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Media Release: Update on rhino poaching

Date: 2012-11-27

The latest rhino poaching statistics indicate that a total of 588 rhinos have been lost to poaching since the beginning of this year, with the total number of arrests at 246.

Media Release: SANParks gets 30 new armed field rangers

Date: 2012-11-27

South African National Parks (SANParks) has 30 new Armed Field Rangers after a passing-out parade held on Friday 23 November 2012 at Weltrac Training Centre situated in the Welgevonden Game Reserve. The 30 graduates are part of SANParks' Environmental Monitors from Kgalagadi, Mokala, Addo Elephant and Kruger National Parks. They completed a six week Armed Ranger course which is part of the Expanded Public Works Programme.

Media Release: Two suspected rhino poachers arrested in the KNP

Date: 2012-11-26

The Kruger National Park’s (KNP) Operation Rhino Task group, comprising of rangers, SANParks Environmental Crime Investigation (ECI) and South African Police Services (SAPS), arrested two suspected rhino poachers on Saturday, 24 November 2012. The arrests happened in the N’wanetsi section, located in the central part of the park. Two (2) hunting rifles, ammunition and four (4) fresh rhino horns were discovered during the operation.

Media Release: KNP Rhino and Elephant injure tourists

Date: 2012-11-13

A female German tourist was injured when a white rhino with a calf attacked a group of tourists who were on a morning walk in the Kruger National Park. The incident happened on 12 November 2012, just a kilometre outside the Wolhuter Trail camp in the southern part of the park.

Media Release: SANParks welcomes sentencing of rhino trader

Date: 2012-11-09

The South African National Parks (SANParks) has welcomed a 40 year conviction of a self-confessed rhino trader and smuggler, Thai national Chumlong Lemtongthai in the Kempton Park Magistrate Court this morning. 

Media Release: The newest national park expands

Date: 2012-11-08

South African National Parks' (SANParks) newest national park, Mokala National Park in the Northern Cape has added two important properties, Lilydale and Valschfontein as part of its park expansion programme.

Media Release: Minister Molewa urges for firm action on rhino poaching syndicates

Date: 2012-11-07

6 November 2012 - The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa today called for a stricter sentence to be imposed on suspected rhino poaching kingpin, Thai national Mr Chumlong Lemtongthai, who yesterday pleaded guilty  to illegally obtaining hunting permits that led to the illegal exportation of nearly 26 rhino horns. 

Denel and SANParks sign landmark agreement to combat rhino poaching

Date: 2012-11-06

Pretoria: The South African National Parks (SANParks) and Denel have joined forces to fight the scourge of rhino poaching in South Africa. 

Speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, Riaz Saloojee, Denel Group Chief Executive Officer, said this is a momentous occasion for both state entities to work together in the fight against rhino poaching and protecting South Africa’s heritage.

Media Release: Anthrax outbreak affects hippos in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2012-11-05

The South African National Parks (SANParks) said in a statement today that the anthrax outbreak that started in late August in the north of the Kruger National Park (KNP) has claimed the lives of 30 hippopotamus in the Letaba and Olifants River in the past two weeks. Post mortems results from some of the carcases, suggest they were infected by the bacteria.

Book Luxury Lodge accommodation via the SANParks website!

Date: 2012-11-02

You are now able to book accommodation at the Rhino Post Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park and at !Xaus Lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park via the SANParks' online bookings portal.

Media Release: Update on rhino poaching

Date: 2012-10-30

The latest rhino poaching statistics.

Media Release: Conservation body launches community benefication project

Date: 2012-10-25

The South African National Parks (SANParks) officially launched its first legacy Corporate Social Investment (CSI) project in the small village of Cork in Mpumalanga on the border of the Kruger National Park, today (25/10/2012). 

Media Release: Tracking dogs to intensify KNP's rangers' fight against poaching

Date: 2012-10-23

In a bid to intensify the fight against rhino poaching, the Kruger National Park (KNP) has inaugurated five tracking dogs today, (23 October 2012) as part of the Rhino Dogs Project to assist with patrols and operations. The dogs underwent 10 weeks of intensive training where they were introduced to the bush, learnt how to track human scent, trained how to protect team members, smell out rhino horn and detect ammunitions from the poachers.

