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"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.
South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to call the public’s attention to a fraudulent fundraising scam currently circulating in shopping centres and other public places in the Johannesburg area.
What follows is a comprehensive update on the N4 route from Pretoria to Maputo, including information on road side assistance, road works, and road accident statistics. If you are using this route in December/January, please take note of this information for your own safety on our roads.
Kruger National Park (KNP) Managing Executive Dr Bandile Mkhize expressed his sincere condolences to the family and friends of the five Austrian and German tourists who were tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident in the park late yesterday afternoon (November 29, 2007).
Four more collared animals were added to a study currently underway to monitor the declining sable numbers around Punda Maria. Sable numbers have been declining in the Kruger National Park since the late 1980’s and this is a serious concern for park management. A research project, lead by Professor Norman Owen-Smith from Wits University, is investigating sable, where they move to and what they like to eat. The project is being done in both the Punda Maria and Pretoriuskop areas.
So you are driving along in your car in the Kruger National Park and you ponder the fact that elephants eat about 180kg of vegetation per day. Where on earth do all the KNP’s elephants find 180kg of vegetation to eat each every day? Kruger National Park scientists have also been pondering this interesting question too. Perhaps more specificially, what they have been asking relates to the distribution of elephants and other herbivores in conservation areas in relation to the nutrient status of the vegetation and now they hope that TEMBO can give them the answers.
In a gesture of goodwill, the Kruger National Park (KNP) Managing Executive Dr Bandile Mkhize presented representatives from 17 day care centres and other health organisations from around the park with a consignment of 76 wheel chairs today (Wednesday November 28, 2007).
Kruger National Park, Friday, 16 November 2007: The governing body of the world’s leading authority on environment and development, the World Conservation Union (IUCN), is convening away from its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, for the first time in its 59 year history.
Kruger National Park (KNP) rangers and special investigators from South African National Parks (SANParks) Corporate Investigation Service (CIS) arrested a poacher after a massive six day man-hunt on Sunday November 18, 2007.
The endangered black rhino is in the spotlight again. This time it’s to find out how many of these elusive and secretive creatures there are in the Kruger National Park. Black rhinos are seldom seen as they prefer to keep to themselves in thickets and bushy areas where they can browse in peace.
The information retrieved from satellite images taken from space often have to be checked and validated on the ground. This is exactly what the ambitious scientists in the Kruger National Park (KNP) are attempting to do.
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.
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
Predators, such as lions are particularly susceptible to being caught in wire snares, which are usually set for antelope such as impala or kudu. Lions will walk along game paths and become trapped in snares set along these paths.
Our Public Sightings Gallery receives great pictures, and we've decided to introduce the "public sighting of the month" to acknowledge the excellent entries. Eric Reisinger, SANParks photographer & photo editor, selects the photo, which displays on our home page. This unusual picture of a crocodile eating a young hippo, taken by Yolande Oelsen, is the October winner...
Alien invasive species are a causing a headache for conservation managers around the world. Alien species are the cause of numerous problems for biodiversity, from clogging up water ways to becoming a fire hazard and are even a problem closer to home in the Kruger National Park.
Disney is not just about Mickey Mouse. There is considerably more to this multi-national corporation than meets the eye, especially when it comes to support for conservation and research issues around the world...
Dr Ed February from the Department of Botany at the University of Cape Town is leading a team of researchers tackling the mystery of how trees and grass manage to live together in the face of competition for limited water and nutrient resources.
More than 100 golfers from both government and the private sector will meet on the fairways of Skukuza’s picturesque Golf Course tomorrow (Thursday October 25, 2007) as competitors of the third annual Kruger National Park (KNP)/Old Mutual Corporate Golf Day.
The August sightings data, generated by Kruger Rangers while on patrol, has been updated. The Rangers make use of Cyber Trackers to record information about the animals they see. The maps do not account for all sightings of these animals both by staff and visiting public as this is not captured and would be too numerous to plot. It does however give an indication of distribution based on the constant field presence of rangers...