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 Post subject: Colchester issue
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:54 pm 
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I put this post into the 'Ellies cross the road' forum, but there were no replies. I am really concerned, so decided to start a new topic so we can get some action:

I live in Cannonville (Colchester) and go to the municipal tip regularly. The guys working there have told me they have seen Zebra and Hartebeest along the fence, which is over the hill from the entrance to Mathyolweni, opposite the informal settlement, which is utterly awesome! Wildlife on my doorstep. The only thing that angered me was when they told me that the children in the informal settlement are teasing the animals and throwing stones at them. Perhaps we need some education in this regard, Sanparks? I thought maybe a community day where we can teach the kids more about the wildlife and instil the same appreciation in them.

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 Post subject: Re: COLCHESTER ISSUE
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:44 pm 
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Hi Jenismithies :D
This is indeed cause for concern :x . IMHO I would try to contact the Addo HR's to see if they can do anything or at least be made aware of your information and suggestion. Their contact page is here or post your suggestion under the suggestions to HR's thread here or failing that pm a mod to point you in the right direction. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: COLCHESTER ISSUE
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Hi jenismithies,
Apologies for the delay in responding to you and thank you for bringing this to our attention.

I have passed the information on to the Section ranger in charge of that area and Conservation Manager. The rangers will be keeping an eye out for this. I've also communicated it to our People & conservation staff who have various environmental education programmes running with local communities. I'm sure they can focus on the issue with the relevant schools too.

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 Post subject: Re: COLCHESTER ISSUE
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:54 pm 
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Hi Megan
Sorry for late reply, been offline for a while. Thanks so much for the report back on action taken. I hate to think that the animals will avoid this area due to the lack of knowledge in these kids. They are sweet children actually, they just don't know any better and a bit of education, I truly believe, will make all the difference. I haven't seen any animals personally against the fence in that area, but I am assured by various workers at the tip that they have been there and continue to appear from time to time. A good laugh - I asked about lions and the one guys answered 'Ek's nie bang nie - ek moet net vinniger hardloop as die ou langs my!' I thought that was priceless.

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