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Media Release: Clarity around the provision of water in Addo Elephant National Park

29 May 2017

South African National Parks are managed as natural systems in which conservationists try as best as possible to mimic natural processes. Addo Elephant National Park (AENP) is managed with a natural gradient of water in place. Nowhere in a natural system would one find water holes dispersed evenly across the landscape. Nature has a way of avoiding this at all costs to prevent the homogenous use of vegetation which ultimately will lead to the extinction or degrading of species.

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Media Release: SANParks to offer prime animals at Wildfees

29 May 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) will once again be offering quality animal genes at this year’s 16th annual Kirkwood Wildsfees Game Auction on Friday 30 June.

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Media Release: KNP awards its achievers for excellence

29 May 2017

The 18th Kruger National Park (KNP) Achievement Awards took place Friday night, 26 May 2017 in Skukuza.

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Media Release: Well wishes for Africa Day from SANParks - Mapungubwe National Park

25 May 2017

Today, South African National Parks joins the rest of the country in celebrating Africa Day. This day is celebrated every year on 25 May within the African continent to mark the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963 and the African Union (AU) which was formed in 2002.

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Media Release: SANParks partners with Cell C in the Take a Girl Child to Work campaign

25 May 2017

In line with South African National Parks’ (SANParks) vision of connecting societies, the organisation partnered with Cell C on the Take a Girl Child to Work campaign. Several girls from Tshwane Secondary School in Pretoria were hosted at Marakele National Park, in Limpopo on 25 May 2017.

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Biodiversity in the Garden Route National Park

23 May 2017

Biodiversity refers to the variety of significant plant and animal life in a specific habitat. SANParks Scientists have recorded and documented in the State of Knowledge report (2015) the presence of more than 30 terrestrial habitat types, representing more than 50 forest and fynbos communities within the boundaries of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP).

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Media Release: World Turtle Day

23 May 2017

Today, the Department of Environmental Affairs joins the world in commemorating World Turtle Day. There are seven (7) species of marine turtles in the world, of which five (5) have been recorded in South Africa. These are the Leatherback, Loggerhead, Green, Hawksbill and the rarely seen Olive Ridley turtles. Two of these species, namely, the Leatherback and the Loggerhead turtles nests in South Africa, in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. These nesting beaches are of critical importance to turtles because of their genetic distinction from other rookeries of the same species in the Western Indian Ocean. iSimangaliso, despite being a World Heritage Site, has also been chosen to be one of the sites of importance for sea turtle conservation under the Indian Ocean South East Asia Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) , of which South Africa is a member state.

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Media Release: Cell C’s Take a Girl Child to Work initiative

22 May 2017

On the 17 May 2017, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) participated in Cell C's Take a Girl Child to Work initiative. Aimed at exposing young girls to the "world of work", this initiative is also helping to address the issues that concern our youth.

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South Africa marks International Day for Biological Diversity

22 May 2017

The Department of Environmental Affairs today marks the International Day for Biological Diversity- under the theme “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism.” 

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Media Release: Twelve new emerging tuskers named in the Kruger National Park

22 May 2017

The Kruger National Park (KNP)’s Emerging Tuskers Committee is proud to announce the names of the twelve new emerging tuskers; thanks to the submission of elephant footage from guests to the Tuskers Project. The Committee monitored several elephants from as far as 2009; until recently when they closely looked at 28 of them. 12 of those, which showed sufficient development were selected and named as big tuskers.

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Brenton controlled ecological burn totally under control

18 May 2017

The Brenton controlled burn is totally under control. This after flames flared day before yesterday, 16th May 2017 due to strong winds. "Because the burn was planned, we had adequate resources to deal with the fire" confirmed Clint Manuel, Chief Fire Officer for Knysna.

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Media Release: Kruger National Park advises the public on the Malaria prevention

18 May 2017

Kruger National Park (KNP) Management would like to caution visitors to the Park to take precautionary measures against Malaria before visiting the Park, although classified as a low risk area but is situated in a malaria area. Due to the heavy rain received this year, there are pools of water in abundance everywhere and the Park is experiencing Malaria cases especially in the northern part of the Park.

