Bird walks

IMG 0443Bird walks hosted by Hon. Rangers are held on the first Saturday of the month. Details of the next walk here

Welcome to Marloth Park Honorary Rangers

The Marloth Park Honorary Rangers comprise voluntary property owners who offer their time, expertise and resources while working to a code of conduct for the benefit of conservation and the environment in Marloth Park and Lionspruit.

Minutes200wGeneral Meetings - open to all - are held at 08:00 on the last Thursday of each month in the Boardroom at Henk van Rooyen Park.

Chief Honorary Ranger's Reports  Open Meetings  Closed Meetings  Committee meetings

Field Security: 0828281043

HR: 083 775 4409
Rangers: 082 802 5894

mamba75Snake removal:
John Webb 079 778 5359
Juan de Beer 060 665 5000
Read: Snake Removal


Except in times of drought, feed the local wildlife only sparingly. The following article reprinted from The Marloth Park Review, November 2005, is a good guide as to who likes what.



If residents of Marloth Park help the wildlife survive droughts, then it should be done responsibly. Do not feed them what is alien to their digestive systems.


Recently a magnificent kudu bull was found dead in the bush. The autopsy showed that his stomach content was dried mealie pips! It was obvious that someone had put down enough mealies to fill him up. See 'Maize is killing our WildLife'.


A hungry kudu will eat what is available. The usual victuals are not available in Marloth Park during the winter drought and the kudu has few options to seek further afield as there is a game fence between him and the Crocodile River, effectively cutting him off from ‘greener pastures’.

What does the kudu usually eat? He eats many kinds of leaves, herbs, fallen fruits, vines, succulents and flowers, sometimes varied with a little new grass. He is described on the internet as a most discerning browser. He has more than one stomach because he is a ruminant. He will gulp food down to fill up the first stomach and will regurgitate at will when it is safe to do so. He will then chew his food and swallow it to the second stomach where it starts the process of digestion. So, the food he swallows first will sit in his stomach for a certain period of time before he is ready to regurgitate. It mixes with the special bacteria that is resident in his stomach and which is dedicated to the needs of the kudu’s digestive system.


Dried maize is not suitable for ruminants as it ferments soon after coming into contact with bacteria and/or the juices of the stomach. The fermenting process produces gas which causes colic in ruminants and, in severe cases, death. Death does not come quickly and it is painful.

Experts advise that it is acceptable to give kudu tasty morsels such as cut up sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot, banana, cabbage and pawpaw in small quantities.The best supplement to give kudu is the Game Tech pellets that have been developed by veterinary surgeons from Onderstepoort, says Ronelle Kemp. These pellets are made from the leaves found in acacia and mopane bushveldt, the home of the kudu. They are balanced with correct amounts of protein, starch, fat, sugar, vitamins and minerals. Most importantly, it contains the roughage that is required by game, but not available in large quantities during the present drought. The small amount of 1500 (?) gms per animal is enough to sustain it for a day.


What about other hungry wildlife that visit our homes? The zebra has a similar digestive system to the horse. Dried maize is not suitable for the zebra as it causes colic. What is fed to the kudu will be acceptable to the zebra. Do not overfeed. Remember that wildlife is clever enough to memorize those households that put out the welcome mat and they have a circuit to complete each day. They will more than likely receive more food at their next stop.


The warthog is the opportunist of the bush. They will eat anything but they do have their preferences. They love the dried mealies which do not seem to have a detrimental effect on them. Warthog are grazers mainly, but will browse, eat fruit, seeds and earthworms as well. They will dig for roots, tubers and bulbs. They will occasionally chase wild dog and cheetah from a carcass for the carrion. Take care that plastic bags and polystyrene containers are not carelessly discarded as these will be eaten by warthog if it smells good enough.



More feeding habits


The mongoose forages all day for insects which make up the greater part of its diet. They will also eat small vertebrates, fruit, berries and eggs. They roam around in groups of approximately 30 animals and make small, inquisitive noises as they forage. A little bread soaked in a mixture of egg and milk is a great favourite.


The duiker eats a large range of vegetation including leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, gum and roots but rarely grass. They will sometimes take nesting birds, lizards, caterpillars and even small mammals. They rarely drink but eat wild melon for moisture.

Impala are adaptable feeders. They will graze and browse whatever is available. They will also eat fruit, flowers and acacia pods. However, it is difficult to feed impala as they are too shy to approach households and any food left in the bush for them could be eaten by any opportunist. However, they have been seen recently eating the GameTech pellets when hungry enough to approach. These pellets are excellent for browsers as well as grazers.


The genet is an active hunter of mice and insects. He will kill small birds but unlike a cat will eat its catch, feathers and all. It prefers fresh food so will not scavenge. Scattering bones from the BBQ for the genet is not advisable as it will eventually attract hyena and other scavengers which are not desirable.


A well placed banana in a tree will always attract the lesser bushbaby and the thick-tailed bushbaby after dark. The lesser bushbaby arrives quickly after sundown and the thicktailed bushbaby 2 to 3 hours later. They spend their time foraging for gum, fruit and insects.


The myriad of birds that visit gardens will always enjoy a feast if wild bird seed is put out but take care not to scatter the seed on bare ground. It stands a good chance of growing if there is rain about. Fruit will attract the fruit- and insect-eating birds.


Trouble is on the way in the form of monkeys and baboons if food is left out for animals with no-one there to eat it. It is always a good idea to put food out only when the wildlife appears. Then you can be sure the wildlife receives the correct food. The advantage of this is you get to know the particular animal that visits you and the time it visits. Also, it is not a good idea to throw spoiled food into the garden as this could introduce alien bacteria into the stomach of an animal and thus make it sick.


waterconservationmission200wConservation in Marloth Park: Our Primary Concern

Our primary concern as Honorary Rangers is the well-being
and long-term survival of Marloth Park as a
viable nature Conservancy.

To achieve this, we must

   •  Manage the veldt    and    •  Manage the Wildlife

All property Owners bear a responsibility to care for their own properties and
ensure that everyting we do encourages the well-being of the veldt
and therefore the animals.

On this website there are articles describing how we can best ensure
that we keep the veldt natural and the animals wild.

 Hon Rangers Monthly Advice Veldt and Game Management
 Look after your own property Feeding during drought
Marloth Park - our wonderland All about the Veldt

Honorary Rangers together with the property Ownders Association and
the Marlothii Conservancy have formed a FORUM in order to present
a unified approach to the management of the Veldt and the animals.

Read about the Forum and the MPPOA 5-Point Plan

Alien Plant Brochure

A Property Owner's Guide to Conserve Indigenous Flora

See the new Guide to the Alien Plants of Marloth Park here

2018 AGM Report and Minutes

Read the Chief Honorary Ranger's Report for 2017 here
and the Minutes of the AGM held on 11th january 2018 here

Bush snippets 

and other news here

Our vision

hrOur vision is to support and assist the Nkomazi Municipality Conservation Department within Marloth Park with their management strategies and objectives while being an effective volunteer group. 
Read a brief  History of Honorary Rangers and the Conservancy

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