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Media Release: DNA profiling to combat rhino poaching

Date: 2012-07-18

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. 

Media Release: Fatal drowning in Kruger National Park

Date: 2012-07-17

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. 

Media Release: Update on rhino poaching statistics

Date: 2012-07-17

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.

Update on Heavy Rain Alert in the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2012-07-17

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.

Media Release: Heavy Rain Alert in the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2012-07-13

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. 

Media Release: Annual Honorary Rangers Indaba

Date: 2012-07-13

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.

Clarens, the Freestate winner in Town of the Year competition!

Date: 2012-07-13

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.

Be a judge in our SANParks 2011 - 2012 Writing Competition!

Date: 2012-07-11

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.

Revised Zoning System - Kruger National Park

Date: 2012-07-09

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. 

Media Release: SANParks Kudu Awards entries are now open

Date: 2012-07-09

The 2012 Kudu Awards – organized by South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) is now open for entries.  

Media Release: Plant a tree at Cecilia Car Park

Date: 2012-07-05

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. 

Invitation to participate in our Mobile App online survey and prize draw

Date: 2012-07-05

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. 

Media Release: DEA clarifies its efforts to thwart rhino poaching

Date: 2012-07-04

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. 

Media Release: KNP to get an answer on Bovine Tuberculosis

Date: 2012-07-02

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.

Media Release: SANParks announces bursary scheme for UP environmental students

Date: 2012-06-28

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).


Go hide-and-seek with Weg's Wegkruipertjie

Date: 2012-06-27

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.

Media Release: SANParks call for nominations for best environment reporters

Date: 2012-06-27

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.


Media Release: SA Government welcomes GEF funding to fight rhino poaching

Date: 2012-06-27

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. 


Media Release: Go Wild Child at Addo Elephant National Park this holiday

Date: 2012-06-26

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.

Media Release: Facts about new peripheral development zone for KNP

Date: 2012-06-25

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). 

Media Release: SANParks refutes claims that new Zoning Plan for KNP is controversial

Date: 2012-06-25

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.

An interactive holiday programme in the KNP at the Tigers Eye Shops!

Date: 2012-06-21

The Tigers Eye shops in various camps in the Kruger National Park are hosts to a variety of exciting activities during the upcoming school holidays from the 22nd of June to the 15th of July 2012.  Interactive activities include book launches and signings, kids crafting competitions, photographic talks and kids story time.  Come see what is wild and happening at the Tiger's Eye park shops this holiday!

Media Release: Latest statistics on rhino poaching

Date: 2012-06-20

The total number of rhinos poached in South Africa since the beginning of this year now stands at 251 with the number of arrests at 170.

Last chance to enter the SANParks Annual Writing Competition!

Date: 2012-06-19

The deadline for the SANParks Annual Writing Competition is nearly upon us. So don't delay, get your entries in as soon as possible!  Entries must be received by 12 noon 30 June 2012.

Latest update on the KNP flood notice

Date: 2012-08-02

The latest Kruger National Park flood notice as at 15:00 p.m. on 02/08/2012.

Namaqua Flowers Beach Camp now open for bookings!

Date: 2012-06-16

Following a successful Flower Beach Camp hosted last year in the Namaqua National Park, the South African National Parks (SANParks) announced the bookings for the 2012 beach camp as open. 


Media Release: Latest statistics on rhino poaching

Date: 2012-06-12

The latest statistics indicate that the number of rhinos poached in South Africa since the beginning of this year now stands at 245, with the number of arrests at 161.

Media Release: Fun awaits kids at Camdeboo holiday programme

Date: 2012-06-12

Tons of fun awaits kids who sign up for the upcoming Camdeboo National Park holiday programme.

Media Release: SANParks sets up Environmental Education camp for the Youth

Date: 2012-06-11

The Chief Executive Officer of South African National Parks (SANParks), Dr David Mabunda launched the second phase of the SANParks Kudu Green School Initiative (KGSI) - an environmental programme started in 2010 that is targeted at the urban school going children in the Pilanesberg National Park today.


Technical difficulties: Online Bookings

Date: 2012-06-08

Please note that we are currently experiencing technical difficulties. As a result our online bookings facility is not operational. Our technical team is working to resolve the issue ASAP. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


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