The Nyala breeding group is kept in an enclosed electrified camp of +/- 70ha. This is to protect the lambs as the ewes hide them after birth leaving them susceptible to predators such as jackal. Baboons have also been known to take a lamb. Lambs are born all through the year, one lamb to an ewe. Three lambs every two years to an ewe if well maintained.
Males show their dominance by bowing their heads thus showing their horns, raising their hair on the ridge of their backs and walking slowly. It is almost as if they are trying to walk on the tips of their hooves increasing their size. Males are sold to private farmers or at auction in winter months. Small breeding groups can also be discussed with the owner. Animals with horn defects are at times also sought after for trophy purposes.
A mixture of Game pellets ( specially manufactured and scientifically formulated for the Game industry) are fed to the Nyalas at dusk to supplement their diet, to ensure good breeding and healthy animals.
An experience visitors should not miss, to see all the Nyala together.
Nyala are browsers but also tend to eat fruit. Fallen marula fruit found on the farm are put out for them at this time of year. Has no intoxicating effect, but they do seem to enjoy the fruit as no fruit is left.
There are currently between 85 and 100 Nyala in the camp, as not all lambs can be counted due to them being hidden.
Keep a lookout for winter news – feeding changes and sales options.
A Black Impala breeding project is also in the pipeline, keep an eye out for news on that.