7.1. If the “Trust” employs a Manager to oversee all Fauna & Flora, is it possible that he may decide to keep our animal stock levels at such a low level that owners will almost never have animals visiting their property and that they would not be allowed to feed them pellets or fruit, as has been tradition and their prerogative for many years?
Firstly, the Trust will not and cannot employ the Manager. All employment must be done by and through the Public Benefit Company.
Secondly, Owners bought their property for just this reason, to have animals visit their holiday homes or residential homes and to have the interaction. Property Owners want to leave this legacy to their children and their grandchildren, to afford them the opportunity to experience the bonding with animals and nature.
Thirdly, it is not for the manager to decide what stock levels etc. are relevant. His job is to manage the ecology in accordance with the wants and desires of the majority of owners.
This is a very different way to how Marloth’s ecology is currently managed. If implemented, it will probably be the first time that the majority of owners (and in this, we particularly refer to the Away Owners) will have a say in the way our ecology is managed. This includes things like stock levels, bush clearing and ways that these processes could contribute to Marloth not only ecologically, but also financially.
In this instance, we may need to look at Marloth more in line with it being a game breeding farm in a natural environment, than a game reserve. Also, the emotional extremes used to date of either “a petting zoo” or “game reserve” are not relevant to Marloth.
What we know is that most owners (particularly away owners) want a large animal population that is higher than what Marloth Park would be expected to support in a “game reserve model”.
In this instance, we will need to look at our ecology, bush clearing, consider supplemental seeding and feeding. These are the type of functions our ecologist will need to consider, plan, implement and manage.
Both the Trust promoters & MPRA have been working with Prof. Brian Reilly and other professionals in ecology. They are providing sound advice and guidance in this regard. MPRA has even gone to the extent of doing an ecology survey of Marloth Park and Lionspruit in preparation for this event.
We all bought into Marloth so that we can have the unique experience we have and interact with our animals in the way we do.
We will, however, have to manage our fauna & flora differently and proactively into the future, even if it is at a higher carrying capacity – and this will be a first for Marloth Park.