Guys as far as I know there were the following attacks by leopards on people:
1. Staff lady killed in the Skuks staff village,
2. Guide attacked on the high level bridge on Eloff street (road between Skuks and LS,
3. Guide attacked at Nyamundwa dam,
All of which happened some time ago
Then there was a leopard shot at Afsaal recently as it harassed guests there, the story goes that with the post mortem it was found to have a disposable diaper in the stomach so it was permanently hungry,
Leopard sighting at Afsaal 2 / 3 weeks ago where the leopard came out of the gully to the south of picnic spot as described above.
Then I also know of the following incidents;
1. a guy getting killed by a lion at Phalaborwa gate - he apparently tried slipping into the Park by not paying conservation fees and jumping over the fence,
2. People in car attacked by elephant on the Phalaborwa gate road,
3. People in Uno attacked by Rhino after bumping into a Rhino on Eloff street, Rhino OK,
4. Private guy hitting and killing Impala on the Napi (road between PK and Skuks),
5. Rhino attacking Parks board vehicle on H10 (road between LS and Thokwane), after PBV bumped into it, Rhino OK,
6. Ranger killed by elephants at Stolsnek,
7. Thousands of snakes, tortoises, squirrels, francolins, cameleons and hornbills killed on a weekly basis throughout the Park because of speeding, people watching the bush and forgetting the road, people looking for the big stuff on the side and forgetting about the small stuff.
8. Rhinos killed at BND by Ranger for their horns, he was jailed and has escaped and is still at large.
9. Staff members in Skuks beats Impalas to death.
Hi @Large and Forumites
Your post is almost correct ... so I'll take them one by one:
1 - Kotie de Beer was taken by a leopard while jogging in the Skukuza Staff village a few years ago. This was a very sad incident and there is a plaque on the spot where she breathed her last breath. Lets show a bit of respect for her memory and widower and not sensationalise this?
2 - I still cannot find any report of this, so I also assume this is confused with the Berg en Dal incident? ... (but I could, of course be wrong)
3 - Not sure about Nyamundwa Dam either (again I could be wrong). I do know a guide from an OSV company who was attacked by a leopard at Nsemani Dam near Satara. He was bitten on the leg - this as in 2003.
1 - The unfortunate incident at Phalaborwa Entrance Gate, the man was hanging around (loitering) the gate at around closing time. Just as the guards at the gate closed the gate, he ran through and out into the bush. The guards tried to catch him but - as the Mopani bush was very dense at that time of the year - he managed to slip away. The rangers were called in and also looked for him, but gave up their search when it became dangerous for them too. His remains were found the next morning. We have information that he was a psychiatric patient, so I don't think he was trying to slip in without paying, rather listening to the voices in his head ...
2 - The elephant attack near Phalaborwa Entrance Gate was unfortunate but could perhaps have been avoided. This bull has got quite a reputation for "irritating" tourists and he has given both myself and my superior William (also on the forum) a rev or two over the years. I understand that it was this particular family's first visit to Kruger and they turned off their car when the bull walked towards them. No one was injured ...
3 - Quite a few of these "bumping" incidents are not reported to management, the people involved just drive out of the park and have their vehicles panelbeated back into shape. So I am afraid I don't have any info on this one either ... (but I can see it happening - just imagine the rhino thinking "come hither little red one ..."
4 - Regarding the totally unnecessary killing of our wildlife, I just wish people who witness these events would report this sort of behaviour to the KNP Emergency Call Centre ...
5 - "Parks Board Vehicle" - who is that? Our organisation is called SANParks!!!! An off duty staff member from Satara did indeed hit a rhino on that road a while back. He was also late - coming home from Mozambique - and didn't have a late permit either. He appeared before a disciplinary hearing and was fired. On appeal, it was decided to retract the decision as it was his first Code of Conduct offence and for the simple reason that he did report the incident to the Tshokwane Section Ranger.
6 - Field Ranger Corporal Ndlovu's tragic death affected each and every one of us in different ways. We have not only lost a colleague, but Stolsnek Section Ranger Post has lost one of its most valuable people. Again, perhaps a little sensitivity to his family and respect to his memory? He was doing his job, on patrol, looking for poachers when the elephant attacked.
7 - We quite agree with this totally unnecessary killing and I agree with you ... people must look where they are going!!! (see point 4).
8 - The field guides (NOT RANGERS!!!) in question have both been fired. One did escape but was rearrested by CIS and SAPS in Namakgale shortly after he escaped. During the arrest, he tried to escape again and was shot in the leg by the SAPS. Incidentally, they were positively linked to two rhino carcasses, one near Skukuza and the other one near Berg en Dal.
9 - The general workers that killed the impalas at the laundry complex in Skukuza have ALL been fired! They have all been tried and sentenced. Beeld newspaper carried the story on 28 February 2007 (page 7).