.. and the effect of veld destruction on the number of animals Marloth Park can sustain.
A number of homeowners are destroying the available grazing on their stands and even parkland - this will have disastrous effects on the following animals: Blue Wildebeest, Zebra, and Impala. A single Wildebeest requires 4.5kg of grazing per day. A zebra requires 8.86 kg of grazing per day.
Another worrying factor is the planting of alien/exotic plants that are of no nutritional value to the animals, some even poisonous. Gardens with fences limit the space animals have for grazing.
The Veld condition in Marloth Park is in extremely poor condition and a concerted effort is required from all homeowners to remove alien/exotic vegetation from their stands, stop the bare earth scraping which causes loss of topsoil and erosion. Stop raking the leaves away as this provides nutrients back into the soil. Plant indigenous grass seeds - keep it sectioned off until established and then open it up to the wildlife and repeat the process. That way you can enjoy the animals on your stand instead of signing their death warrant.
The Ben Orban report (2006) recommends if only parkland is available for grazing/browsing Marloth Park’s carrying capacity is reduced to: Zebra 26, Wildebeest 46, Impala 79, Kudu 20, Warthog 43, Bushbuck 3, Duiker 6 and Giraffe 4. That was written when there was still grass in Marloth Park. Much of the remaining grasses here are unpalatable.
Each year more and more animals will have to be culled due to the negligent actions of some homeowners. You are destroying the very reason you bought property in Marloth Park.