Skip to Content

Klokkies - The Official SANParks Wildlife Spokesperson

Find, identify and discuss the animals of all the SANParks

Moderator: RosemaryH

User avatar
Wild@Heart
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2130
Joined: Thu Dec 09, 2004 6:51 am
Location: In a very busy place

Klokkies - The Official SANParks Wildlife Spokesperson

Unread postby Wild@Heart » Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:02 pm

Recently I received a certificate for adopting a rhino (Vallabh incase you wonder and he/she is awesome. We talk everyday :D). LOL .. back to topic :)

Anyhoo .. I saw Klokkies was the "Official SANParks Wildlife Spokeperson" and this reminded me about the tremendous honour I had in meeting Klokkies way back in 2006. The story behind it all was very sad and I'll try to tell it as I can remember it .. so some of the details might be a bit greyish (I blame old age for that ... and DB) :)

There was Klokkies and Oortjies. They were both orphaned at a very young age due to poachers (Oortjies was caught in a snare and lost one of it's ears as a result). As such SANParks decided to step in (not the norm) and placed them in the Boma. Klokkies and Oortjies became ambassadors for Kruger. Used in educational purposes etc.

[Disclaimer - This information is as I can remember and some details might not be 100% correct]
Both were released later in life in the northern parts of Kruger (Oorjties not too sure) but it seems the lack of growing up with their mother (or whatever the case may be) resulted in Klokkies not adjusting. Klokkies is back and as far as I know Oortjies has passed on while roaming the Kruger.
[End Disclaimer]

They were gentle giants. It was amazing to be able to touch them and interact with them (behind the fence though). It was a once in a lifetime experience which I can only be thankful for and made me truly appreciative of these majestic animals.

Here is few photo's we took on the day of Klokkies

Image

Image

Image

Image

If you would also like to adopt a rhino just go here to the Adoption Page
NO TO HOTEL DEVELOPMENT IN KRUGER

User avatar
RemiE
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 739
Joined: Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:25 pm
Location: Sandton (Concrete Jungle)

Re: Klokkies - The Official SANParks Wildlife Spokesperson

Unread postby RemiE » Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:05 pm

What a lovely story W@H :clap:
Thank you so much for sahring this with use, (blurly and all)
Love the photos
GLORY be to God for dappled things—Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89).
TR: KNP Dawn to Dusk Jan/Feb 2015

User avatar
DinkyBird
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 46435
Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:54 pm
Location: Across the Equator, otherside the Atlantic

Re: Klokkies - The Official SANParks Wildlife Spokesperson

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:43 pm

(I blame old age for that ... and DB)
:shock:

Methinks it is more a case of too many 'veggies' consumed by one W@H :whistle:


A lovely story W@H! Was this on one of the Duke Pack visits?
Sawubona
Dalene

User avatar
Wild@Heart
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2130
Joined: Thu Dec 09, 2004 6:51 am
Location: In a very busy place

Re: Klokkies - The Official SANParks Wildlife Spokesperson

Unread postby Wild@Heart » Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:18 pm

DinkyBird wrote:
(I blame old age for that ... and DB)
:shock:

Methinks it is more a case of too many 'veggies' consumed by one W@H :whistle:


A lovely story W@H! Was this on one of the Duke Pack visits?


Eh ... not that day .. I even remember showing WTM a Carmine Bee-Eater :D

Nope ... this was when JacoV, myself and WTM decided to go and visit the then KNP Spokesman. That's the trip that WTM forgot the tent roof again and we had to slum it out in the Pretoriuskop Guesthouse because WTM could not manage the steps at KNP Spokesman's home :twisted:
NO TO HOTEL DEVELOPMENT IN KRUGER

User avatar
MATTHYS
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 46139
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 12:30 am
Location: Worcester, South Africa

Re: Klokkies - The Official SANParks Wildlife Spokesperson

Unread postby MATTHYS » Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:30 pm

A tremendous honour and privilege to have been there 8) . Thanks for sharing, W@H :gflower:

:lol: @slumming episode !
aquila non capit muscas

User avatar
hilda
Forum Assistant
Forum Assistant
FAC Member (2014)
Posts: 15147
Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:39 am
Location: Pretoria SA

Re: Klokkies - The Official SANParks Wildlife Spokesperson

Unread postby hilda » Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:48 pm

Thanks for this beautiful story Wild@Heart! Indeed a once in a lifetime experience! Wonderful! :clap: :clap:
VHR Fundraiser: Potjiekos Competition: Far Schools Project

Voting ends TODAY at 13:00 CAT! PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTE: Website Community Choice Award - Kudu Awards 2015.

User avatar
ecojunkie
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 9619
Joined: Sat Oct 06, 2007 7:05 am
Location: Back in the caravan at Malelane Camp

Re: Klokkies - The Official SANParks Wildlife Spokesperson

Unread postby ecojunkie » Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:48 pm

I remember Klokkies......was privileged to visit him a number of times. He loved having his ears rubbed. Sadly he is no longer there.....died last year.
Smiling is contagious. Start an epidemic today!

Have you read the entrance permit? Do you KNOW the Conditions of Entry?

Completed over 6 years in Kruger in my caravan.

If I was normal I wouldn't be me!


Return to “Mammals”