Botswana

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To compliment our existing packages within the Bubye Valley Conservancy, Shaun Buffee Safaris now offers access to Botswana. Ngangane Ranches is a privately owned forty thousand acre game ranch. We offer a variety of plains game species not found within the Bubye Valley Conservancy centered around the finest bird hunting available in Africa.

Zimbabwe

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Shaun Buffee Safaris controls twenty percent of the available hunting quota within the Bubye Valley Conservancy. This million acre conservancy today is arguably the most successful wildlife area in Africa. With a buffalo population of 6000, the highest wild lion concentration in Africa, unmatched leopard quality and densities and the third largest black rhino population in the world. This coupled with the camp exclusivity will ensure the experience of a lifetime.

Zimbabwe

Camps

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We have Nine permanent Luxury Safari Camps in the Conservancy. All are slightly different in design but operated to a similar standard. Each camp has an allocated hunting area of about 150 000 acres. The Bubye Valley conservancy comprises of 950 000 acres with NO internal fences allowing wildlife to move freely.

Each client is guaranteed camp/area exclusivity regardless of which hunt package you have taken. Ensuring you will have the most memorable safari experience possible. Camps are allocated according to the hunt package and species you are after hence maximising your chance at success.

All camps are staffed with qualified chefs, waiters, laundry hands and skinners. Ensuring everything from the cuisine to trophy preparation is of the highest quality.

Zimbabwe

Research

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Leopards (Panthera pardus [Linnaeus 1758]) have recently been upgraded from ‘Least Concern’ to ‘Near Threatened’ on the IUCN Red List. The global population trend is decreasing, and the effects of ever increasing habitat loss and human persecution are so significant that the cats may soon qualify for ‘Vulnerable’ (A taxon is Vulnerable when the best available evidence indicates that it meets any of the criteria A to E for Vulnerable (see Red List Categories and Criteria booklet for details: http://intranet.iucn.org/webfiles/doc/SSC/RedList/redlistcatsenglish.pdf), and it is therefore considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild).

Zimbabwe was one of the first countries to apply to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to be permitted to offset the cost of leopards as livestock raiders by allowing a few to be marketed and sold to hunters as trophies (Purchase & Loveridge, unpublished). Hunting quotas were set by CITES on the basis that utilisation of leopards for sport hunting should not endanger the ultimate survival of the population; and hunting males at a level of 1.5% of the total wild population was considered sustainable (Purchase & Loveridge, unpublished). In 1983 CITES issued Zimbabwe with a hunting quota of 80 male leopards. In 1992 this was increased to 500 based on a flawed report by Martin and de Meulenaer (1988). They used rainfall data to estimate population numbers, and assumed that leopards occurred at the highest possible density in all habitats. No rigorous scientific research has been undertaken on which to base the calculation and justify increasing the quota (Jackson, undated letter; Balme et al. 2010; Purchase & Loveridge, unpublished). From 1992 to the present date, the off-take of 500 leopards has not been reached in a single year (Purchase & Mandisodza, unpublished.).

Leopard abundance in Africa is poorly researched, as carnivores are notoriously difficult to count, however these data are essential in determining a sustainable level of trophy off-take (Balme et al. 2010). Data on leopard population dynamics, including territory size, sex ratios, movements, dispersal and interaction is vital in order to make informed management decisions (Karanth et al. 2010). This research will be used to further our understanding of the impact of hunting, determine safe quotas, as well as to reassess the effectiveness of current conservation policy and management in protecting viable leopard populations into the future.


STUDY


Preliminary carnivore spoor surveys were conducted in 2009 and have been undertaken annually ever since. These provide and index of abundance that can calibrated using the camera-trap results, and allow easy monitoring of the carnivore population size between years.

Substantive research, involving GPS radio-collaring and tracking a sample of lions and leopards, began in July 2010. To date 15 leopards and 5 lions in different prides have been tagged with GPS radio-telemetry collars. These collars collect detailed spatial data from all tagged animals simultaneously, which allows their position relative to one another to be investigated, and the level and consequence of inter- and intraspecies interactions to be determined. GPS collar data provides territory and home range sizes, habitat selection and preference, and survival rates. The collars also emit a VHF signal that can be tracked using radio-telemetry equipment, it is therefore possible to find the cats and observe them directly.

The leopard population in the BVC has been intensively surveyed using camera-traps, which allow individual identification based on unique pelage markings. These allow accurate density estimate and demographic description of the leopard population, as well as tracking the fates of each individual in the population. In 2011 we undertook two 50 day camera-trap surveys, recording approximately 22,000 pictures of leopards and identifying individuals within the study site. The population demographics will continue to be monitored annually for any change which may be linked to either management or environmental changes.

