Media Release: iKapa Honorary Rangers receive prestigious Kudu Award
10 July 2009
At a glittering ceremony held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, iKapa Honorary Rangers Chairperson Sue Smith accepted the prestigious Kudu Awards for Honorary Rangers Project of the Year presented by SANParks CEO Dr David Mabunda.
Smith said “ iKapa is very honoured. This is a tribute to iKapa’s superb teamwork; the huge support from TMNP Park Manager Brett Myrdal, his rangers and staff; and passion of all the sponsors”.
The award was presented for the African Penguin Project where iKapa spearheaded a drive to help save the endangered birds. Partnering with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, the US-based Species Survival Plan and Table Mountain National Park’s Boulders Penguin Colony, 200 specially designed penguin nest boxes were purchased. The boxes were sponsored by members of the general public and 30 schools in the greater Cape Town metropole. All sponsors received a “Friends of SANParks” certificate, and schools, representing about 10 000 learners, also received an informative poster on the project for display at their schools to increase awareness of the plight of these Red-data listed birds.
Another leg of the project is the ongoing sponsorship for the third consecutive year of a Penguin Rescue Corsa Utility supplied by the Thorp Motor Group. This has helped save the lives of many injured sea birds within the Table Mountain National Park and its environment. Insurance for the vehicle is supplied by Frontline Underwriters. iKapa Honorary Rangers presented organisations with “SANParks Conservation Partner” awards for their ongoing support of conservation in SANParks .
The 200 nest boxes at Boulders penguin colony will help protect the eggs and chicks from predators and effect of the summer heat and so help decrease mortality rate of chicks once they are born. The latest count shows that 37 of the 200 boxes are occupied, with a total of 32 chicks hatched. This number should increase as some birds are still breeding. Monique Ruthenberg, Section Ranger for Boulders, is confident that the nest boxes will continue to help increase the breeding rate at the colony, as the birds will feel more comfortable with the boxes now that they have become used to them.
John Elford, HR 278, iKapa Honorary Rangers -“Volunteers in Conservation”, email@example.com, cell: 083 2539213