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Skukuza: As the country continues to see an onslaught on its rhino population at an alarming rate, South African National Parks (SANParks) has today(31 July 2012) inaugurated the first group of the 150 new Field rangers as announced by the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms. Edna Molewa at the beginning of the year as part of its International Ranger Day celebrations.
Golden Gate Highlands National Park is collaborating with Clarens in an effort to win the national title as Town of the Year, which will benefit the park greatly.
SANParks in collaboration with the Tourism Research entity (TREES) at North West University is conducting research regarding the key issues pertaining to game drives.
Kruger National Park’s (KNP) HOD: Tourism and Marketing, Ms Lucy Nhlapo has officially launched the “Vukani the Vulture” mascot today, Wednesday (25 July 2012) during the Keep Kruger Clean Campaign. The mascot will assist in keeping Kruger clean by influencing people to change their behaviour about littering in the park.
The annual Kruger National Park (KNP) Birding Weekends, which started as a leisure activity for outdoor enthusiasts, has turned into a nature conservation initiative worth R2.5 million per annum. Organised by the South African National Parks Honorary Rangers of the West Rand Region and sponsored by Sasol, the event now celebrates its 15th anniversary. These events attract over 700 birding enthusiasts and experts from across the country and internationally, over three consecutive weekends each year.
South African National Parks and Unite Against Poaching attended the 702 Walk the Talk to unite against poaching. Staff members helped "walk" a rhino through the streets of Johannesburg in an attempt to create awareness for the plight of our country's rhino.
Our SANParks online gallery recently received over 10 million views! SANParks would like to thank all our visitors for contributing and sharing their precious memories and images, relevant to our parks, on our gallery and making this achievenment a reality.
Pretoria: The Unite Against Poaching campaign, managed under the wing of UNITRANS Volkswagen & Audi and the SANParks Honorary Rangers, has generously sponsored a customized Volkswagen Amarok dog unit single cab bakkie worth over R400 000 to the South African National Parks (SANParks) to be used in the anti-poaching efforts in the Kruger National.
In celebration of Mandela Day, South African National Parks (SANParks) spent the morning in Edenvale at Little Eden, a home that cares for persons with intellectual disabilities. SANParks played with the children from Little Eden and donated clothing to the home.
During a ceremony held in Pretoria, Unite Against Poaching handed a cheque of R 250 000 to the Onderstepoort Veterinary Genetics Laboratory of the University of Pretoria. This donation is in support of a project to create a Rhino DNA database. The RHoDIS project utilises the latest DNA profiling techniques to combat poaching and strengthen rhino conservation by promoting scientific management of the rhino population.
South African National Parks (SANParks) regrets to announce the fatal drowning of a 4 year old girl at the Lower Sabie Camp swimming pool in Kruger National Park this afternoon (17 July 2012). Doctors were called to the scene and tried everything in their power to save her but they were unable to. The South African Police Services are investigating the incident. SANParks would like to send their condolences to the family and wish them strength in their hour of darkness.
The number of rhinos poached in South Africa since the beginning of this year now stands at 281 with a total of 176 individuals arrested in connection with rhino poaching.
The latest update on the heavy rain notice, issued for the Garden Route National Park, as at 20:30 p.m. Monday, 16 July 2012.
South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to inform visitors to the Tsitsikamma and Wilderness Sections of the Garden Route National Park about heavy rainfall currently in the area.
At a recent event SANParks CEO, Dr. David Mabunda called the SANParks Honorary Rangers a “pillar in the building of SANParks.” This is an indication of the important role the Honorary Rangers is playing in support of our National Parks. This involvement is growing in strength as our latest achievements shows.
The town of Clarens, situated in close proximity to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park has been voted as the Freestate winner in the Town of the Year competition, hosted by Rapport and Kwêla.
Entry for the 2011 - 2012 SANParks Writing Competition has been closed. We have selected the stories, poems, essays and trip reports to be shortlisted and have published these on our forum. It is now in your hands to read, enjoy and vote for your favourite in each category! We genuinely appreciate your participation in judging this competition.
In the last approved management plan South African National Parks reflected on the need to re-think the zonation system for the Kruger National Park (Kruger NP) to reflect the complexity of managing a National Park in the 21st century. As a result, the revised zonation is based on the imperatives for the conservation of biodiversity, socio-economic upliftment, land restitution, proposed Greater Lebombo Conservancy (GLC) buffer zone in Mozambique and opportunities for tourism development as a vehicle for economic growth in the regions where the park is situated.
The 2012 Kudu Awards – organized by South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) is now open for entries.
Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) will be hosting a series of public tree planting days at Cecilia Car Park on Rhodes Drive in July and are inviting the public to get their hands dirty.
SANParks constantly strives to connect with society. For this reason we would like to request all our customers to participate in our online survey which will serve to gage your thoughts on the possibility of creating and implementing Mobile Apps which will enable you to interact with the SANParks services from the comfort of a mobile device.
3 July 2012 - The Department of Environmental Affairs would like to quash allegations by animal rights activists that criticised efforts to address on-going rhino poaching, urging them to be part of the solution instead of playing to the gallery.
The Kruger National Park’s Veterinary Wildlife Service Department will from tomorrow (3 July 2012) begin with the final process of a Bovine Tuberculosis (BTB) research project, which started in 2008 in the park in order to determine the effect of the disease on free ranging buffalos.
As part its Corporate Social Investment programme, South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), handed over a bursary to the value of R1 million to students studying Social Sciences, Heritage Conservation and related fields at the University of Pretoria (UP).
The Weg/go! Hide-and-seek Wegkruipertjie competition has reached its halfway mark. This fun filled event is based on clues where participants must try and figure out in which South African national park the competition is being played.
South African National Parks (SANParks) calls for members of the public/organizations/companies to nominate journalists/media entities they deem fit to win the Environmental Media Contribution to Conservation category of the 2011 Kudu Awards.
The Department of Environmental Affairs has welcomed the approval by the Council of the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) of a R25 million funding aimed at strengthening the current wildlife forensic capabilities in South Africa to combat wildlife crimes.
Addo Elephant National Park is presenting a fun-filled holiday programme for kids at Addo Main camp this winter holiday from 23 June to 6 July.
The South African National Parks (SANParks) management has today in a press briefing held in Pretoria given facts about the new Peripheral Development Zone Plan (PDZ) for Kruger National Park (KNP).
Following publicity on the new Kruger National Park (KNP) Zoning Plan, South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to put on record that the approved KNP Zoning Plan is sufficiently comprehensive and covers all aspects of managing a national park in the 21st Century, and that there is nothing controversial about this plan.