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The Nxanatseni region of the Kruger National Park recently held its annual long service awards at the Shingwedzi Rest Camp. These awards are designed to honour those staff members who have given dedicated service to the South African National Parks over interval periods of 5 years (5; 10; 15; 20; 25; 30; 35)
With fresh faces and new uniforms, the 2008 intake of 18 Conservation Diploma Students joined the ranks of SANParks staff in January this year. Each year the Kruger National Park (KNP) hosts conservation diploma students from various learning institutions around the country for a year of “experiential training”.
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!
Media Release: SANParks Responds to Minister's Announcement on Norms & Standards for Elephant Management
The Chief Executive of South African National Parks (SANParks), Dr David Mabunda, announced today that South African National Parks (SANParks) welcomes the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk's, announcement of the Norms and Standards for the Management of Elephants in National Parks and other protected areas.
Congratulations are due to all the staff from both Conservation and Scientific Services who received acknowledgement for their long service to SANParks in the Kruger National Park. The combined long service award ceremony was held on Friday 8 February 2008 at the Skukuza Golf Club in the Kruger National Park.
First appointed to SANParks in February 1973 as a general worker, Johan Sithole began his long and productive career at Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park. In November 1973 Johan was transferred to the north of Kruger to Mooiplaas section.
Water is a limited resource that people all around the world have to share. Discussions around this complex issue were the subject of a workshop entitled “Dynamics of Institutions in Water Resource Management” which was held from the 9th to 11th January 2008 at the Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity (CSID) at Arizona State University, USA.
The Sycamore Fig (Ficus sycomorus) is a tall, distinctive tree with a yellowish bark and fluted stem that we see growing along the rivers in the Kruger National Park. This spectacular tree is home to a host of insects, reptiles, rodents and birds – many of which we will never see. The feast of figs it produces all year round is a source of food for all the savanna inhabitants from monkeys in the branches to impala and warthog eating the fallen fruit on the ground. But how many of us are aware of the intricate web of life surrounding these figs that hang so abundantly from the branches of the tree?
How water moves through the landscape affects both the vegetation and the animals living there. Water in the environment is very diverse and we often just think of flowing rivers and streams, but there is more to this dynamic than meets the eye.
Barcoding is no longer a term only affiliated to consumer goods. Thanks to the research efforts made by Dr Michelle van der Bank of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and a group of international scientists, a gene has been identified to distinguish between the majority of plant species on earth.
The services of 3 full-time volunteers are required for detailed vegetation surveys along selected transects in the SavFIRE programme in the Satara area of the Kruger National Park From 1 April to 31 April 2008. The basis of the work will be look at the grass species composition and tree species along transects set out in the SavFIRE programme.
A systematic tree marking process in Kruger National Park (KNP) is the first step by SANParks' Scientific Services staff in Skukuza towards producing more detailed biodiversity surveys in the park. Dimitri Dimopoulos, one of SANParks volunteer Honorary Rangers, recently assisted in this process...
The Mopane tree with its distinctive ‘Butterfly’ shaped leaves is a principle food source for many insects and animals. Over the last few weeks the Speckled Emperor Moth (Gynanisa maia) have hatched in big numbers and have been utilizing these leaves. These voracious feeders will be stiff competition for the more common Mopane worm (Gonimbrasia belina), as they are currently stripping the Mopane trees of their leaves.
This is the time of year when little black moths which look like wasps are seen in swarms flying in front of cars and visiting the flowers of many shrubs such the Velvet Wild-medlar (Vangueria infausta) and Buffalo-thorn (Ziziphus mucronata). These are the Burnet moths.
The 2006 Kruger National Park (KNP) Emerging Tuskers Competition attracted more than 180 individual entries and has identified eight new emerging tuskers, bringing the total to 50. You have until the 31 December 2007 to get your entries in for the 2007 Competition!
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.
In light of recent road closures caused by heavy rain in the Kruger National Park (KNP), SANParks online forum members have come up with an innovative way to keep each other up to date with conditions in the park.
In February 2007 a special data logging collar (which records the daily movements of the animal using GPS co-ordinates) was fitted to a sable in a naturally occurring herd in the southern area of the Limpopo National Park, Mozambique. This was part of a study being done by Mr Valerio Macandza from Wits University to obtain comparative data on sable movements in Limpopo Natinal Park and in Kruger National Park (KNP). Valerio has been studying sable for the last 3 years in the Punda Maria area of the KNP. The collared sable was part of a herd of 4 females.
Some welcome rain and the high temperatures mean that summer has arrived at full swing in the Lowveld. During this hot season, an intrepid group of volunteer researchers are busy every day monitoring what insects, snakes, frogs and rodents are moving about in the veld of the Kruger National Park.
Kruger National Park (KNP) rangers and operators from South African National Parks (SANParks) Corporate Investigation Services (CIS) shot and killed a poacher during a skirmish in the early hours of this morning (Friday December 14, 2007).
Kruger National Park's People and Conservation Department in conjunction with Singita Kruger National Park, a Kruger National Park (KNP) concessionaire, will run an Arts and Craft exhibition from 24 to 26 December 2007 at Nwanetsi Picnic Spot. The event is intended to support, market and promote the local crafters’ products to the guests who will visit the park during this time.
In terms of act and Government notice R385 of the regulations in terms of chapter 5 of the National Environmental Management Act 1998, published in Government Gazette 28753 of 21 April 2006, the interested and affected parties are herewith notified of the intent to carry out the upgrading of the Phabeni Entrance Gate in the Kruger National Park , which will include the following: new reception area, a Wild Card booth lane, park and ride facilities and an entrance gate for My Acre of Africa.
In terms of act and Government notice R385 of the regulations in terms of chapter 5 of the National Environmental Management Act 1998, published in Government Gazette 28753 of 21 April 2006, the interested and affected parties are herewith notified of the intent to carry out the upgrading of the Low Level crossing of the Crocodile River at the Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park.
"I'm on a quest to detect and map tree density in the Skukuza area, using remote sensing technology " says German geography student, Claudia Jobst. This quest is part of a six-month internship at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in the Earth Observation Group “Ecosystems Earth Observation” which Claudia started in October this year.
What do you get when you send a bunch of women on a mission to find a Pel’s Fishing owl, armed with CyberTracker equipment and a mandate to raise funds for SANParks? You get Angels on an Avian Mission of course, the name given to a fund and awareness raising expedition made up of six SANParks staff and forum members who recently returned from Kruger National Park after successfully finding the Pel’s Fishing Owl (of course), as well as achieving a number of other serious and not so serious objectives.
A massive campaign to uphold the rules and regulations has been launched in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in an attempt to bring rule-breakers to book during the festive season. “We have received many complaints about rule breakers from staff members, guests and the feedback facilities on our website over the past few months and have now come up with a strategy for the Festive Season which we hope will make a difference,” said the KNP’s Managing Executive Dr Bandile Mkhize.
KNP guests and staff are hereby informed that the swimming pool at Lower Sabie Camp is temporarily closed. The closure is due to the maintenance work which is currently taking place at the pool and will last for a period of two weeks.Displaying 391 to 420 (of 654)