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Media Release: Anthrax outbreak in the north of the KNP

Date: 28th August 2012

Over the last two days, 30 carcasses of roan antelopes were discovered at the Capricorn Rare antelope enclosure in the northern part of the park, around the Mopani camp area. The animals are believed to have died from yet another outbreak of the anthrax disease in the park, like it normally happens from time to time during this time of the year.

“Roan antelopes are some of the rare species in the park and having lost 30 animals will have a very serious impact on the total population which is estimated at about less than 100 animals in the whole park. Rangers are on the ground monitoring the situation and will from time to time report back on their findings” said the KNP’s Head of Department: Public Relations and Communication; Mr William Mabasa.

Anthrax it’s a bacterial fatal disease which is very dangerous to both animals and human beings. People are advised not to touch any carcass found in the park, instead if they see any dead animal, they should report it to the nearest camp.

Issued by:
Public Relations Department, Kruger National Park 
SANParks 

Enquiries:
William Mabasa
HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919
email: william.mabasa@sanparks.org

 

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