BRinK has access to a range of study sites mainly located in the Kalahari Desert, Namibia. Study sites represent arid to semi-arid savanna, dominated by Acacia erioloba trees, grass-covered dunes or Acacia mellifera woodland.
Savanna rangeland after restoration
KUZIKUS WILDLIFE RESERVE: Arid savanna rangeland that is managed with native wildlife used for tourism, game trading and hunt with about 10 000ha. Annual average rainfall in the area is between 200 and 250 mm, however with rain being unevenly distributed throughout the year.The reserve was established around 1907 and been used for livestock farming since. In 1964, a farmer passionate about wildlife introduced a wildlife camp on his farm, therefore renowned as traditionally game rich. Family Reinhard bought the farmland in 1984, used it further for lifestock for four years or so, when they started with hunting to fund the introduction of locally-adapted game. Nearly seven years of hunting, the area was closed to the public for 11 years in order to allow regeneration of natural herds of wildlife and start restoration of the ecosystem from overgrazing. During this time, the critically endangered Black Rhino were introduced part of a governmental conservation project. In 2005, the reserve was re-opened for tourism and inhabits now 3000 game animals within a 10500 ha fenced area.
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Cattle rangeland in the 1980´s