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Date: 2015-06-01

Birds, bugs, trees, cats, seahorses, flowers and raging fires – it’s all in the June edition of the SANParks Times.

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Media Release: Minister of Environmental Affairs hands over forensic trailers to assist in poaching

Date: 2015-06-01

29 May 2015 - The fight against rhino poaching was bolstered  with the handover of four 4X4 forensic trailers to SANParks, the North West Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism, as well as to the Limpopo Department of Environment and Tourism and the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency.

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Media Release: Kruger National Park achievers sparkle for top notch

Date: 2015-06-01

The 16th Kruger National Park (KNP) Achievement Awards took place on the 29th of May 2015, in Skukuza. The award recipients displayed great pleasure and pride as they walked the stage to collect their prizes.

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Reservations bookings periods

Date: 2015-06-01

The June and July 2016 bookings will open on 22 July 2015 at 07:30. Online bookings for the same period will open on 23 July 2015.

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Media Release: Eight year old donates sniffer dogs to Marakele National Park

Date: 2015-05-27

The South African National Parks (SANParks) Honorary Rangers in partnership with Alyssa's Save The Rhino's Fund officially handed over two trained sniffer dogs to the Ranger Corps in Marakele National Park. This handover was facilitated by the Waterberg region of the SANParks Honorary Rangers and the SANParks Honorary Rangers canine fund.

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Media Release: KNP engages with stakeholders at Polokwane Show

Date: 2015-05-25

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will showcase its tourism products at the Polokwane Show which takes place on 27 - 30 May 2015. The idea is to afford clients an opportunity to have one on one interaction with KNP Staff, discussing various tourism and conservation related issues in Polokwane. 

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Media Release: Addo's famous cubs take next step towards returning to the wild

Date: 2015-05-20

Addo Elephant National Park’s three lion cubs which rose to fame towards the end of last year, orphaned when their mother, Gina, died, have started the next step towards their rehabilitation back into the wild.  Now nine months old, the male and two females have been moved from a holding boma in the park’s main game viewing area to a much larger, 200 hectare camp within the Kuzuko contractual area in the north of the park about 100kms away by road.

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Media Release: The 2015 Kudu Awards opens for entries

Date: 2015-05-20

The 2015 Kudu Awards organized by South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) and Total SA has opened for entries.

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40% discount on online bookings for Narina Bush Camp in Addo Elephant National Park

Date: 2015-05-19

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 40% discount to short notice online reservations for Narina Bush Camp, in the Zuurberg section of the Addo Elephant National Park

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Media Release: Green Flag status for Knysna forest trails

Date: 2015-05-19

Two Hiking trails in the Knysna forest also part of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) recently received Green Flag status.  Perdekop (9, 5 kilometer nature walk) and Olifants (in Diepwalle) hiking trails were accredited by the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa (HOSA) on the 14 May 2015. 

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Potential extension of World Heritage site to include Southern Cape forests

Date: 2015-05-19

The Afromontane forests of the Southern Cape, most of them part of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) are up for a listing on the World Heritage List (UNESCO- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation). 

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Media Release: Addo's new wheels against poaching

Date: 2015-05-18

Addo Elephant National Park’s fight against rhino poaching was stepped up a notch in April when it took ownership of a Polaris all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and a specially designed “rhino anti-poaching” trailer for use in the field.  This was thanks to a financial injection from the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising programme’s MyPlanet Rhino Fund (administered by the Endangered Wildlife Trust) for the ATV and the Rhino Action Group Effort (RAGE) and TW Steel’s donation of one of only four-of-its-kind trailers.

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Media Release: Gallet Group raises R325 000 for SANParks Ranger Assist Fund

Date: 2015-05-13

Pretoria, Wednesday 13 May, 2015 – Nature conservation efforts in South African National Parks (SANParks) were given a major boost today with a donation of R325 000 from South African-based financial services company Gallet Group Employee Benefits (Pty) Ltd.

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Bird mortalities in the Wilderness Lakes Area

Date: 2015-05-11

SANParks has received the first report from the State Vet who was consulted to conduct extensive tests on birds subsequent to recent bird kills. ‘Clinical Tests have come back negative for avian influenza (bird flu) and Newcastle disease’. 

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Media Release: SANParks partners SATSA on safari vehicle self-regulation project for KNP

Date: 2015-05-10

Durban: National Minister of Tourism, the Honorable Derek Hanekom, launched a tourism industry first at Indaba on Sunday, May 10 – a self-regulation project for open safari vehicles (OSVs) in the Kruger National Park.

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