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 Post subject: Re: Field rangers on bicycles/motor cycles
Unread postPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 6:31 pm 
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Daniel still cycles to Hippo Pools and back..... Last month I saw him on his way back, and we had just passed a breeding herd of ellies. I had a full car or would have offered him a lift. I did the only thing I could - turned round and let him use the car as a shield as we rode past the herd. Then with a cheery wave he said ' they won't catch me now!' and cycled off.

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 Post subject: Re: Field rangers on bicycles/motor cycles
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Saw three guys with semi automatic rifles and red bicycles near Sweni Hide.
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 Post subject: Re: Field rangers on bicycles/motor cycles
Unread postPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 9:03 pm 
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Going back in these posts there is reference to the fact that Daniel needed a new bicycle. Does anyone know if that ever happened?


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 Post subject: Re: Field rangers on bicycles/motor cycles
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Met Daniel in march in the morning on a bicycle
Its either his old or new one but he was on a bicycle

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 Post subject: Re: Field rangers on bicycles/motor cycles
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Yeah let us know re the bikes these guys ride, I'd also love to chip in, they do such an invaluable job, and with passion.
Will try and post pics of Daniel when we met and chatted to him at Hippo pools in Feb this yr when we warned him of lions on the corner of S26 and hippo pools road and he just laughed..... :clap: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Field rangers on bicycles/motor cycles
Unread postPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 6:55 am 
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bert wrote:
Met Daniel in march in the morning on a bicycle
Its either his old or new one but he was on a bicycle


Saw Daniel at Hippo pools earlier this month. The bicycle looks pretty old so I doubt if it is a new one. If you see him have a look at the pump for the tyres .... I hope he never gets a puncture .... the pump looks ancient and I am sure it wont work.

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 Post subject: Re: Field rangers on bicycles/motor cycles
Unread postPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 9:23 am 
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How can you all praise these cyclists and motorbikers for their bravery??

Eh.... It's their work, not for fun...

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 Post subject: Re: Field rangers on bicycles/motor cycles
Unread postPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 10:15 am 
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As DQ says, they use bicycles to do their work.
I must add however, that as far as I know all staff who require a bicycle for work purposes, according to the job description, receive a certain monthly allowance (subsidy) specifically for the purchase and maintenance of a bicycle.
In the same way, a section ranger receives a vehicle subsidy.
Maybe Daniel`s bicycle and pump still work perfectly well and he will in due course get himself a new one!


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 Post subject: Re: Dangerous Encounters at KNP on Bike Rangers?
Unread postPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 12:59 pm 
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In 1984 I saw 2 field rangers on bicycles approaching a pair of courting lions right alongside the Skukuza / L Sabie road I had just been observing not 300m back . The male lion had been quite agitated by the procession of cars stopping and jockeying for the best viewing position and it was time to move off to give someone else a chance to be growled at .
I stopped and told them of the apparent danger , but to them it was all in a days work , I turned the car around and watched as they proceeded to ride up to nearby , they dismounted and walked past while pushing their cycles , not even taking their rifles off their backs to be ready in case of trouble .
I was surprised that the lions were very much otherwise occupied to take exception .

I do remember a tale that I read , I am not sure of the exact details , but here goes (quoting from memory) ...
A field ranger was freewheeling down a road with an incline , the road curved and at the bottom there was a drift , an elephant was standing in the way , now as the rangers bicycle was fitted with back pedal brakes he tried to stop in time , but the chain was a little slack and had come off the sprocket preventing the brakes from being applied .
Apparently the ranger collided with the unsuspecting elephant who got a large enough fright to send him careering off into the bushes .

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 Post subject: Re: Dangerous Encounters at KNP on Bike Rangers?
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your story reminded of of a simular one I heard from a Rangers son, also involving two Bike rangers who went down an incline, chatting away. At the bottom however were some lions taking an afternoon nap. The two rangers casually rang their bicycle bells and the lions politely made way for them to pass. :big_eyes:


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 Post subject: Re: Dangerous Encounters at KNP on Bike Rangers?
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These rangers are a different breed. Very very brave.

:clap: :clap: These goes to all the rangers. :clap: :clap:

And thank you to all for your contribution in sharing stories about brave rangers. :thumbs_up:
They are indeed women & men of Honor. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Dangerous Encounters at KNP on Bike Rangers?
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Is this thread only for bike rangers? I've come across foot rangers on my second last trip to the Kruger. They were in pairs stationed about 2kms apart from each other on the lookout for poachers. It was around the Talamti camp area. I was extremely proud of them and stopped at each group I saw to give them a drink. It was just great.
:clap: :clap: :clap: Congratulations to all the Rangers, you guys really ARE malking a difference. :clap: :clap: :clap: :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Dangerous Encounters at KNP on Bike Rangers?
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:wall: Forgot to mention in my post that the selection process for these guys are really tough - I believe they must be able to run faster than a cheetah at full speed , be able to lay down more quietly than a tarentaal chick in the bush , stay on a bicycle beter than an oxpecker on a buffalo's back , shoot with greater accuracy than a spitting cobra , see beter than a Cape Vulture , hear beter than a Giant Eagle Owl and , on the odd occasions that they do have to take flight , they must hold in like Black Rhinos untill they reach designated ablutionblocks , and all the time while they are running be able to make like a
Praying Mantis :pray: !!!


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 Post subject: Why a bicycle?
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Other than being cheap, why do the game scouts use a bicycle?

You won't find a military unit on a bicycle now, would you? So why would you put a game scout on a bicycle?

1. Tracking is better done on foot.
2. You cannot really go off the roads with it
3. It does not offer the greatest speed.
4. You cannot carry a helluve lot on it.
5. It's not the safest in Big 5 country

I believe there are better alternatives


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 Post subject: Re: Why a bicycle?
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:06 am 
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Bush Happy... you answered your own question... it is cheap. :wink:

I know of a ranger around Tshokwane (wont mention his name) that gets on his bicycle every morning at 5 am, rides past various Lion prides and Elephants all the way down the gravel road, turns on the generator that provides the power for the Tshokwane picnic spot, rides all the way back and then starts with his daily duties, only to come back at around 5pm in the afternoon to do the same trip again.. He has been doing this for 45 years.

One interesting thing that I found out about this particular story was that he said that when he came across a Lion pride, he would get off and casually walk past the lions untill he is past them and then only get on his bike again. Lions like chasing things :lol:


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