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Junior Honorary Rangers at West Coast National Park

Date: 2007-01-16

On Saturday 16 December, the Annual Honorary Rangers Cycle Race was held in the scenic West Coast National Park. Riders came from all over SA to complete either the 80km main race, the 30km short race or the 5km fun ride. The park was closed to vehicular traffic for the time-trial duration.

Honorary Rangers Climb the Mountain

Date: 2006-11-03

The iKapa Honorary Rangers recently completed a training exercise on Table Mountain, using a route less travelled, and discovering some of the interetsing history of the area...

Puffadder Rescue

Date: 2006-11-03

iKapa Honorary Ranger and Volunteer Wild Fire Services  Fire Fighter Ruedi Siegenthaler saved a puffadder from certain death last Friday night  (27 October) whilst fighting a fire on Devils Peak. The snake was spotted in the middle of a burned area and would have surely perished if not spotted, and taken to safety...

Autumn Sunset Serenade

Date: 2006-10-31

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, a beautifully shaded camp in the Kruger Park, from 9th May, departing on 13th May 2007

HR's Addo Golf Day a Success!

Date: 2006-10-26

The Honorary Ranger’s of the Addo region held their annual golf day on the the 11th August 2006 at the Humewood Golf Course.

AITG Distributes Computers to SANParks, Schools and HR Users

Date: 2006-10-19

When Siemens South Africa decided to upgrade their own computers, they offered their used computers (Pentium 2's) to the Alien Invader Task Group (AITG) of the Honorary Rangers...

Honorary Ranger NEC and Chairpersons Meet at West Coast

Date: 2006-10-18

Honoray Ranger National Executive Committee and Chairpersons' meetings usually take place in Gauteng because of the large number of regions in this part of the country. However, at the persistent invitation from the West Coast region of HR’s, the meeting took place in this beautiful park from the 14 to 17 September.

Kgalagadi Wilderness Experience...

Date: 2006-10-17

Where the red dunes and scrub fade into infinity and herds of gemsbok, springbok, eland and blue wildebeest follow the seasons, where imposing camel thorns provide shade for huge black-maned lions, and vantage points for leopard and raptors...Welcome to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Wilderness Experience...

Solar Systems and Windmills in the KTP

Date: 2006-10-16

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) has long been associated with the tall windmills at each waterhole in the park. However, over the past few years, some of these windmills have been replaced by unobtrusive solar systems, making good use of the abundant sun energy that is so freely available in the Kalahari and reducing the manpower needed for the heavy maintenance of the windmills.

KZN HRs Funding New Hide at GG, (one putt at a time...)

Date: 2006-10-11

The SANParks (South African National Parks) Honorary Rangers of KZNatal held their annual golf day at the Maritzburg Country Club recently...

The PEAP Cape Roadshow

Date: 2006-09-06

PEAP (Public Education and Awareness Project) was founded by 3 of the Gauteng based Honorary Rangers (2 from Johannesburg region and one from West Rand). Their committee has been joined by an HR from Pretoria region. Most of their exhibitions and school visits have been within Gauteng and there is more than enough scope to keep them busy...

iKapa Honorary Rangers donate wheelchair to Boulders

Date: 2006-09-06

Boulders Beach –Table Mountain National Park– is one of SANParks’ best universally accessible destinations. The wide boardwalk takes all visitors, mobile and dependent on wheelchairs, right down to Foxy Beach and allows marvelous close-up views of the scores of African Penguins that call this place home.

Accommodation donation for Kruger’s Veterinary Wildlife Services

Date: 2006-09-04

Monday the 28th of August, 2006 was a special day for the Veterinary Wildlife Services (VWS) in Kruger National Park.  It was a day that accommodation in Skukuza Staff Village was handed over to the park by the donor Thubelisha Homes in a deal brokered by the Honorary Rangers VWS National Project...

Public Judging of the SANParks Writing Competition begins...

Date: 2006-08-30

We have received a wonderful selection of quality entries for our inaugral SANParks writing competition. Thank-you to everyone who has made the effort to make this competition a success. However, your job is not done... the public judging of the competition begins today, Monday 4 September 2006, and continues until the 5 October. We are inviting all members of the public, SANParks staff members, competition entrants and their family and friends to assist us in the public judging process...

Looking to the Future

Date: 2006-08-22

The Honorary Rangers of the Free State Region are thinking about the future. They realise that if they want to continue to contribute meaningfully towards the conservation of our natural heritage, they need to focus their efforts on the youth of their region, and mentor the next generation of conservationists...

