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    PILANESBURG RESERVE & SUN CITY, BOPHUTATSWANA, SOUTH AFRICA

    Over 300 hundred wild animals were sold by auction in Sun City, Bophutatswana, South Africa, on May 20, as dozens of local game farmers flocked to the sale to examine and bid for the 20 species on offer.

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    PILANESBURG RESERVE - RECENT (SABC)
    1. AV Helicopter rounding up wild animals (kudus). (4 SHOTS) 0.22
    2. GV Zebras running through undergrowth. 0.27
    3. GV Helicopter landing, rounding up wildebeest. (2 SHOTS) 0.44
    4. SV Transporter truck reversing to loading bay. 0.48
    5. SV Antelope inside truck. 0.51
    6. SV Men loading animals. 0.55
    7. SV Antelope being loaded. (2 SHOTS) 1.08
    PILANESBURG OSTRICH FARM - MAY 20 (CHILTON)
    8. GV Auction pens, sign indicating sale. (2 SHOTS) 1.14
    9. CU Rhinos in pen. 1.19
    10. SV Antelope inside pen, prospective buyers looking inside. 1.29
    11. SV/CU Elands in pen. (2 SHOTS) 1.34
    12. CU Buyers gazing through pen walls. (2 SHOTS) 1.43
    13. GV Buyers looking into PAN over wildebeest herd. (2 SHOTS) 1.56
    SUN CITY
    14. GV Crowd at auction outside, auctioneer calling prices, CU auctioneer. (2 SHOTS) 2.05
    15. CU Buyers bidding. (3 SHOTS) 2.11
    16. GV Buyers seated during auction. 2.15
    17. SV Ostrich farm owner Mike Engelzakis speaking. (SOT) 2.46
    TRANSCRIPT: ENGELZAKIS: (SEQ 17) "...(Indistinct).... conservation is a very unhappy .... word for someone who wants to do something with wild life, but we have to get the game off the begging list. I haven't seen a rich beggar in my life. Conservation relies on charity, and I don't know of many things that really survive on charity. In South Africa, we have managed successfully to breed game and to farm with our wildlife. Now we've got to market it, because if we don't make money out of it, there is no way it is going to survive."
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    Background: PILANESBURG RESERVE & SUN CITY, BOPHUTATSWANA, SOUTH AFRICA

    Over 300 hundred wild animals were sold by auction in Sun City, Bophutatswana, South Africa, on May 20, as dozens of local game farmers flocked to the sale to examine and bid for the 20 species on offer. Antelope, eland, wildebeest, and rhino had been rounded up by helicopter over the preceding two weeks. Big game catcher Alec Rough flew low over the trees which concealed the animals, frightening them on to the open fields where they were rounded up and taken away by truck. Conservationists have protested strongly against the procedure, claiming that only half the beasts survive capture and transportation. The animals to be auctioned were displayed eight kilometres (5 miles) from Sun City at the ostrich farm of the man behind operation, Mike Engelzakis. Game farm owners viewed the rhinos, eland and antelope and made notes before the auction in Sun City itself. The entire auction made over 300,000 US dollars (about GBP200,000), with buffalos fetching 13,000 dollars (about GBP9,000) each; impala bucks brought as little as 80 dollars (about GBP55). The biggest surprise came when a rare white rhino was sold for only 2,300 dollars (about GBP1,500). Observers said buyers must have recalled the previous year when all the rhinos purchased died before reaching their destinations. Mike Engelzakis answers criticisms of his handling of game, saying that conservationists rely on charity and beggars never get rich. He believes that game must be marketed as a commodity if it is to survive at all.

    Source: SABC/REUTERS - GEOFF CHILTON

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAMK3Q05CBKKYYJ1ZYGE62J0BT
    Media URN:
    VLVAAMK3Q05CBKKYYJ1ZYGE62J0BT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/05/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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