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Media Release: Kruger National Park unveils the Phabeni Interpretive Centre for tourists

17 May 2017

The South African National Parks (SANParks) Honorary Rangers officially handed-over the Phabeni Interpretive Centre to Kruger National Park Management yesterday, 16 May 2017 at the Albasini Ruins cultural heritage site. The centre, which is found at Phabeni Gate, boasts the newly designed display structure as well as the re-fenced Albasini Ruins and the two grave sites; which reveal interesting history of people who stayed and worked in the Phabeni area in the past.

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Media Release: Addo cheetah translocated to KwaZulu-Natal

16 May 2017

Two of the three cheetahs which broke into Addo Elephant National Park (AENP) outside Port Elizabeth in 2014 have been captured and will be translocated to the Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.

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Media Release: Marakele National Park entrance gets a facelift

15 May 2017

Visitors to Marakele National Park are in for a treat as they arrive in the Park as months of construction of the roads in the entrance gate have finally come to an end.

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Ecological burn to restore critically endangered Knysna Sand Fynbos on Private Land

15 May 2017

The planned ecological burn which was postponed last year is now underway in Brenton. The steering committee concerned about the ecological wellbeing of the area made a decision guided by the weather to burn on Monday, 15 May 2017. Approximately 71 hectares on the Southern slopes along the Brenton-on-sea Road are set to burn which includes Portions 39 and 40 of the Uitzigt Farm.

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Media Release: Kruger National Park Management Plan Review Sessions at major cities scheduled

15 May 2017

To broaden the consultation process for the Management Plan review, the Kruger National Park (KNP) will hold structured meetings at major cities in the country from 17 to 27 May 2017 and would like to invite interested members of the public to come and give input. This follows up on the public sessions which took place in the local communities bordering the Park from 18 April to 4 May 2017. It is a requirement of the National Environment Management: Protected Areas Act No 57 of 2003 that all protected areas must have management plans and review them every 10 years.

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Media Release: SANParks and Pick n Pay to replace South African Super Animals cards that have errors on them

11 May 2017

Pick n Pay and South African National Parks (SANParks) are correcting errors found in the very popular South African Super Animals collectible card campaign.

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Media Release: Four of the five KNP escaped Lions successful captured and delivered back in the Park

10 May 2017

Four of the five lions believed to have escaped from the Kruger National Park (KNP) have been successfully darted and returned to Park, with one still at large.

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Media Release: Residents urged to be careful of escaped lions in Mpumalanga

09 May 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to urge residents of Komatipoort and adjacent areas in Mpumalanga to exercise extra caution as five lions believed to have escaped from the Kruger National Park (KNP) are roaming the area.

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Temporary closure of Road S44 in the Nxanatseni Region - Kruger National Park

05 May 2017

Visitors are hereby informed that the road S44 (Loop) near Olifants Camp will be temporarily closed from today, 05 to 31 May 2017 due to maintenance.

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Media Release: Bullet proof vests for Addo's Ranger dogs

02 May 2017

The two canine members of Addo Elephant National Park’s (AENP) ranger corps are now equally protected from life-threatening situations, like their human counterparts, thanks to the donation of bullet proof vests from integrated risk solutions company, Quemic.  In addition to this, the company also donated two trauma/first aid kits specifically for the dogs, as well as dog food for an entire year.

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Media Release: Tatasberg in the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park closed indefinitely

11 April 2017

Tatasberg, one of just two wilderness camps in the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, has been closed indefinitely due to a fire that broke out a few meters from where four beautifully constructed chalets are lined up next to the Orange River.

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Media Release: Military truck overturns at Crocodile River low level bridge in the Kruger National Park

27 September 2016

A South African Military Truck with four army staff members based in the Park overturned and fell off the Crocodile River low level bridge in the Kruger National Park (KNP) at about 06:30 yesterday, 26 September 2016. There was diesel spillage into the river and a company to attend to the spill was appointed immediately in order to avoid possible pollution to water and the environment in general.

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