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Honorary Rangers Contribute R12 Million To National Parks

Date: 2008-07-01

From January 1 to December 31 last year, the Honorary Ranger’s (HR) corps contributed more than R12 million to the coffers of SANParks. This is 11 percent more than 2006. About R4 million is made up of ‘indirect’ costs that are incurred when HRs stay in the parks while performing duties or working on projects. Janssen Davies, chairman of the HR, also highlighted other milestones for the year in his report presented at the annual general meeting (AGM) which was held at Berg-en-Dal in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on May 24, 2008.

National Quiz winners

Date: 2008-06-24

Once again, as it has happened in the past, the Honorary Rangers National Quiz team have walked away with the accolades. The quiz was held between two HR teams and two teams from SANParks.

West Rand Honorary Rangers Birding Weekend Booking Opens 18 June, 2008

Date: 2008-06-18

Attention all birders! Booking opens on 18 June 2008 for the ever popular Kruger Park Birding Weekend which will be hosted by West Rand Honorary Rangers at the end of January / beginning February 2009.

Honorary Rangers’ Region Of The Year Award

Date: 2008-06-11

The year 2007 was a very good year for the members of the Bushveld region, it saw them winning the Honorary Rangers’ Region of the Year Award and SANParks Kudu Award.

Honorary Rangers Combined Forces And Held A Display At Mkhuhlu Plaza Near Hazyview In Mpumalanga.

Date: 2008-06-11

During late May 2008, the Honorary Ranger's National Project team for Public Environmental Awareness Program (PEAP), together with People and Conservation at Skukuza combined forces. They held a joint display at the Mkhuhlu Plaza near Hazyview in Mpumalanga.

Beginner's Birding Course in Kruger National Park

Date: 2008-04-14

The West Rand Honorary Rangers are proud to present their inaugral Beginner's Birding Course in Kruger National Park in October 2008. The event will be run along similar lines to the region's very successful Kruger Birding Weekend, which is held in January each year, and sponsored by SASOL.

Hard Labour for the HRs at Tankwa Karoo National Park

Date: 2008-03-28

The Boland Honorary Rangers (HRs) adopted the little-known Tankwa-Karoo National Park early in 2007. The park is found in one of the most starkly beautiful areas in South Africa. To get there you take the road which winds from Ceres in a north-westerly direction to Calvinia...

Bankenveld Events 2008

Date: 2008-02-27

Please find herewith Bankenveld's planned events for 2008.

Cricket@Skukuza 2008

Date: 2008-02-26

The beautiful Kruger landscape is home to an amazing array of fauna, flora, and, on occasion, cricketers! The cricket oval near Skukuza is a hidden gem, carefully maintained in amidst the Kruger bushveld. The players? An assorted bunch of Scientists, Rangers, Field Guides and community members from Skukuza, the Northern Region and the SANParks online forum, who will be playing cricket to raise funds for SANParks!

HR NEC and Chairpersons Meet in GGHNP

Date: 2008-02-21

On Friday 15 February the Honorary Rangers National Executive Committee met in one of South Africa’s most spectacular parks, the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The Chairpersons from the various regions met there on Saturday 16 February.

Bankenveld Honorary Rangers Honour Friends

Date: 2008-02-12

Bankenveld Honorary Rangers held their annual year-end meeting on a beautiful Saturday morning at Knopberg, the property of Iaan van der Walt in the Vredefort Dome.

Media Release: Addo Elephant National Park Golf Day

Date: 2008-01-25

The Honorary Rangers of the Addo Elephant National Park are organising their 3rd annual golf day on 6 June 2008 at Humewood Golf Club in Port Elizabeth. All funds raised will assist towards the further improvement of facilities and conservation support work at the Addo Elephant National Park, the prime tourism destination in the Eastern Cape.

Karoo Honorary Rangers Host 2008 Birding Weekend

Date: 2008-01-25

Based on the success of their inaugral birding weekend last year, the Karoo Honorary Rangers have decided that the birding weekend will become an annual event, with the support of Karoo National Park management. They are excited to announce that their next birding weekend will take place from the 18th to the 20th April 2008.

Bookings Open for GHNP Big Birding Day 2008

Date: 2008-01-24

Bookings are open for the Golden Gate Highlands National Park (GHNP) Big Birding day that will run from the 18-20 April 2008.

GPS Technology for Namaqua National Park

Date: 2008-01-24

iKAPA Honorary Rangers Eileen and Paul van Helden donated 4 global positioning system units (etrex Garmin GPS) to Namaqua National Park manager Bernard van Lente on 11 January 2008. These small units are about the size of a thick cell phone and are extremely robust and user friendly.

