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Media Release: Animal casualty not a result of a controlled fire

Date: 2013-07-15

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The South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to refute claims that a fire, which injured a young elephant and possibly a rhino in the Kruger National Park (KNP) recently was part of the controlled fires currently being administered in the park. 

This according to Dr Freek Venter, General Manager: Conservation Management in the KNP, who said this was as a result of a runaway fire that jumped over the border from Mozambique into the KNP. “A south easterly wind created adverse conditions which resulted in a fast moving fire on the day.”

He said the smoke from this type of fire sometimes overcomes animals and confuses them resulting in burns and injuries. “With regards to controlled fires, SANParks has a strict Fire Danger Index guideline, which indicates when it is safe to administer controlled burns and KNP is no exception.”

Venter confirmed that the badly burned elephant had to be put down and investigations are being carried out with regards to the injured rhino.   SANParks would like to thank the visitors who notified the authorities about this incident and encourages this kind of reporting.     

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Kruger National Park Communications
Tel: 013 735 4262

Media enquiries:
Reynold Thakhuli
GM: Media Liaison & Stakeholder Relations, SANParks
Tel: (012) 426 5170, Cell: 073 373 4999


William Mabasa
GM: Communications & Marketing, Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4363, Cell: 082 807 3919



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