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Media Release: KNP to demolish its artificial water holes

Date: 23rd October 2012

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will demolish its artificial boreholes and dams near Mopani Restcamp in the northern part of the park today (Tuesday, 23 October 2012). Explosives will be used to demolish these structures. The area around the target structure will be cleared to ensure that animals and human beings are safe.

“This is in line with the current approach to wildlife management in the park. KNP has been closing all artificial water points since the last five years” said the Head of Communication and Public Relations, Mr William Mabasa.

Artificial water holes where water did not previously occur have led to numerous ecological problems. This resulted in a negative consequence to the rare herbivore species such as roan and sable antelope. Conservation management has taken drastic steps to rectify these negative consequences by demolishing certain artificial water holes. These will be replaced by naturally occurring water holes in the area. 

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 or
email: william.mabasa@sanparks.org

 

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