Robben Island culls deer to allow for enough grazing capacity

The Robben Island Museum is not accepting offers to relocate nearly 400 fallow deer‚ that are due to be culled‚ from the island to a sanctuary on the mainland.

Pascal Taruvinga, Chief Heritage Officer, Robben Island Museum and World Heritage Site says they have undertaken the culling of the deers as an available, regulated and environmentally sound option.

At the moment, because of the provincial and environmental regulations we cannot translocate the deer to anywhere in the Western Cape.

Pascal Taruvinga, Chief Heritage Officer, Robben Island Museum and World Heritage Site

Robben Island has not refused translocation but looked at the available options which exist within the regulations that govern such processes.

Pascal Taruvinga, Chief Heritage Officer, Robben Island Museum and World Heritage Site

He says because of the size of the Robben Island is has become too small to accommodate all species on the island.

Taruvinga adds that they have to first reduce the number of deer on the island to allow for an ideal grazing capacity. To have a sustainable population of deer, we have to keep the number to at least a hundred says Taruvinga.

The culling process began three weeks ago and at seventeen deer have been affected.

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