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Currently the Assegai conservancy comprises of thickets and grassland all in all 50 000ha in total. Marginal land thus makes out the larger part and this is where the many wildlife species are also found, partly due to the thickness and rough terrain as well as the creation of reserves in these areas.

The Assegai Conservancy has three major rivers (The Bushmans, Kariega and Assegaai) and a fourth supporting the bushmans (The Nazar). These rivers flow from the conservancy western boundary all the way to the eastern boundary and are dispersed in the north and centre. Creating a landscape of thick forests growing on the river banks and throughout the ravines which eventually link some of the rivers. Surrounding these ravines are Albany thicket and on high and low laying areas grasslands flourish from a good amount of summer and winter rainfall. (Attributed to the geographical layout near the coast.)

The Conservancy was created in 1998 with a total amount of 18 000ha, for the purpose of security and safeguarding of the local people, fauna and flora. Governed by a management plan as proclaimed by the constitution. This created the foundation of the current 45 628ha. In the past 20 years game guards has been employed and managed by the Assegai committee, with the purpose of preventing poaching by removing snares, arresting poachers and having eyes on the ground for any potential negative behaviour. They were also instructed and trained to write daily reports on the wildlife they encounter when patrolling individual properties, because of this a good record of wildlife encountered has been kept over the years.

Land owners also did a yearly census of the wildlife found on their properties. This creates an interesting historical record and allowed for certain species like bushbuck, blue duiker, grysbok and mountain reedbuck to survive. Wildlife was also introduced in the early years onto some properties, before the proposed expansion in 2016.

Originally the main economical income on this agricultural land was farming which entails farming with livestock (Cattle mainly because small stock were removed due to theft). This allowed there to be considerate space for the game species as mentioned above. In recent years, due to profitability and care for the ecological value, some farms were sold or converted into reserves and game ranches.



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