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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...

Media Release: Kruger National Park Turns 109!

Date: 2007-06-01

The Executive Director of the Kruger National Park (KNP), Dr Bandile Mkhize officially welcomed everyone to the 109th Birthday Celebration, which took place at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp today (Thursday May 31, 2007).

Happy Birthday Kruger National Park!!

Date: 2007-05-31

Today, on Thursday May 31, 2007, the Kruger National Park is celebrating its birthday at the oldest formal tourism camp in the park – Pretoriuskop Rest Camp. Research has shown that President Paul Kruger’s Volksraad (parliament) established the Sabie Game Reserve during 1898...

Big Five "Hot Spots" in KNP

Date: 2007-05-30

Want to know where the sighting “HotSpots” are in Kruger? Let Kruger’s rangers show you were to find the Big Five - Elephant, White Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard in a series of "Big Five HotSpots" maps derived from Kruger’s CyberTracker data. The latest maps for April have also been added...

Kruger National Park Birthday Competition Winners

Date: 2007-05-28

The winners of the Kruger National Park Birthday Competition are as follows:

Media Release: Parks and protected areas alone are not the panacea to stop freshwater decline, says new expert group

Date: 2007-05-22

In a statement published today, on International Day for Biological Diversity, the Skukuza Freshwater Group, made up of experts from leading conservation organisations, advocated urgent action and approaches to water management in order to meet the needs of the world’s poorest people, combat the alarming decline of freshwater species, and correct mistakes of the past.

Media Release: Happy Birthday Kruger National Park!

Date: 2007-05-09

To celebrate the Kruger National Park (KNP) 109th Birthday, all South Africans that share the same date of birth will be given the chance to enter an exciting competition.

5th Annual Kruger Network Meeting 2007 - Program Report

Date: 2007-05-09

More than 200 scientists, researchers, conservationists and managers gathered in Skukuza from 16th – 20th April for the fifth annual Kruger National Park (KNP) science network meeting. A total of 110 talks were presented by local and international scientists. Topics included (to name a few): Heterogeneity Created by Herbivores, Terrestrial Patterns and Drivers, Water in the Landscape, Browse and Browsers, Humans in Complex Systems, Adaptive Management and Implementation

Kruger National Park Birthday!

Date: 2007-05-09

Are you born on the 31st of May? You share your birthday with the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK! On 31 May 2007, South African National Park’s flagship, the Kruger National Park, will turn 109 years old and you can be part of the celebrations. Answer 3 easy questions and you could be invited to the Birthday Celebrations at the oldest rest camp, Pretoriuskop, on the 31st of May 2007.

"Team Wild" a "Wild" Success

Date: 2007-04-26

The first episodes of “Team Wild”, a 26 part programme aired weekly on YOTV, has had a fantastic reception. At a recent screening in Skukuza, it had adults and children alike laughing and learning about the unique experience of growing up in the Kruger National Park, and in the process, exploring issues pertaining to biodiversity and conservation in a fun and informative way. Three local children from Skukuza Primary School present the series. The inserts will be part reality, part documentary, aimed at 6 to 9 year old viewers...

Media Release: KNP Emerging Tuskers Competition: 2006 Winners Announced

Date: 2007-04-19

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.

Stringent Water Restrictions announced in KNP

Date: 2007-04-18

Alarmingly low levels of some of the perennial rivers that affect the Kruger National Park (KNP) have forced KNP management to introduce stringent water restrictions in an effort to help preserve the biodiversity needs of the park’s river systems.

A Kruger Century (and a bit)

Date: 2007-04-17

Jerry Sibuyi remembers herding and milking Lt Col James Stevenson-Hamilton’s (the first Kruger National Park Warden) cattle in Skukuza. His South African ID says he was born in 1896 which may be inaccurate, considering the way administration matters were handled during those times. According to KNP Human Resources, Jerry’s records of employment are filed deep in the archives but his pension number however proves that he indeed once worked in the Park as Jerry receives a monthly pension of R168.25.

Media Release: Scientists Meet in Kruger National Park

Date: 2007-04-16

The Executive Director of the Kruger National Park (KNP) Dr Bandile Mkhize welcomed almost 200 scientists, researchers, conservationists and other interested parties to the Fifth KNP Science Network Meeting, which started in Skukuza today (Monday April 16, 2007).

Road Safety Update

Date: 2007-04-05

In an attempt to provide a value-added service to road users on the N4, TRAC is investigating practical implications of providing a full time roadside assistance service to road users traveling on the N4.This service, called TRACAssist, will be implemented on a “test basis”, and be available only in South Africa (between Pretoria and Komatipoort). Road users stranded on the N4 and who wish to make use of this service, can contact TRAC on its customer care number: 0800 8722 64 (0800 TRAC N4).