Grey Rhebok Released into West Coast National Park

Date: 2006-08-18

About two years ago, the former Park Manager of West Coast National Park approached the Honorary Rangers of the West Coast Region to start a project to relocate a breeding herd of Grey Rhebuck (Pelea capreolus) to the Park. The SANParks structure had been unable to offer an acceptable source for these animals and so the HR's used their wide contact base to find someone in the privare sector... Little did they know then what a thrilling and exciting project this would turn out to be!

Exhibitors brave the cold to promote SANParks

Date: 2006-08-15

The latest Gauteng Shopping Centre display by the Honorary Rangers took place at Elardus Park Shopping Centre in Pretoria from Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th of August. It was a tricky display as for the first time with the numerous shopping centre displays done in the past, the location was an outdoor one.

Raising Money with Music!

Date: 2006-08-11

For the past 2 years, the Johannesburg Honorary Rangers have been able to sell a night at the Barnyard Theatre in Broadacres. The profit from these entertaining nights goes towards valuable conservation projects in SANParks...

Wild About Wildlife Golf Challenge

Date: 2006-08-10

It’s time to emerge from winter hibernation, haul out your golf clubs, and set your wild side free as we celebrate the 2006 Pretoria Region’s annual Golf Challenge. This year’s Wild About Wildlife challenge will be held at the Silver Lakes Golf Club on Thursday, 5th October 2006...

Karoo Golf Day

Date: 2006-08-04

This is an ideal opportunity for companies, individuals and golfers in general to come to Beaufort West for an enjoyable weekend on the golf course. Its a great way to build team spirit and relax in the wide open spaces of the Karoo National park, which has accommodation specials running for the event. 

Getting Wet at Marakele...

Date: 2006-07-28

There is a lush and vibrant waterhole in the Kwaggasvlakte section of Marakele National Park. The area is characterized by sweet-veld, acacia thornveld and combretum woodland. The rich habitat diversity within a small area attracts plentiful wildlife. It’s hard to believe that there is no natural, permanent water supply to the area...

Wilderness Craft Market Turns 10

Date: 2006-07-26

This year is the tenth anniversary of the Wilderness Craft Market, hosted in the Wilderness National Park on the banks of the Touw River. The market is fundraising inititaive started by the Southern Cape region's Honorary Rangers.

Golf Day Invitation

Date: 2006-07-25

The Johannesburg region Honorary Rangers are hosting thier annual Golf Day on the 29 September 2006 at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. Funds raised go towards environmental education, Ranger Support Services, Vetenirary Wildlife Services alien plant elimination and upgrades of tourist facilities. See attached form...

New 20-seater Bus for SANParks

Date: 2006-07-13

The West Coast Region of Honorary Rangers yesterday formally handed over a brand new 20-seater Mercedes Benz bus to SANParks at West Coast National Park. The bus will be used to support the parks youth outreach efforts. Says Park Manager Xola Mkefe "Three and a half thousand kids visit our parks as part of eco-educational programmes, and that does not include the 500 kids from the 'kids in the park' programme. Many of these kids have no way of exploring the 30 000 hectare park"...

Addo Elephant National Park Honorary Rangers Annual Golf Day

Date: 2006-07-11

The Honorary Rangers of the Addo Elephant National Park (AENP) are once again organising their Annual Golf Day. This year it will be held on Friday the 11 August at the Humewood Golf Club.

Flight for Beginners: A Bird Identification Course

Date: 2006-07-10

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July 2006, an exciting new introductory birding course is being offered on the West Coast, as part of the continuing efforts of the West Coast Honorary Rangers.

Inaugral GG Big Birding Weekend

Date: 2006-06-28

Golden Gate Highlands National Park will be hosting its first ever Big Birding Weekend in November 2006. The weekend is the result of collaboration between the park and the Honorary Rangers from the Free State, Vaaldriehoek and Bankenveld Regions.

Kruger Names: A Different Journey Through the KNP

Date: 2006-06-28

Did you know that 'Punda Maria' was so-named in 1919 and comes from the KiSwahili name "Punda milia"? This literally means "striped donkey". A Zebra was the fist animal that Ranger JJ Coetzer saw when he arrived in the area from East Africa. He combined the "Punda" with the name of his wife, "Maria"...and although there is no record of what either the Zebra or his wife thought of this odd coupling, the book:“ A Dictionary of Kruger National Park Place Names” holds many fascinating insights into KNP names...

Site Updates

Date: 2006-06-26

Please note that updates to the HR site will continue soon. Please read this short message from the web content editor...

Anti-Poaching Exhibit 16 June 2006

Date: 2006-06-13

"We stage exhibitions about poaching because poaching potentially drives certain species to extinction, jeopardises our natural heritage, and in turn damages an industry which has the potential to fight povery and uplift our country" says Louis Lemmer, commenting on the counter-poaching efforts of the Petoria Region Honorary Rangers.

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