Game capture

Animal welfare is key to our capture operations and are done in such a way that ensure minimum stress to the animals.
Our capture techniques have been perfected over a period of 30 years and we are still improving on our methods of transport and post capture care.
Various capture techniques are used by us to ensure the safe translocation of live game.

Wildlife boma capture

Mass Boma Capture

Most of the plains game species are captured by boma to ensure quick and safe translocation of a large number of animals. A boma consists of a V shaped coral built with 3 meter high plastic sheeting walls into which the animals are herded by helicopter. Once in the boma the animals are then herded on foot into trucks specially designed to transport wildlife for delivery to their new destination.

Wildlife darting


The darting operation requires low level flying in a helicopter. A veterinarian armed with a darting gun shoots a tranquilliser filled dart into the animal. This method is used to move an individual animal quickly and without stress to the rest of the herd.

Wildlife translocation


Transportation of wildlife is an important part of the game capture process an has to be done with great care and dedication from the truck driver. Du Preez Wild utilises 4 specialised trucks built specifically to minimize injury and stress to the animals. The trucks are fitted with special air suspension to ensure the animals have a comfortable trip to their new destination.

Game sensus

Helicopter Support

Du Preez Wild has 3 helicopters in it's fleet. The 2 Hughes 300 helicopters are mainly used for game capture. The Bell 206 Jet Ranger is mainly used for game counts and censuses and darting of the larger wildlife species such as rhinoceros and elephant.

Game pens

Game Pens

The holding facilities for wildlife on the Du Preez Wild premises are designed by Jan Du Preez himself. Jan has considerable experience in game pen design having designed various holding pens in Namibia. Animals can be kept in quarantine in the holding pens for up to 6 weeks or longer depending on the export requirements of the foreign country. Holding pens are mainly used during auctions. Injured animals can be kept in the pens for treatment and observation.

The holding pens are available for rent to game farmers and dealers.