The Zambian Game Department has been very successful with it's pilot scheme for the domestication of Lechwe and Eland.
The Zambian Game Department has been very successful with it's pilot scheme for the domestication of Lechwe and Eland. It is hoped that these animals may be developed to take the place of cattle in those large areas of the country infested by the Tsetse fly.
The pilot uses 12 eland and 35 lechwe which have been brought up as domestic animals. They have raised side by side with cattle to enable extensive comparative tests.
On the two thousand acre farm the game is driven to it's grazing grounds every morning and driven back to the padocks at night. Each animal is weighed every night and records are kept to check the health standards and weight gains.
This plan to train wild game is the largest of it's kind in the world. Its success opens the way to large scale raising of game to take the place of european domestic cattle on marginal land. Unlike imported meat producing domestic cattle, lechwe and eland are immune to the tsetse fly which is still endemic in areas like the Bangwelulu and Kafue flats where the domesticated game herds are going to be introduced first.
If these herds flourish they will be invaluable in raising the living standards of the people in the tsetse infested areas, providing protein-rich food where many people are now suffering from malnutrition and deficiency diseases.