Protrack Anti Poaching team discovered the “harvesting” of approximately 1000Red billed Queleas near Manyeleti Nature Reserve.
Anti Poaching officers, Tumi Morema and Le Roux Benade were on vehicle patrol on themorning of the 15
February 2009 at about 09h00. They came across a group of womanand children carrying some articles, which roused their suspicion. On closer inspection itwas found that they carried 2 25 litre plastic drums, plastic bags, and 2 mielie bagscontaining chicks and small adult birds, which were appeared to be Red-billed Quelea’s.The youngest ones were chicks who had no feathers yet and others seemed to bemature birds. This occurred on the tar road near the entrance to Manyeleti NatureReserve.According to the applicable Environmental legislation the Red-billed Quelea(
) is a non protected wild animal along with many other common birdspecies. This bird is considered an agricultural pest especially to wheat farmers. Their natural diet is grass seeds, but the prevalence of suitable crop feed causes an explosion