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Alaskan Adventure for Kruger Scientist

Date: 2007-09-27

“The Alaskan wilderness is nothing like our wilderness here in Kruger” says Judith Kruger from Scientific Services, Skukuza, Kruger National Park. “There are thousands of green alpine trees and large flowing rivers with huge amounts of floating ice, even in Summer”. This is a far cry of the heat and yellow-brown hues of Kruger at the end of Winter. Judith, who is responsible for science support and data management in Kruger, recently took the long trip to Alaska to join a group of specialist software engineers and programme developers from NCEAS (National Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis).

Media Release: Skukuza Shop Robbed

Date: 2007-09-19

At around 02:00 on Tuesday September 18, 2007, armed robbers gained access into the Skukuza Rest Camp Shop in the Kruger National Park (KNP) by removing sections of the thatch roof.

Kruger Rangers Get Equipment

Date: 2007-09-11

The Kruger National Park (KNP) Executive Director Dr Bandile Mkhize today (Tuesday September 11, 2007) accepted R428 000-worth of donated equipment on behalf of the park’s 300-strong Ranger Corps from the SANParks Honorary Rangers.

Excited Tusker Competition Winner Takes Off

Date: 2007-09-06

An excited Ms Arks Smith from the United States strapped herself into a SANParks helicopter and took off for the adventure of a lifetime, to actually take part in a research project in the Kruger National Park (KNP) at around 07:30 this morning (Wednesday September 5, 2007).

Duke Breaks Left Tusk

Date: 2007-08-24

It seems sadness has crept into the thoughts of everyone around. It is as if a good friend has lost something very dear. Duke, the elephant with the largest set of ivory on any elephant presently living in the Kruger National Park (KNP) has broken his left tusk.

Digging Up Kruger's History

Date: 2007-08-23

Sore backs, dusty clothes, dirty hands and sweaty hats. These are just some of the results of an interesting project that has taken place in the Kruger National Park (KNP) over a two week period ending on Friday, August 17, 2007.

Australian Park Manager Meets KNP Scientists

Date: 2007-08-29

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is right in the heart of Australia. Uluru (previously known as Ayers Rock) is a massive red rock rising out of the Australian outback desert and is a sacred place for the Aboriginal people. The National Park is 1325 km2 and is a major tourist attraction. The distinctive red rock rises 348m above the desert plain and is 860m above sea level. It is also a special world heritage area that is valued for its landscape, flora, fauna and for its rich living culture.

Fire and Vegetation Experiment in the KNP

Date: 2007-08-27

Fire is not a popular phenomenon in the Lowveld at the moment, but in the Kruger National Park it is used under controlled conditions as part of a long-term ecosystem experiment. The Fire Team from Scientific Services in Skukuza has been using fire as part of an ongoing experiment in the Nkhuhlu exclosure in the south of the KNP.

The Annual KNP Fixed Wing Aerial Census

Date: 2007-08-24

Seeing the Kruger National Park (KNP) from the air really puts the size of the park into perspective. It is amazing to see how big 2 million hectares really is. Winter is the time of the year when the KNP census team takes to the air to count the animals living in this 2 million hectares.

Carbon-Climate-Human Interactions in Africa

Date: 2007-08-21

An international network of carbon cycle researchers meets 23-25 August in Kruger National Park, South Africa to explore the need for increased research capacity to both understand and manage the carbon cycle in Africa.

Background Information Document for Camp Upgrades

Date: 2007-08-21

SANParks is embarking on a number of proposed activities to upgrade the existing facilities in Kruger National Park camps to continue to offer visitors a high quality experience. To assist in our planning for this, please read this Background Information Document (BID) regarding the upgrade of facilities in the Mopani and Olifants Camps.

Giraffe 1, Donga 0

Date: 2007-08-16

It was a clear, day with a slight South Easterly wind blowing. I had left Letaba very early for a meeting at the Phalaborwa Regional Office. While there, I received a call from Letaba Camp’s Duty Manager reporting that there was a giraffe trapped in a donga about three kilometers north of the camp on the S95.

First Call for Papers: 6th Annual Science Networking Meeting April 2008

Date: 2007-08-14

The 6th Annual Science Network meeting will be held in Skukuza, Kruger National Park (KNP) from 21 to 25 April 2008. This meeting will be hosted by Scientific Services, Kruger National Park, Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology of University of Cape Town, Centre for Water in the Environment of the University of Witwatersrand, and the Department of Botany of the University of Cape Town...

Branding Survey: Complete and WIN!!

