Crisis on Robben Island
4 July 2008
After following up on an article published in the Cape Argus about the starving animals on Robben Island, owner of Aquila Private Game Reserve just outside Cape Town, Searl Derman, pledged a total of R600 000 with the hope of saving the lives of indigenous animals on Robben Island.
“I brought some of our experts from our game reserve, we went through to Robben Island and assessed the situation. It was quite bad. They’ve got an estimated overpopulation of 5000 rabbits, 200 to 400 fellow dear and quite a few springbok.”
According to Derman, the Island is extremely over populated and as a result, the animals are suffering from starvation. Douw Grobbelaar, world famous Veterinarian has also come on board to assist with the animals.
The Aquila Private Game reserve financed a feeding campaign which donated almost 8 tons of lucern, sweet potato, tomatos, apples and butternut per week.
Derman would like to appeal to the public for assistance, as all contributions are most welcome.
If anyone would like to aid the cause, you can the word ‘donate’ to 41000. Sms’s are charged at R25. All monies donated will go towards feeding the animals on Robben Island.