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Media Release - 8 September 2004

SANParks holds the Big Elephant Indaba

South African National Parks announced today that SANParks will be holding an Indaba on elephant management from 19 -21 October 2004.

SANParks is inviting a range of affected and interested stakeholders to participate at this Indaba; comprising of community representatives, affected industry, neighbouring countries, Conservation NGOs, Provincial Conservation Authorities, private conservation organisations, academics and the media.

"We are expecting participation from all these sectors in order for us to be able to conclude the debate on the management of elephants in protected areas, specifically in National Parks," said wanda mkutshulwa, Head of Communications.

Mkutshulwa said, "We have realised, however, that the subject of elephants is one that is close to heart to a number of people in South Africa, but for the reason of limited resources we will be unable to accommodate everyone and as such we have put together a team of evaluators who will be evaluating the applications for participation using a set of criteria which has been put in place to ensure wide representation".

The Indaba will be held at the Kruger National Park, starting with a welcoming dinner on the 19 October 2004.

Discussions at the Indaba will be based on the following topics:

  • The possible impact of elephants on biodiversity
  • The conservation status and future of elephants in protected areas in southern Africa
  • Ethics and values for management of elephants
  • The social impact of protected areas (potential risks and benefits to neighbours)
  • Options for managing elephants (translocation, contraception, culling and others)

"SANParks is inviting all those people who would like to present their papers to give us an abstract of their papers in order for the evaluation team to look at them, as we are looking at stimulating broad debate on this matter in order to come up with representative recommendations," said Mkutshulwa.

Information on the registration for the Indaba has been posted on the SANParks website, at

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Issued by South African National Parks Communications
Lulama Luti
Media Liaison & PR Manager
Tel: 012 426 5203 / 082 905 4645
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