Date: 2007-08-13

Complete this SANParks branding questionnaire by the 17 August 2007 and stand a chance to win a 2-night midweek break for 2 (two) adults and 2 (two) children in one of the South African National Parks.

N4 Traffic Update: 09-12 August

Date: 2007-08-10

High traffic volumes are expected on the N4 (Pretoria to Mozambique) during the forthcoming weekend, although it is not expected to peak at the same levels as during the Easter period or school holidays.

Media Release: Man Arrested For Starting Fire In KNP

Date: 2007-08-02

A middle aged man was arrested for starting a fire in the Kruger National Park (KNP) at midday today.

Media Release: KNP Breaches Dam to Prevent Poison Spreading

Date: 2007-08-01

A key dam in the Southern area of the Kruger National Park (KNP), the Nhlanganzwane Dam will be breeched this week in order to rid it of an algal poison that has claimed the lives of a number of animals over the past two years.

Orpen Webcam Goes Live

Date: 2007-08-01

The sun rises and a herd of placid impala drink to the new day and the start of a new month. A herd of zebra graze and drink alongside while some guinea fowl fool around, warming their feathers in the sun...

Draft Report On The Pel’s Fishing Owl

Date: 2007-07-31

A ground-based survey of Pel’s Fishing Owl along the Olifants River in the Kruger National Park was conducted from the 24th-27th of June 2007 by two teams of observers from SAN-Parks, Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, staff and volunteers from EWT-BoPWG.

Recent Sightings: Birding Update KNP, 2007

Date: 2007-07-30

Please find herewith an update on sightings in the KNP for 2007, from some of our dedicated birders. The sightings are listed chronologically.

Volunteers Help with Biodiversity Survey

Date: 2007-07-27

Biodiversity conservation is the clear mandate for SANParks and the Savanna Unit of Scientific Services in Skukuza is seriously getting to grips with this issue in the Kruger National Park. This means doing surveys on all the smaller creatures in the park that are often not seen...

KNP Emergency Call Centre

Date: 2007-07-26

Situated in the KNP Protection Services building in Skukuza, the Emergency Call Centre, which opened in December 2004, is manned every day throughout the year and will be able to help guests and KNP staff with any emergency they might face.

Website Forum Helps Patrols on Mooiplaas Ranger Section.

Date: 2007-07-17

MOOIPLAAS – Situated roughly in the middle of the Kruger National Park’s huge Mopaneveld, this 103 155 hectare ranger section presents huge challenges to whoever has the task of patrolling it.

SANParks and Reach-For-A-Dream Join Hands

Date: 2007-07-11

The Reach-For-A-Dream Foundation, an organisation that has brought hope and healing to countless young South Africans, believes strongly in the power of dreams. It encourages children to use their dreams to fight life-threatening illnesses.

Is there a Hyaena Hotel in Skukuza?

Date: 2007-07-11

Is there a hyaena hotel in Skukuza? This may seem like a strange question but researchers from the Mammal Research Institute (MRI) at the University of Pretoria is looking into how close contact with humans is affecting the behaviour of spotted hyaenas.

Media Release: Strikers March to Kruger Gate

Date: 2007-07-10

Guests to the Kruger National Park (KNP) that have planned to enter through Kruger Entrance Gate tomorrow (Wednesday July 11, 2007) should be aware that there could be a disruption at the gate caused by marching workers.

10th Anniversary Kruger Park Birding Weekend

Date: 2007-07-05

It's that time of year again; bookings for the 2008 West Rand Honorary Ranger 10th Anniversary Kruger Park Birding Weekend are open. As is usual, the event takes place over the last Weekend in January and the first Weekend in February 2008... Booking Form

SANParks' CyberTracker - Conservation in the Palm of our Hands

Date: 2007-07-04

The CyberTracker System is a hand held computer software application designed for use in Environmental Conservation and Wildlife Biology as a data-capture tool. Much progress has been made in the development of the system within SANParks, and much still needs to be done...

A Gift from the Past

Date: 2007-06-22

The 31st of May saw Kruger National Park celebrate its 109th birthday in a ceremony at Pretoriuskop. This was a fitting opportunity to hand over a valuable historical memento to the park. The 'gift' was donated to the park by Tsitsikamma Honorary Rangers Andre and Mignonne van Heerden.

Take a Walk with Kruger's Aliens!

Date: 2007-06-05

SAPPI - Kruger Park - Tree & Alien Encounter Weekend This is an invitation to a unique, rustic, bush experience. The Alien Invader Task Group is excited to announce the coming of this special event, thanks to a generous sponsorship received from SAPPI to make it possible...

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