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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.

Forum 'Bush Telegraph' Helps Update Information on Road Conditions

Date: 2007-12-20

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.

Sable and Roan Antelope Do Well in Limpopo National Park

Date: 2007-12-21

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.

Summer Biodiversity Surveys Underway in KNP

Date: 2007-12-19

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.

Media Release: Poacher Shot Dead in KNP

Date: 2007-12-14

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).

Art and Craft Exhibition at KNP's Nwanetsi Picnic Spot

Date: 2007-12-13

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.

Public Notice of Environmental Basic Assessment: Phabeni Entrance Gate

Date: 2007-12-12

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.

Public Notice of Environmental Basic Assessment: Croc Bridge

Date: 2007-12-12

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.

Media Release: KNP Gate Quotas in Force

Date: 2007-12-12

Day visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) are urged to book their visit in advance to avoid disappointment.

KNP (Nxanatseni Region) Seasonal Discount

Date: 2007-12-12

The Nxanatseni Region in the Kruger National Park is offering a 20% Seasonal Discount on all Accommodation excluding Guest houses in the Main camps, Camping and 6-Bed Guest Cottages at Mopani.

Mopani Rest Camp – Swimming Pool Closed

Date: 2007-12-12

Please note that the Swimming Pool at Mopani Rest Camp in the KNP is closed indefinitely pending the acquisition of new a pump. SANParks apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Mapping KNP's Trees

Date: 2007-12-12

"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.

Angels on an Avian Mission

Date: 2007-12-05

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.

Media Release: Laying Down the Law in KNP

Date: 2007-12-05

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.

Temporary Closure Of Lower Sabie Swimming Pool

Date: 2007-12-04

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.

Media Release: Watch Out for Fundraising Fraudsters!!

Date: 2007-12-04

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.

N4 Route Update December/January

Date: 2007-12-04

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.

Media Release: KNP Vehicle Accident Claims Five

Date: 2007-11-30

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).

Sable and Other Species in Punda Maria Under Surveillance

Date: 2007-12-03

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.

TEMBO in the Timbavati

Date: 2007-11-30

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.

Media Release: KNP Gives Wheelchairs to Communities

Date: 2007-11-28

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).

Media Release: KNP Awards Top Achievers

Date: 2007-11-27

For the ninth year in a row, the Kruger National Park (KNP) awarded its staff during the 2007 Achievement Awards Ceremony which was held tonight (Friday, November 23, 2007) at the Skukuza Airport.

Media Release: Kruger Will Award Achievers

Date: 2007-11-23

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will award its achievers in a glittering function to be held in Skukuza tonight (Friday November 23, 2007) called the 2007 KNP Achievement Awards.

Media Release: Heavy Vehicles Restricted Entrance at Crocodile Bridge

Date: 2007-11-22

Vehicles weighing more than four tons will not be allowed access through Crocodile Bridge Entrance Gate of the Kruger National Park (KNP) until at least October 2008.

Respected Conservation Authority Convening in KNP (pdf)

Date: 2007-11-21

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.

Media Release: Knp Rangers Arrest Long Time Adversary

Date: 2007-11-19

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.

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.

Black Rhino Count in KNP

Date: 2007-11-12

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.

Taking KNP Water Research Underground

Date: 2007-11-08

Water is life in KNP as it is else where. It's not just the surface water that is important though. Researchers are now taking a special interest in the water we cannot see, the groundwater.

Do Satellite Images Match Vegetation on the Ground?

Date: 2007-11-08

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.

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