Things To Do in AddoAddo Dung Beetle Breeding Station
Where? Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm, Addo Village, Greater Addo, Eastern Cape.
When? By arrangement
How? Call +27 (0)83 399-4129 or +27 (0)83 974-5802
How much? Price on request
More? See website
The conservation project's purpose was to breed Circellium bacchus dung beetles and reintroduce them back into nature, and to create an awareness of conservation outside of a National Park. We started our Conservation project by introducing 11 dung beetles to the enclosure.
The Beetle is 22 to 47 mm long; amongst the largest dung beetles in Africa, flightless (no wings) and favours elephant dung. Because of its once widespread but now localized distribution, this specific dung beetle is understood to be endangered.
Both male and female beetles roll food balls, but only the female construct brood balls. The males always follow the female and they are never far behind . This behavior has not been documented in any other ball rolling species.
A guided visit to The Addo Dung Beetle Breeding Station on our premises will teach you more about this unique beetle and we will gladly share our efforts to conserve one of the “ little African rarities” of our country.
The guest farm extends into 263 ha of succulent valley bush veld, one of the seven South African biomes. This land is also a game viewing area, where some of the dung beetles will be reintroduced.