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Agulhas, Bontebok, Table Mountain, Tankwa Karoo, West Coast
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Unread postby arks » Tue Aug 01, 2006 5:04 pm

MARK CHOWLES wrote:What else should be on it WC :?:

I'm not WC, but think you should add bontebok and steenbok, and probably also angulate tortoise.
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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Tue Aug 01, 2006 5:08 pm

Thanks Arks will add Bontebok. I think Steenbok are to common.

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Unread postby arks » Tue Aug 01, 2006 5:12 pm

MARK CHOWLES wrote:Thanks Arks will add Bontebok. I think Steenbok are to common.

Agree you see steenbok more often than others, but know that WCNP is trying to keep track of tortoise sightings as they are endangerd — and often victim of speeders in the park :twisted: — so having them also on the pin board will help to raise awareness of them. Besides, they're cute :wink:
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Unread postby WestCoaster » Wed Aug 02, 2006 7:04 am

Hi all;

Seems MARK has generated some vigourous discussion here! You go, dude!

I have sent MARK a PM and we will be taking the detailed arrangements offline in an attempt to get things done quicker.

Steenbok, duiker and ostriches are commonly seen, as are angulate tortoises, and would overfill the pinboard in 5 minutes. But reading what you wrote about roadkills, arks, made me think perhaps we should have a picture of a roadkilled tortoise on a pin for folk to report where they are being killed. This could then be followed up with a concerted campaign of speedtrapping, speedbumps and general education in those areas...? :roll: :roll: :roll: :lol:

Gemsbok, blue wildebeest, porcupine, honey badger and Black Harriers should probably be represented on the pinboard too.

There is even value in doing the same for waders at the birdhides, but lets get this one off the ground first and then we can use the learnings to develop something for the birders...
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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Wed Aug 02, 2006 3:30 pm

Okay here is the final pin board:

- Caracal
- African Wild Cat
- Bat Eared Fox
- Cape Fox
- Bontebok
- Red Hatrebeest
- Mountain Zebra
- Eland
- Honey Badger
- Blue Wildebeest
- Gemsbok

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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sat Aug 05, 2006 3:05 pm

Hi Everyone.

Just to let you know the pin board will be up at Geelbek Info Centre within the next month. :dance:

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Unread postby leopardspotter » Sat Aug 05, 2006 4:26 pm

Hi mark,
That sounds great I'll be visiting the Park again in September so PM me if i can help in any way :)
I just arrived from West Coast, and Postberg now and I'll be sending a trip report shortly, I had a great time (and some good sightings :o )

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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sat Aug 05, 2006 4:39 pm

Hi Leopardspotter.

Nice to know not only me, Arks & WC are not the only ones excited about the pin board.

Will also be in WCNP in September maybe me and you can meet up there. What dates are you there.

WestCoaster & I are meeting with each other and we will be going to WCNP to put it up and do our planning there as much as we can.

If you want to help LS I think you must PM WestCoaster

Thanks :wink:

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Unread postby arks » Sat Aug 05, 2006 5:31 pm

Hey Mark, it's great that you and WC are teaming up to make positive improvements to WCNP. I sure hope something can be done about the speeding on the Langebaan road :twisted: I'm delighted that you are helping to focus more interest on this very special park and your pin board will definitely help visitors know what they should look out for and what they might be lucky enough to see. Keep it up :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sun Aug 06, 2006 10:24 am

Thanks arks. Hope you have great time in the park when you go again :thumbs_up:

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Unread postby leopardspotter » Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:38 am

I agree with Arks this will be a great chance to make people aware of the wildlife in the area. Almost every body (who enjoys wildlife) complain about the amount of road kills and the speeding cars. Maby together with the pin boards we should put up a information posters about speeding cars and the deaths of wildlife it causes along the roads.

I dont think the Geelbeck Restraunt is the ideal place to put up the pin board, rather (or also) the shop and info centre at Taarsbank many of the visitors stop there before carrying on with there drives around the park. The Geelbeck info centre wasn't very nice when I last visited, but WC did say that they will be giving it a much needed revamp.

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Unread postby WestCoaster » Mon Aug 07, 2006 6:59 am

Hi leopardspotter.

The problems with only placing the pin board at Tsaarsbank are as follows:

* The shop is not open every weekday - only Wednesdays when a volunteer can make it and all weekends.
* This means that on a Saturday, we will only have TODAY'S sightings available. Not that this is a huge problem - maybe we can have a one-pager at Tsaarsbank and a two-day board at Geelbek.
* The info centre at Geelbek will be manned all weekend and various days during the week by the Honorary Rangers. We started this last year and it was a big success. Plus there are folk there each day of the week who will be able to maintain the pin board.

Either way, it's food for thought, and we will consider your suggestion.

By the way, the Info Centre revamp is fully underway.
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Unread postby nunu » Mon Aug 07, 2006 4:12 pm

Hi all

I was in the park yesterday too. (My son lost our wildcard whilst we were there -ouch). The flowers were beautiful and so was the weather. The SAN Parks staff were polite and on the ball. As for some of the visitors - wow the speeding was really out of control. When is something going to be done about this - something radical must happen, the speeding cars spoil the whole feeling and experience.

We had a great day, thanks WCNP (P.S. the snakes are out and about already - nearly stood on a little one - fortunately for him I did'nt otherwise he would have been a flat boy!)

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Unread postby arks » Mon Aug 07, 2006 8:08 pm

nunu wrote:... wow the speeding was really out of control. When is something going to be done about this - something radical must happen, the speeding cars spoil the whole feeling and experience.

Something really does need to be done about the speeding, which is worst on the Langebaan road :twisted: It would appear to be people who are just racing to have Sunday lunch at the Geelbek restaurant and have no (other) interest in the park :twisted: :roll: :twisted: What happened to the plans for speedbumps along this road? They are desperately needed!!!

Also seems a shame that so many forumites were in WCNP yesterday, yet none of you connected. You could have had a mini-meet 8) Were none of you flying your yellow ribbon?? The YR isn't only for KNP, it's for all the SANParks :wink:
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Unread postby nunu » Tue Aug 08, 2006 9:01 am

Hi Arks

You are so right - I realised this when I saw Jay had been in the Park :redface:

Hi Mark

We saw bontebok; steenbokkies; eland, ostriches, springbuck, tortoises, lizards, flamingoes, pelicans and a rabbit.

My pal Hennie saw a caracal somewhere between geelbek and the waterhole.


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