Christmas Carols at WCNP

Date: 2008-01-18

The West Coast National Park’s Honorary Rangers presented a Christmas celebration late last year on 16 December in the wedding marquee at Geelbek. “Christmas Carols On The Lawn” commenced at 17h30 and all the locals who joined the West Coast Honorary Rangers for this picnic celebration were allowed into the park free of charge from 16h30 with their picnic baskets and blankets.

The Pelican Challenge on the West Coast

Date: 2008-01-11

The near-threatened Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) is arguably the largest fish-eating seabird endemic to the South African West Coast. It can be recognised in flight by its huge wingspan, S-shaped neck, long beak, its penchant for soaring in thermals and for flying in formation. Some call it the Jumbo Jet of the birds.

Draft Indaba Programme 2008

Date: 2007-12-22

Please find herewith the draft Honorary Ranger 2008 Indaba Programme. The Indaba will be held at Berg en Dal Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park

New Doors for the Letaba Elephant Hall

Date: 2007-12-20

After many months the doors to the Elephant Hall in Letaba Rest Camp have been replaced through the combined efforts of the Bushveld Region Honorary Rangers, People and Conservation's Kirsty Redman, and the many members of the public who donated money to this worthy cause.

KZN Honorary Rangers Take Conservation to Kids

Date: 2007-12-04

October saw enthusiastic interaction with the public by an active group of KZN Honorary Rangers. Under the banner of the Public Education and Awareness Project (PEAP), and ably assisted by PEAP Chairperson Alison Esterhuysen, exhibitions were held at the Liberty Mall shopping centre in Pietermaritzburg as well as Morningside Primary School and Durban Preparatory High School (DPHS) in Durban.

Kgalagadi to Augrabies Extreme Marathon

Date: 2007-11-14

The Kalahari to Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM) of 252 kms recently took place over 7 days (including a mandatory rest day). The tone was set from the very first day when the 34 extreme athletes from 9 countries set off in temperatures that steadily climbed to 46 degrees celcius.

West Coast NP Cycle Tour 2007

Date: 2007-11-14

The annual West Coast National Park Cycle Tour, organised by the West Coast Honorary Rangers, will take place on the 15th December 2007. The park is closed to vehicles for the race, which means no traffic, no pollution-just you and your bike at one with nature. You can choose to complete a fun ride of 30kms or the full ride of 80 kms.

Tree Tagging in KNP

Date: 2007-11-08

Members of the Bushveld Region Honorary Rangers recently completed a project to identify and mark (tag) trees in the Northern (Nxantseni) region of KNP.

Junior Honorary Rangers Training in Skukuza

Date: 2007-11-07

Local young conservationists got the chance to go “behind the scenes” in Skukuza, Kruger National Park, as part of their training as Junior Honorary Rangers (JHR). The group of 12-18 year old learners from Malelane, Nelspruit and White River spent a weekend learning more about how science and monitoring go a long way in helping our understanding of how the environment functions.

HR Game Ranger Support Services Thanked

Date: 2007-11-05

Please find below a scanned copy of a letter of thanks, sent to the Honorary Ranger Counter Poaching Unit, from the Chairperson of the SANParks Board, Cheryl Carolus.

2008 Sunset Serenade

Date: 2007-11-05

The Honorary Rangers of the Counter Poaching & Ranger Support Services Unit of South African National Parks, invite you to join us for an extended weekend of music near Letaba Rest Camp in Kruger National Park

The Conservation Bug Bites

Date: 2007-10-26

Recently, the Junior Honorary Rangers (JHRs) were asked to assist with the annual ostrich (Struthio camelus) relocation program in West Coast National Park. This is a regular feature in the Park as the ostriches multiply prolifically and predation is minimal in the protected Reserve, resulting in an annual surplus of young birds.

Sasol Birding Bonanza: Addo Elephant National Park

Date: 2007-10-09

The Addo Elephant National Park must be one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the Eastern Cape. There are five biomes to be found, from the estuary to the top of the Zuurberg Mountain and on to the freshwater lake in the Karoo. As a result the birding is fantastic with over 400 species, which makes this a birding paradise...

iKapa Region HRs Exhibit at Cape Outdoor Expo

Date: 2007-10-04

iKapa Honorary Rangers had a stand at the recently held Cape Outdoor Expo at the wine estate Bien Donne in Franschoek...

Kruger Rangers Get Equipment

Date: 2007-09-11

The Kruger National Park (KNP) Executive Director Dr Bandile Mkhize today (Tuesday September 11, 2007) accepted R428 000-worth of donated equipment on behalf of the park’s 300-strong Ranger Corps from the SANParks Honorary Rangers.

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