A Spotted bush snake eating a frog!
- Spotted Bush snake grabbed a frog Spotted Bush snake grabbed a frog
- Eventually the frog stopped struggling Eventually the frog stopped struggling
- Snake reversed slowly under the leaves Snake reversed slowly under the leaves
- It pulled the frog under the leaves It pulled the frog under the leaves
- Well hidden Well hidden
- Note the thickned area behind the head Note the thickned area behind the head
- Frogs body swallowed. just legs protruding Frogs body swallowed. just legs protruding
- Snake is pushing his meal down his body Snake is pushing his meal down his body
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.
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
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.
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 Capture Press Release by Nkomazi Municipality
OFFICE OF THE MANAGER: ENVIRONMENT AND NATURE CONSERVATION
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.
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...
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.