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The number of rhino poached in South Africa since 1 January 2013, has increased to 102.
For a very long time Marakele National Park offered limited accommodation to those people who are not camp enthusiasts. This is according to Johan Taljaard, Park Manager who said that situation is now a thing of the past since the opening of Motswere guest-house which is situated probably in the order of more than 30 minutes away from the main entrance.
The South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to refute a report made on Beeld newspaper (Monday, February 18, 2013) regarding rhino DNA samples. The paper’s report is based on an unnamed source within the Kruger National Park (KNP), who alleges foul play and deliberate switching off of fridges storing the samples, a claim rejected by the Kruger National Park Environmental Crime Scene Investigations Unit representative, who said that data was never lost.
The Kruger National Park (KNP)’s General Manager: Marula Region, Lucy Nhlapo will, on behalf of the Park present school kids from around the southern part of the park with pairs of shoes on 18 - 26 February 2013.
Why did the chicken cross the road? In this case, to teach the baby ostrich how to feed. Well, that’s the situation at Karoo National Park, in any case.
A raptor identification course is planned for the weekend of 8 – 10 March 2013, at Mountain Zebra National Park outside Cradock.
Kruger National Park (KNP) flood damage update as at 08:00 on 15 February 2013.
The South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced the arrest of four suspected poachers in the Kruger National Park (KNP).
Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) is in the process of obtaining a burning permit to conduct a number of biodiversity (prescribed) burns in various sections of the Park. Planned for March and April, these prescribed burns take place under very strict conditions and are carefully planned ahead of time.
Two male lions from the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park were released into the Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West today, bringing the total number of feline predators now in the Park to nine.
The South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced in a statement, its revised filming and photography rates for 2013. According to SANParks, General Manager: Media, Events & Stakeholder Relations, Reynold Thakhuli, the filming and photography rates have not been reviewed in the last ten years. "The increase will see an average of 10 percent across the board for all filming and photographic needs taking place in national parks."
Anti-poaching units, supported by the SA Police Service, the Hawks and the SA National Defence Force, have arrested 13 people linked to poaching in the past week. The arrest of 9 alleged poachers in the Kruger National Park, three alleged couriers in Johannesburg and one alleged poacher in Limpopo in the past weeks brings the number of people arrested to 34. Four alleged poachers were fatally wounded in the Kruger National Park.
The historic Cape Agulhas Lighthouse will be closed to the public as of Monday 4 February 2013 due to renovations taking place. Since November 2012 the lighthouse has been undergoing renovations to the interior and exterior of the building due to erosion.
The South African National Parks (SANParks) announced in a statement today that new security measures at the iconic Kruger National Park are being implemented.
South African National Parks (SANParks) received a donation from Latest Sightings, a website where the public can share sightings. The donations were handed over at the Phalaborwa Gate in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on Saturday 2 February 2013 to assist those affected by the recent floods in the park.
The recent floods in the Kruger National Park, thick vegetation, two weeks of a full moon, aggressive incursions from Mozambique are some of the factors that have contributed not only an increase in poaching in the country’s flagship national park, but also in a rise in the number of arrests of those intent on killing these animals for their horns.
Moratorium on the national trade of rhino horn:
It is important for all guests to this website to note the following - Since 13 February 2009, as per Government Gazette no 31899, Vol 524, there is a national moratorium on the selling of rhino horns, which means that no permit will be issued for the selling of rhino horn in South Africa and that no person in South Africa may sell rhino horns.
We at SANParks would like to welcome you to this very important page that you should not leave our website without checking at least once every so often.
Even though Cape Town may be physically removed from the Rhino poaching challenge, it does not mean that Capetonians stand aloof. Table Mountain National Park, representing various user groups therefore want to pledge our support toward the campaign to eradicate rhino-poaching in our country.
South African National Parks (SANParks) has received and welcomed a letter of apology from Allison Thompson of Outraged South African Citizens Against Poaching (OSCAP) regarding unproven allegations levelled against SANParks and its employees in the OSCAP Facebook Page on the 26 January 2013.
Minister of Water & Environmental Affairs gazettes Biodiversity Management Plan for black rhino for implementation
The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa on Friday (25 January 2013) published the Biodiversity Management Plan for black rhinoceros (Diceros icornis) in Government Gazette No. 36096 for implementation.
Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site (MNP&WHS) has re-opened its doors after a week’s closure due to heavy floods in the park. The Park was closed on Monday, 21 January 2013 and has now been reopened to the public, except for the museum which will reopen later in the week.
SANParks have noted with concern the recent irresponsible pronouncements made in the social media platforms by Allison Thompson of Outraged South African Citizens Against Poaching (OSCAP), an anti-poaching lobby group, concerning allegations of poaching equipment having been found in staff quarters during the recent flood evacuations. Thompson alleges that some “sources” further alleged that there were shocking discoveries of illegal tenants in the park which included some Mozambicans being housed in the staff accommodation in the Kruger National Park.
In a joint anti-poaching operation by the Kruger National Park Task Force Rangers and the South African Police Services on Saturday, 26 January 2013, contact was made with suspected rhino poachers.
Natural disasters occur occasionally in our national parks, and as it is an unforeseen circumstance, which cannot be avoided, it can affect our guests with regards to their travel plans and bookings. In such circumstances, South African National Parks (SANParks) will contact guests who have bookings in affected areas.
Severe floods in the Kruger National Park and Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site, have brutally affected our SANParks staff members who are operational within said parks. The SANParks Honorary Rangers needs your support to help these people rebuild their lives.
The latest rhino poaching statistics show that 32 rhinos have been poached in South Africa since the beginning of the year. This brings to 18 the number of rhino poached in the Kruger National Park for their horns. Six rhino were poached in North West and five in KwaZulu-Natal since the start of the year.
Kruger National Park (KNP) flood update as at 19:00 on 26 January 2013
The South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced two successful operations against rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park (KNP). “We are elated that during one of our toughest weekends weather-wise, we were still able to execute our rhino poaching offensive and emerge victorious,” said Wanda Mkutshulwa, SANParks spokesperson.