Media Release: Remember the Rules when you Visit the KNP

Date: 2007-04-04

Kruger National Park (KNP) Rangers, Protection Services officers, Traffic Officers and other law enforcement officials will show no mercy to anyone caught disobeying the rules and regulations of the park during the 2007 Easter holiday period.

Media Release: Kruger National Park Gets National PMR Awards

Date: 2007-03-29

The Kruger National Park’s (KNP) Executive Director Dr Bandile Mkhize recently received two national PMR Awards on behalf of South Africa’s largest national park at a business breakfast in Johannesburg on Friday March 23, 2007.

Water Quiz Questions School Pupils

Date: 2007-03-22

PHALABORWA – Kingfisher Private School’s quiz team swept the opposition during the high school division of the Kruger National Park(KNP)/Foskor Water Week Quiz in the town hall this week (Tuesday March 20, 2007). The team of three pupils from this school competed against 11 other schools from the area.

"Libraries can make us better people"

Date: 2007-03-20

SKUKUZA – “By using libraries, we can all become better people and make South Africa a better country.” This was the message given by the Kruger National Park’s (KNP) Executive Director Dr Bandile Mkhize at the launch function of the Mpumalanga leg of National Library Week, which took place today (Monday March 19, 2007) in Skukuza.

Media Release: Ranger Stabilises After Elephant Attack

Date: 2007-03-13

Field ranger, Thomas Mathosi has stabilised in hospital after the vehicle in which he was a passenger was overturned by a group of elephants while they were on patrol in the far northern part of the Kruger National Park at around 11:15 this morning (Tuesday March 13, 2007).

YoTV is Wild About Skukuza

Date: 2007-03-08

Team Wild is coming to town! The Southern African Natural History Unit (SANHU) has been approached by SABC 2 to produce 26 short inserts for a YoTV programme called “Team Wild”. The series will be presented by two local children from Skukuza Primary School. The inserts will be part reality, part documentary, aimed at 6 to 9 year old viewers.

Kruger Help for Kalahari African Wild Cats

Date: 2007-03-08

Since 2003 Marna Herbst, a PhD student from the Mammal Research Institute (MRI) of the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria, has been learning more about the private lives of Kalahari African Wildcats.

The Skukuza Indigenous Plant Nursery

Date: 2007-03-08

In August 1975, Harry Matthysen took the first steps to establish the Skukuza Nursery as it is known today. The initial objective of the nursery was to supply and cultivate the camps with grass and other indigenous plants and to enable resident personnel to plant indigenous plants in their gardens...

Nominations for the 2007 Kudu Awards Begin

Date: 2007-03-07

If you know of individuals or organisations who are making a significant contribution to conservation in South Africa, please read more about the SANParks Kudu Awards, download the Award Categories and fill in a nomination form...

SANParks Annual Cricket Tournament: Thanks and Congratulations

Date: 2007-03-06

On behalf of SANParks, congratulations and thank-you to everyone involved in the inaugral cricket weekend!! While the cricket weekend was an opportunity for inter-park co-operation, community outreach, as well as a platform to bring our online community together, there was also a fund raising objective. Just one week after the event the total amount of money needed to purchase and install the Nossob Webcam was met and exceeded, with money still coming in!

Understanding Landscape Ecology

Date: 2007-02-28

How to monitor the degradation of the landscape and vegetation has been a question intriguing ecologists over the years. Having an idea of the how functional and healthy the soil condition is, is vital in any management decision-making process.

Do Lions Prefer Buffalo for Dinner?

Date: 2007-02-28

Kruger National Park lions are in the spotlight again. This time, the question asked is what they prefer to eat. As part of a collaborative study between the Mammal Research Institute (MRI) of the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria and the University of California at Berkeley (USA), lions are being monitored in the Satara area, to see where they are going and if they choose to eat buffalo.

Media Release: Skukuza Loves Cricket

Date: 2007-02-19

With the ICC World Cup rapidly approaching, cricket fever has spread as far as Skukuza in the Kruger National Park (KNP) where a feast of cricketing action is planned for this coming weekend (February 22 – 24, 2007).

Weather Station Moves to Pretoriuskop

Date: 2007-02-19

Specialised help was needed to move an automatic weather station from is current position near Skukuza airport to its new home at Pretoriuskop.Richard Kenner and George James of SANAS (Inteltronics) undertook this daunting task of moving the nine metre tall tower and its precision instruments. Firstly all the instruments had to be carefully disconnected and removed, and then the steel tower dismantled piece by piece.

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