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Addo Elephant National Park
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Addo Elephant National Park is celebrating the successful birth of lion cubs, now about 4 months old.
Reacting to concerns raised by residents of Colchester, Alexandria, Boknes and Bushman’s River, Addo Elephant National Park Manager, Lucius Moolman, assured citizens that their rights would not be taken away.
Twelve elephant bulls from the Addo Elephant National Park will be translocated to private game reserves this week in a bid to relieve the elephant bull pressure in the park.
When I was in high school, I attended a careers evening. I arrived at the nature conservation talk full of eagerness and optimism. A huge man marched in to the classroom, belt bulging with a knife and pistol, rifle slung over his shoulder. I wondered if I had mistakenly attended the military service talk.
“Good evening”, he boomed, “I am here to tell you about nature conservation. First of all, if you are a lady, forget about it.” Feeling my heart sink, I listened to the rest of his monologue as he stated that only 11% of students selected for nature conservation would be women and that they would have to “settle for education or research” (the last phrase spoken in a tone usually reserved for cleaning toilets all day, every day).
Media Release: Minister Proclaims New Marine Area for Addo Park & Opens New Camp to Benefit Local Communities
Speaking from the Addo Elephant National Park (AENP) the Minister announced both the addition of the St Croix and Bird Islands to the park, as well as the opening of the new Matyholweni Rest Camp, with local communities set to benefit directly both from the revenue generated, and from the greater influx of tourism to the expanded park.
Twin elephants have been born in the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape. This is only the third time in the history of the park that such an event has been recorded.
Elephant cows usually give birth to one calf after a 22-month gestation period and the occurrence of twins is relatively rare. All three sets of twins have been born into the same family herd, to closely related females.