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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.
Update on the heavy rains experienced in the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site.
The situation at the moment (Tuesday, 22 January 2013 at 09h00) is as follows:
The recent heavy rains experienced in most parts of the country have resulted in the sudden temporary closure of the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage (MNP& WH) site. The park is inaccessible from Musina, as roads leading to the area are washed away.
The recent heavy rains experienced in most parts of the country have resulted in the closure of some of the camps and gravel roads in the Kruger National Park (KNP). The KNP experienced heavy rain in the northern part earlier this week which lead to closure of all the bush camps and gravel roads. Today the southern part of the park is also affected.
The Mapungubwe Interpretive Centre (MIC) situated within the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage (MNP&WH) Site has been temporarily closed due to the heavy rains in the area.
Heavy rains in the Kruger National Park (KNP) have resulted in temporary closure of Bush Camps and most of the roads in the Nxanatseni Region. All the bookings made at the affected bush camps will be transferred to the nearest camps. Main roads leading to the rest camps with low level bridges have been affected as well.
The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa has expressed grave concern about the high rate of rhinos poached in 2012 and would like to reiterate government’s unwavering commitment in the continued fight against rhino poaching.
The Kruger National Park (KNP)’s Managing Executive, Mr Abe Sibiya has announced today (Wednesday, 09 January 2013) that 811 fines were issued to rule breakers during the festive season (1 - 31 December 2012).
South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced that three rhinos had been lost since the beginning of the year. The animals were lost in two separate incidents. A hunting rifle and two sets of horns were recovered.
The South African National Parks (SANParks) announced today that five suspected poachers were arrested over this past long weekend. The suspects were in possession of ammunition, a silencer and two high caliber hunting rifles.
The South African National Parks (SANParks) announced this morning that for the 2013/14 tariff year, annual increases in conservation fees will be higher than anticipated, mainly as a result of an increase in conservation operational costs.
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The South African National Parks (SANParks) said this morning that as part of its tactics to fight the rhino poaching scourge in the Kruger National Park (KNP) it has acquired the services of a retired decorated army Major General who is highly rated to oversee the overall anti-poaching operations in the park.
International efforts in the fight against rhino poaching were today intensified when the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Minister of Agricultural and Rural Development of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Dr Cao Duc Phat. The MoU between the two countries is on cooperation in the field of Biodiversity Conservation and Protection and was signed in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Day visitors planning to visit the park during this festive season are reminded that gate quotas will be enforced. Day visitors are advised to make a pre-booking to secure their entry at the entrance gate.