There are currently no data available for Zimbabwean ecosystems about how the presence and abundance of intra-guild competitors is likely to affect the behaviour of leopards, especially with regard to the spatial use of their territory. Lions and hyaenas may have a significant effect on leopard population dynamics and viability (Macdonald et al. 2010), and the effect of trophy hunting on leopard populations cannot be investigated in isolation, nor considered the only influence. Initial results from the camera-trapping survey have indicated that a high density of lions results in zero recruitment into the local population. This is effected by killing of all the leopard cubs before they reach maturity. Understanding how both anthropogenic and intra-guild competition, either independently or combined, affect leopard population demographics, behavioural ecology and movement, is vital to the landscape conservation of the species.

Gene flow via corridors between populations maintains genetic diversity on the species level, mainly by reducing the likelihood and impact of inbreeding on the population. Genetic analysis of the leopard population will provide further insight into the factors influencing the population dynamics and use of corridors, possibly identifying potential areas of concern and highlighting conservation priorities.

The leopard is a flagship species, but more importantly, it is an umbrella species. Leopards therefore have the ability to conserve other species by proxy. Researching relevant data on leopard behavioural ecology accurately is vital to sustainable management of the population, but also ensures conservation of a host of non-target species, as long as land and habitats are protected for trophy hunting of leopard. A reasonable regional hunting quota, based not only on abundance, but on the overall effect of a removal at a population level, will ensure the long-term availability of leopards as a trophy species, and secure their future conservation status.

The Team

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Shaun Buffee

Shaun Buffee - Professional Hunter

I started my hunting career working for Buzz Charlton, looking back some of the most exciting experiences an eighteen year old could have, hunting elephant full time with one of the best in the industry. I got my hunting license at the age of 21, at the time I was the youngest operating professional hunter in the country. I have been fortunate enouh to have hunted in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania and Botswana. In 2012 I was offered the opportunity to take over the marketing rights to twenty percent of the available quota within the Bubeye Valley Conservancy. I launched Shaun Buffee Safaris. This is without a doubt the most amazing wildlife area I have ever seen. I hope to be guiding safaris here in twenty years time.

Shaun Buffee

Bheki Ndlovu - Tracker

Bheki and I have been working together for 11 years. He has been a part of every hunt I have ever guided. A good friend and incredible tracker. His never-quit attitude, enthusiasm and phenominal eyesight are an asset to every safari.
His ability and hard work have been the main factors to many of my successful safaris, being able to see Bheki track wildlife is an experience very few people will forget!



Shaun Buffee

Danielle Stewart - Videographer

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, I started ny career in the safari industry in 2011. The first 2 years of my photographic career I worked in a private photographic camp in Zimbabwe's World Heritage Site - Mana Pools National Park.
I dedicated 2013 to accumulate hunting experience with dangerous game such as elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo with several professional hunters as well as studying for and passing my Learner Professional Hunters License. Having worked together with Shaun and his team for two years now, I have spent every safari capturing the most memorable experiences his clients have shared with them. Shaun and I have since formed DS Video Productions. I am very excited at the prospect of growing this brand together with Shaun Buffee Safaris.

Shaun Buffee

Scott Guthrie - Professional Hunter

Scott has been hunting since he was a child on his parents' farm. He got his professional hunters license in 1989, he also has a private pilot's license and a diploma in agriculture.
He has vast knowledge of the bush and has been guiding on the Bubeye Valley Conservancy for several years. He has guided in several countries including Sotuh Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Liberia, Cameroon and Tanzania.



Shaun Buffee

Mark Bristow - Professional Hunter

Having been born and raised in the lowveld area of Zimbabwe, I have hunted the area my whole life. After completing two years of a diploma in Game Ranch Management and Nature Conservation O did my practical year on the Bubeye Valley Conservancy in 2009. This has created a hunge advantage for me in that I have intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the conservancy, from both hunting and management-aspects.

Packages

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SAFARI NUMBER OF DAYS SAFARI NUMBER OF DAYS
Lion/Buffalo 18 Leopard/Sable 15
Lion/Double Buffalo 20 Leopard/Nyala 15
Buffalo/N/T Elephant 15 Leopard 14
Buffalo/Leopard 15 Sable 10
Buffalo/Sable 14 Cheetah 10
N/T Buffalo (Under 35") 7 Nyala 10
Double Buffalo (1 Trophy & 1 N/T) 12 Plains Game 7 to 10
Buffalo/Nyala 12 Basic Plains Game 5
Buffalo 10 N/T Elephant under 25Lb 10
Non export Non trophy Tuskless Elephant 10


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Contact Us

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Zimbabwe: (00263) 773482206
South Africa: (0027) 84 811 0886

PO Box 67238 Bryanston
Johannesburg
2021
South Africa

Or please email us on: info@shaunbuffeesafaris.com