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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...

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...

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