The Ecology Division of De Beers Consolidated Mines Pty Ltd, operates on and managed roughly 66 000 hectares of land in the Kimberley area in the Northern Cape. The three farms, Dronfield, Rooipoort and Benfontein are conservation focused since 1887 and also supports research elements in conservation. The group started investing in plains game in the early seventies and introduced high value species in the early nineties. De Beers’ high value animal focus are Buffalo, Sable, Roan and Tsessebe, however most available plains game are hosted and a further 32000 hectares acquired during the early nineties in close proximity of Mapungubwe added various free ranging predators species, elephant, rhino, crocodile and hippo to an already extended mammal species list.
De Beers proud themselves that they were one of the first disease free buffalo breeders in SA. De Beers has also been awarded for the fantastic contribution that they made towards conservation and the industry. These awards include:
• 2013 ZSSA Corporate Award - Zoological Society of South Africa.
• 2011 Eco-logic Award
• 2011 SANParks Kudu Award
• 2010 Nedbank Capital Green Mining Award
Piet Oosthuizen from De Beers had the following to say about the game breeding industry: “Managing game animals is such a privilege and all people who are involved in the industry need to understand this, execute this with respect and dignity to ensure we add value to the industry without losing sight of the responsibility entrenched in our blessing”. Xtreme Wildlife Group provides a platform to showcase the variety of species in the group, providing buyers with the opportunity to improve their genetic variability from a genetic diverse pool of animals and elevate the quality of game available in the Northern Cape to a national level.”