An auction held in Pretoria has raised R7.2 million for the Sanparks Park Development Fund. The money is earmarked to buy new land for South Africa’s national parks, and was raised through the sale of 22 white rhino that were being held in bomas at Skukuza. Also on auction were 20 disease-free buffalo that were being kept in the Sanparks boma at Kimberley.
These disease-free buffalo were bred from animals that originally came from the Kruger National Park’s gene pool. 15 male rhino and seven female rhino went under the hammer, with prices ranging from R95,000 to R250,000 (ex VAT). Of the 20 buffalo, eight were male and 12 were female. These animals fetched between R80,000 and R205,000. The R7.2 million will be added to the approximately R9 million that has already been raised this year through game sales.