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KZN Honorary Rangers Take Conservation to Kids

04 December 2007

October saw enthusiastic interaction with the public by an active group of KZN Honorary Rangers. Under the banner of the Public Education and Awareness Project (PEAP) and ably assisted by PEAP Chairperson Alison Esterhuysen, exhibitions were held at the Liberty Mall shopping centre in Pietermaritzburg as well as Morningside Primary School and Durban Preparatory High School (DPHS) in Durban .

Through the fascinating displays, the Honorary Ranger's interacted with about 580 children in Grades 4 to 7. The result? Good exposure for SANParks and the Honorary Rangers, and an opportunity to share conservation principles and the importance of our natural heritage with eager young minds!

The KZN Honorary Rangers were very encouraged by the obvious interest from the public in environmental matters, and the corresponding desire to visit national parks.

"The impact our visit made on the children was most touching, with many writing to the Honorary Rangers expressing a desire to make a difference to consevration from which future generations will benefit" said KZN HR Chairperson, Jan de Wet.

In the words of one DPHS pupil: “My gran and grandpa take most of their grandchildren to the Kruger National Park every year. We normally go in the July holidays. I have been going since I was four years old. It is the highlight of my year. Your talk today taught me a lot so next time I go I have got a lot to look for. The thing I like most about the camp is when you wake up in the morning overlooking the bushveld. I love animals and now I know a lot more about them and traps and poachers".

Thanks to the continued efforts of the Honorary Rangers, and PEAP, conservation awareness continues to grow, " and we hope that the children exposed to conservation principles at an early age will one day take their children and grandchildren on visits to our parks, and pass the conservation message on" concludes PEAP Chairperson, Alison Esterhuysen.