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Re: Donating your old binoculars

Unread postby Elsa » Sun Nov 16, 2008 6:51 pm

Thanks for the advice Sara,

Ratpackers is also a very good idea. :D
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Re: Donating your old binoculars

Unread postby Dave Heard » Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:33 pm

Having read the diverse views expressed on the question of Taxis conveying people on KNP visits I can already hear the objections to this thought. Oh well i'll put it forward anyway! :)
- Gate Reception holds a stock of Donated binoculars;
- When a Taxi enters the Park the driver can ask if binoculars are available;
- If entry has been pre-booked a request could be made then;
- Loan can only be on the basis that the vehicle will exit at the same Gate;
- Each pair will require a tamper-proof ID tag to enable control;
- The Driver signs for the Binos per their individual ID (and receives a copy of the receipt) and has to leave his Driving Licence or ID to ensure they are returned on exit;
- The control document (receipt) will need to reflect Vehicle registration and form of security received (Driver Licence/ID);
- A maximum loan number will have to be set based on the number of passengers, e.g one pair per 3/4/5? passengers, sharing is better than nothing!;
- The Driver's copy of the receipt is handed back with the Binos, his ID/Licence is returned to him.
- The Binos are checked backed into Stock against the Original of the receipt;
- A periodic verification of Binos held against those allocated to the Gate will need to be undertaken;

The above ideas will obviously need review/refinement by the Park and are only an off the top-of-head starting point but as we all know a pair of binoculars adds substantially to the Kruger Experience.

What do you think?
Can it work?
Is it worth an experiment at one of the Gates?

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Re: Donating your old binoculars

Unread postby JDW » Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:35 pm

Dave
The idea of donating unwanted binos is not to provide them to tourists most of whom are more than able to provide for themselfs.

The aim is to give a leg up to those less fortunate as us who are employed or act as volunteers within the park or local communities. They may be guides or just people doing good deeds for their communities particularly those involved with youth work. Many of them are trying very hard to make their way in the world.

Your suggestion is really a commercial issue ie hire equipment for visiters to the Parks. I feel sure that SANParks would not wish to become involved in something like this which would be impossible to manage properly.

Thank you very much for your thoughts. Perhaps there is someone out there who may look at it as a commercial venture with some of the proceeds going to support the parks.

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Re: Donating your old binoculars

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:06 pm

Hi JDW - I read Dave's idea as a non commercial idea. More to pool used binocs so those entering in taxi's would also benefit (as those the used binocs go to in the Park)?

Take a bus of kids from the surrounding community on their first visit to Kruger. Binocs could really enhance the experience.
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Re: Donating your old binoculars

Unread postby bert » Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:58 pm

Believe, if this is done on a no pay base, it could work
Its common practice in many nature reserves in The Netherlands where a
formal education center is attached.
Some even loan weather proof boots.

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Re: Donating your old binoculars

Unread postby JDW » Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:51 pm

DinkyBird & Bert
I also read it as a no pay base, however I don't believe that operating this type of scheme from entry gates is a viable one. The administration would be a nightmare.

I think a pool of equipment, of not only binos but also digital cameras etc held by an educational centre attached to a park (or a camp within one of the parks) is a great idea.
This equipment could be issued to pre-booked parties of youngsters visiting whether its their first or subsequent visit. How many times they visit should make no difference. I can see it would be of great benefit and may be something that SANParks would like to get formally involved with.

It is most certainly something that I would like to contribute equipment to.
I understand that Addo is shortly to open an education centre this may be an ideal opportunity to get in at the beginning.

Perhaps Addo Elephant could comment

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Re: Donating your old binoculars

Unread postby AFRICAT » Tue Jan 06, 2009 5:31 pm

Sent my old binocs to Stark yesterday to take with him on his trip in Feb. Make good use of them, as they have a lot of stories and sightings in their bosom.

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Re: Donating your old binoculars

Unread postby Baffers » Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:51 am

Bosom? I wish my binoculars had bosoms... Man i would sell a lot of those...

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Re: Donating your old binoculars

Unread postby AFRICAT » Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:46 pm

Baffers....most words have more than one meaning, you naughty boy.
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Re: Donating your old binoculars - Any Decision made?

Unread postby Dave Heard » Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:58 am

Will be in Kruger once more at the end of May and wondered whether this idea has progressed and if so what has been decided/recommended.

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Re: Donating your old binoculars

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:02 am

Hi Dave,

Binocs are on the list of items needed for the rangers under the Conservation Support Project, which is run by Sandra MacFadyen. Perhaps she could recommend whom needs binos?
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Re: Donating your old binoculars

Unread postby anne-marie » Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:19 pm

I have a 8x21 binoculars to give (not the best... but...)
and a Nikon Coolpix 4300 (not IS :? ) compact camera (with 2 batteries and charger)
I will be in September at Kgalagadi and in October in Kruger... do you know wich people need one ?
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Re: Donating your old binoculars

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:35 am

DinkyBird wrote:Hi Dave,

Binocs are on the list of items needed for the rangers under the Conservation Support Project, which is run by Sandra MacFadyen. Perhaps she could recommend whom needs binos?


Happy easter to you all.
Managed to get (FREE!) a new pair of Nikon 10x25 binoculars to donate to Kruger, small and ideal for walks.
Would like to leave them to one of the guides in need. Can you help with a direct contact with Sandra?

Thanks for you help.
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Re: Donating your old binoculars

Unread postby gmlsmit » Sun Apr 12, 2009 3:28 pm

I have donated some pairs of old binoculars to the Rangers specifically for the APU.

Have a look at the Honorary Ranger displays at Skukuza and Lower Sabie, where they handle the H R Anti Poaching displays, the HR on duty will gladly accept any such donation.

Anyone who needs the name of a contact can send me a PM and I will gladly respond. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Donating your old binoculars

Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Apr 12, 2009 4:02 pm

gmlsmit wrote:Have a look at the Honorary Ranger displays at Skukuza and Lower Sabie, where they handle the H R Anti Poaching displays, the HR on duty will gladly accept any such donation.
:thumbs_up: for binoculars
and for camera :|
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