South Africa’s largest rhino farmer and pro-trade protagonist, John Hume, experienced a major setback in the past two months on his farm Elandslaagte because of an outbreak of blackquarter among his 1000 rhinos, which killed 35 of them.
Terry Bengis, Hume's spokesman, said all the animals on the farm near Klerksdorp Elandslaagte now needs to be vaccinated against the bacteria (Clostridium novyi).
Dumisa Seshabela, spokesman for the North West Department of Economic Development, Environment and Conservation, said they have sent a warning about the outbreak in Elandslaagte to other ranchers in the area.
According to Bengis, there are between 20 and 25 variants of this bacterium. Scientists, including veterinarians from Onderstepoort, managed to isolate the bacteria and are now trying to develop a vaccine against the disease ....