Media Release: SA commits to signing MoU with Vietnam to address rhino poaching

Date: 2012-10-23

22 October 2012 - South Africa remains committed to entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vietnam that will promote cooperation between the two countries and compliance with CITES.  The MoU will be addressing, in particular, the illegal trade in rhino horn that has seen a scourge in rhino poaching.

Media Release: KNP to demolish its artificial water holes

Date: 2012-10-23

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.

Addo Live Webcam launched!

Date: 2012-10-19

It is our pleasure to announce that you will now be able to view a live video stream of yet another webcam, the one based at Addo Elephant National Park!

SANParks launches the Orpen Live Webcam!

Date: 2012-10-16

"First prize - visit your favourite park; drive to a scenic waterhole; observe the environment, hear the sounds, feel Nature’s presence in your bones… You can’t do that just yet? Ok, in that case, visit the Live Orpen Webcam virtually, any time of the day or the night and enjoy the live video streaming. It is now as close as it gets to being in Nature. Plus the added convenience of watching it from the comfort of your own home", announced Nedret Saidova, E-Business Senior Manager, SANParks

Media Release: Update on rhino poaching

Date: 2012-10-16

The latest rhino poaching statistics.

First Blue Flag beaches inside a National Park!

Date: 2012-10-16

Minister of Tourism, Marthinus Van Schalkwyk declares first blue flag beaches inside a National Park!

Media Release: Compass Group staff on strike in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2012-10-15

All the guests travelling to the Kruger National Park (KNP) are informed about the strike by Compass Group employees in the park. 

Media Release: KNP asks for God's intervention in rhino poaching

Date: 2012-10-13

The Kruger National Park (KNP) in partnership with Malamulele Pastors Fraternal, held a church service to pray for rhino poaching today (Saturday, 13 October 2012). Different church denominations from the neighbouring communities in the northern part of the park assembled at Shingwedzi Soccer Field to declare war against rhino poachers.

Media Release: One suspected poacher fatally wounded in Kruger National Park

Date: 2012-10-08

In an anti-poaching operation, carried out on the evening of Saturday, 6 October 2012, Kruger National Park rangers made contact with three armed suspected rhino poachers at the Crocodile Bridge section of the park in which a shoot-out ensued. 

Media Release: New accommodation bookings terms and conditions for 2013

Date: 2012-10-08

The South African National Parks (SANParks) will embark on a process of introducing new terms and conditions for accommodation sales as of 01 January 2013.


First-ever Mountain Zebra National Park Sasol Birding Weekend

Date: 2012-10-08

There is still time for novice and experienced birders to sign up for the first-ever Sasol Birding Weekend at Mountain Zebra National Park. The Park’s Honorary Rangers, who are organising the weekend, hope that this inaugural event will become an annual one.


Media Release: The DEA updates on the work of the Rhino Issue Manager

Date: 2012-10-08

4 October 2012 - The Department of Environmental Affairs wishes to update South Africans on the work of the Rhino Issue Manager appointed by the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Minister Edna Molewa. 


Red-billed Oxpeckers re-introduced into Mokala National Park

Date: 2012-10-01

South African National Parks (SANParks) and The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) released 21 red-billed oxpeckers into the Mokala National Park on 22 September 2012. 

Media Release: SANParks announces successful bidders

Date: 2012-09-28

South African National Parks (SANParks) announced the successful bidders for some of its key Restaurant and Retail facilities in National Parks at the country’s premier conservation agency’s head office in Pretoria on 28 September 2012.

Media Release: Marakele National Park safe following fire

Date: 2012-09-26

South African National Parks (SANParks) said in a statement today that tourists planning to visit the Marakele National Park in Thabazimbi this week are free to book and make use of the park following a fire blaze in the mountainous area of the park.

Media Release: SANParks supports World Rhino Day

Date: 2012-09-20

The third annual World Rhino Day will be celebrated on Saturday 22 September 2012 worldwide. In an effort to contribute to the fight against rhino poaching, South African National Park (SANParks) encourages all South Africans to mobilise themselves in this battle and join in the activities planned around the country. This year’s theme for World Rhino Day is “Five Rhino Species Forever”, which celebrates both the African and Asian rhino species. 

Kruger National Park flood repair update

Date: 2012-09-20

An update on the Kruger National Park flood repairs as at 07:00 a.m. on 20 September 2012.

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