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Media Release: Three white rhinos poached in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2013-01-08

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. 

Media Release: Success of "Operation Rhino Alive" in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2012-12-19

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. 

Media Release: Conservation efforts impacts on rates at National Parks

Date: 2012-12-13

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.

SANParks Accommodation Availability now on Facebook!

Date: 2012-12-12

"In love with Storms River? Addicted to camping in Tamboti? Can’t get enough of Kgalagadi? Finding the right accommodation for the right time can be a time-consuming task, which is why we bring you SANParks Accommodation Availability via Facebook. Now you can check your favorite places’ availability, and chat with your friends on Facebook, all at the same time", says Nedret Saidova, Senior Manager: E-Business Division.

Media Release: SANParks enlists retired army general to command anti-poaching

Date: 2012-12-12

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.

Media Release: SA and Vietnam sign MoU to fight rhino poaching

Date: 2012-12-10

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. 

Media Release: KNP to enforce gate quotas during the festive season

Date: 2012-12-10

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.

Media Release: Weather conditions favour fires in Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2012-12-05

The month of November was particularly dry and windy and TMNP fire officials therefore expect a busy fire season in the months ahead. The expected adverse weather conditions will lead to an increase of fire flare-ups during this coming season.

Media Release: Table Mountain National Park takes top spot

Date: 2012-12-05

Table Mountain National Park has won the Best Performing Park award at the prestigious South African National Parks (SANParks) Kudu Awards ceremony held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on Friday, 30 November 2012.These national Awards recognise SANParks staff members and parks throughout the country for their exceptional performance during the year and their efforts in customer service excellence with various categories under the Chief Executive Awards. 

Media Release: SA and Vietnam to sign MoU in the field of biodiversity conservation

Date: 2012-12-04

South Africa and Vietnam to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperations in the field of biodiversity conservation and protection, next week.

Media Release: SANParks and private sector take rhino poaching war to the skies

Date: 2012-12-04

Ichikowitz Family Foundation bolsters SANParks’ surveillance capability to save the rhino.

Media Release: Table Mountain National Park inaugurated as New 7 Wonder of Nature

Date: 2012-12-03

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), managed by South African National Parks (SANParks) was officially inaugurated as a New 7 Wonder of Nature in Pretoria today. Dr David Mabunda, SANParks CEO said this initiative has touched the lives of South Africans and  is a symbol of hope, unity and transformation. The mountain has brought South Africans together for a common goal, in line with SANParks vision of ‘Connecting to Society’.

Media Release: Conservationists celebrated at Kudu Awards

Date: 2012-11-30

The South African National Parks (SANParks) supported by First National Bank (FNB) awarded deserving conservationists at their 8th annual Kudu Awards ceremony held at Gallagher Estates in Midrand this evening (30 November 2012).

Media Release: Table Mountain NP Visitor Safety Team ready and prepared for season

Date: 2012-11-30

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) yesterday congratulated 30 Visitor Safety Rangers in an official Passing Out Parade at the foot of Table Mountain. With a full squad of 60 visitor safety rangers and 11 visitor safety dogs, TMNP is ready and prepared for the peak festive season.

Media Release: Agulhas lighthouse under renovation

Date: 2012-11-29

The historic Agulhas lighthouse is currently being renovated. Erosion has caused structural damage outside and inside the lighthouse and over the next few months until April 2013 workers will be on sight to revamp the lighthouse.

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.

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