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Media Release: Skukuza gets baboon-proof dustbins

23 September 2008

Honorary Rangers John

Brankin (M) and Mike Hayhurst

describe the workings of the

new “baboon-proof” dustbins to

the acting managing executive

of the KNP, Ms Lucy Nhlapo (L)

The Kruger National Park’s (KNP) acting managing executive Ms Lucy Nhlapo received a donation of 182 baboon-proof dustbins from the Honorary Rangers today, 23 September 2008.

“We are sincerely grateful for this donation as it has been a long and difficult struggle to try and keep primates away from the various dustbins in the park, particularly here in Skukuza,” Ms Nhlapo said.

Ms Nhlapo received the dustbins at an official hand over event in Skukuza, the second event to take place in the KNP during SANParks Week 2008.

“This donation came at a very good time,” said Ms Nhlapo, “because not only are we busy celebrating SANParks Week, but we have also recently held our annual Keep Kruger Clean Campaign which we also run in conjunction with the Honorary Rangers.”

The Honorary Rangers, which have branches right around the country, raised R186 925 for not only the support but also for 182 brand new recycled plastic bins worth R68 247 which were donated by Nampak Polycyclers.

Baboons and other primates often access the camps in the KNP and raid the dustbins. This action not only spreads litter around the camp, but it also creates problem animals which often have to be shot.

Issued by:

Raymond Travers, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4116, cell: 082 908 2677 or email:


William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: