While the idea of no fences in KNP is a wonderful one, it is completely impractical.
KNP is meant to be a family vacation where kids can join there parents on an incredible learning experience, similarly it is meant to be a relaxing holiday for parents too.
This would not be possible if there weren't fences, firstly, prices would have to increase dramatically to factor things like daycare staff (to look after kids when folks are napping in the afternoon); insurance liabilities (a man was driving along the highway next to our farm and hit a Kudu and wrote off his car, he then proceeded to try and sue us???
Now imagine the type of problems which could occur in KNP), etc., etc.
There are many reserves which cater for people over 12 who can get personal attention so that they can be given the chance to connect with nature, but this takes a special kind of staff and a small scale camp, doing it in KNP would mean very high fees which would make it inaccessible to the average South African and that is main social obligation of SANParks!
I also don't think that it's fair to assume that SANParks destroys all animals that enter camps, I'm sure that most individuals do not enjoy destroying animals, despite what some people have been implying in other threads.
In fact, there was once a leopard lying in front of our chalet in Biyamiti when we came outside one morning, we reported it to management and they chased it out and said to look out for it, as it comes in often.
There have also been a few ellies in various camps over the years during our visits, were they destroyed, no, but if there was probable cause then they might have been!
We don't hear about all the big game that enters camps, we only hear about the problem animals, surely if the management didn't know what they were doing they would have shot all these other animals too?
It is very easy to judge an organisation by what is visible (and bad news sells) and not by all the behind the scenes functioning of the whole system, especially in a place like Kruger!
So, nature versus humans...
Unfortunately due to the extent of our development in the world, nature (wild animals) cannot exist without humans and not just any humans, custodians of nature like most of the staff employed by SANParks, not the maintenance workers, tellers, hospitality managers or receptionists, but rather the game rangers, guides, concession rangers, ecologists, vets and zoologists,
I think we're losing sight as to how many of these people are involved in protecting the thousands of animals in the parks and focusing on the few people who aren't usually involved directly with the animals!
The whole earth is one huge complex system, and in the past humans could not survive without nature (natural resources - food, oil, etc.), unfortunately with an increase in technology and development the roles are slowly reversing and soon nature (and I don't mean this in a large scale sense, but rather at a species level) is not going to be able to survive without the proper management and intervention by humans.
So I don't think there is such a thing as either nature OR humans surviving, I think it takes a balance where human involvement conserves nature![ Post made via Mobile Device ]