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Media Release: Poacher gets seven and a half years in prison

25 June 2015

South African National Parks (SANParks) today welcomed the sentencing of a Mozambican National to seven and a half years in prison for illegally entering the Kruger National Park (KNP) with the intention to poach rhino and related offences. He was sentenced in the Skukuza Periodical Court.

Media Release: Minister Molewa to visit Echo-Furniture factory in Ga-Rankuwa

24 June 2015

Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs. Edna Molewa will on Friday, 26 June 2015 visit an Eco-Furniture Factory at Ga-Rankuwa Industrial Park, Pretoria. The factory marks its first year after being officially launched by City of Tswane Executive Mayor Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa and former Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms. Rejoice Mabudafhasi.

Media Release: Concerned citizens spotted dead fish in Sedgefield

23 June 2015

Concerned citizens spotted dead fish in Sedgefield. The SANParks team of rangers went to collect them and realized only the Grunter species of fish had died. SANParks scientist, Kyle Smith has collected water samples to test the levels of salinity in the water where most dead fish were collected.

SANParks wishes a blessed Ramadan Kareem

18 June 2015

As the holy 2015 Ramadan fast commences today, Thursday, 18 June 2015, South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to wish all our Muslim customers and associates a blessed Ramadan Kareem. 

Media Release: SANParks responds to recent incident in Tsitsikamma

17 June 2015

SANParks and the Tsitsikamma Tourism Board request citizens near the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park to allow the law to take its course. The community is shocked by the recent rape incident next to the National Park. SANParks is tightening partnerships with law enforcement agencies to patrol and monitor the vast, extensive areas of the Park. ‘We are also planning to meet with other neighbouring stakeholders to ensure all play an active role in watching over the area. The Park is a significant contributor to the economy of the town.

An invasive alien species identified at Garden Route National Park

12 June 2015

Garden Route National Park Environmental Planner, Maretha Alant identified an invasive alien species (salvinia molesta) very close to the Municipal weir in Karata.  She then roped in the Biodiversity Social Programme (BSP) Manager, Walter Mzimba to organise urgent teams to remove the invader plant. 

Media Release: Kruger National Park stakeholders aim for a clean environment

08 June 2015

Kruger National Park (KNP) in partnership with Total South Africa held the “Keep Kruger Clean” (KKC) campaign at Phalaborwa as part of the World Environmental Day (WED) celebrations on the 5th of June 2015. The aim of this campaign is to educate and create awareness about the danger of littering the environment such as the national parks and other habitats. The Environment Day was declared by the United Nations general assembly in Stockholm in 1972 and it is celebrated annually on 5 June.

Media Release: Environment month celebrations to focus on sustainable development

03 June 2015

Sustainable Development will take centre stage as South Africa prepares to celebrate national Environment month. This year celebrations will unfold under the overarching theme, "Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet. Consume with Care". Environment Month is an annual event on South Africa’s environment calendar. 

Plans to better the world-famous Outeniqua hiking trail

02 June 2015

The team in Wilderness has thought of ways to better the Outeniqua hiking trail for its users. The trail is a 7 -day trail with 8 overnight huts. It is a 108 kilometer hike in total.  Hikers would traditionally begin in Beervlei (Hut 1), then head over to Windmeulnek, then Platbos, Millwood, Rondebossie, Diepwalle, Fisantehoek to end up in Harkerville (Knysna). 

Media Release: Stricter movement control in Kruger National Park for the welfare of rhino

02 June 2015

Kruger National Park (KNP) has installed three boom gates on access roads north of the Sabie River; into an area designated as Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ). The IPZ is a portion where a combination of resources and technology which provide a more secure environment for the rhino in the Park, have been intensified. The boom gates are meant to control night movement of people in order to minimize risk factors associated with late travelling between sunset and sunrise. 

Reservations bookings periods

01 June 2015

The June and July 2016 bookings will open on 22 July 2015 at 07:30. Online bookings for the same period will open on 23 July 2015.

Media Release: Eight year old donates sniffer dogs to Marakele National Park

27 May 2015

The South African National Parks (SANParks) Honorary Rangers in partnership with Alyssa's Save The Rhino's Fund officially handed over two trained sniffer dogs to the Ranger Corps in Marakele National Park. This handover was facilitated by the Waterberg region of the SANParks Honorary Rangers and the SANParks Honorary Rangers canine fund.

Media Release: KNP engages with stakeholders at Polokwane Show

25 May 2015

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will showcase its tourism products at the Polokwane Show which takes place on 27 - 30 May 2015. The idea is to afford clients an opportunity to have one on one interaction with KNP Staff, discussing various tourism and conservation related issues in Polokwane. 

Media Release: Addo's famous cubs take next step towards returning to the wild

20 May 2015

Addo Elephant National Park’s three lion cubs which rose to fame towards the end of last year, orphaned when their mother, Gina, died, have started the next step towards their rehabilitation back into the wild.  Now nine months old, the male and two females have been moved from a holding boma in the park’s main game viewing area to a much larger, 200 hectare camp within the Kuzuko contractual area in the north of the park about 100kms away by road.

Media Release: Green Flag status for Knysna forest trails

19 May 2015

Two Hiking trails in the Knysna forest also part of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) recently received Green Flag status.  Perdekop (9, 5 kilometer nature walk) and Olifants (in Diepwalle) hiking trails were accredited by the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa (HOSA) on the 14 May 2015. 

Media Release: Addo's new wheels against poaching

18 May 2015

Addo Elephant National Park’s fight against rhino poaching was stepped up a notch in April when it took ownership of a Polaris all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and a specially designed “rhino anti-poaching” trailer for use in the field.  This was thanks to a financial injection from the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising programme’s MyPlanet Rhino Fund (administered by the Endangered Wildlife Trust) for the ATV and the Rhino Action Group Effort (RAGE) and TW Steel’s donation of one of only four-of-its-kind trailers.

Bird mortalities in the Wilderness Lakes Area

11 May 2015

SANParks has received the first report from the State Vet who was consulted to conduct extensive tests on birds subsequent to recent bird kills. ‘Clinical Tests have come back negative for avian influenza (bird flu) and Newcastle disease’. 

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