South African National Parks (SANParks) is a proud recipient of a brand new Airbus AS-350B3e helicopter with night flying capability, made available with funding from the US based Howard G Buffet Foundation (HGBF).
You are cordially invited to ‘Tea and a Talk’, presented by SANParks Honorary Rangers, Midrand Region.
The Area Manager of the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park, Sandra Taljaard says "members of the public may have recently noticed bird mortalities in some of the lakes of the Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park. South African National Parks is aware of this situation and is closely monitoring and investigating the matter".
In the interest of public safety, as well as for the protection of the environmental integrity of the Silvermine and Tokai sections of Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), park management decided that these two areas will remain closed to the public until further notice.
The team in the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) is prioritizing partnerships in rescue missions in the forestry areas as well as water bodies. A prime example this week was a training session held with the Eden Metro Emergency Services (EMS).
Camdeboo National Park’s now well-known Valley by Moonlight event certainly kept guests entertained on Friday evening.
The Department of Environmental Affairs has announced that the deadline for inputs by organisations, individuals and stakeholders to the Committee of Inquiry investigating the feasibility of a rhino horn trade is 13 March 2015.
Teams have moved into a full scale mopping up operation after the fires that raged through Table Mountain National Park for almost a week, was extinguished. A worried eye is being kept on the weather though because fears remain that the fires could flare up again.
The Kruger National Park (KNP) will once again host multitude of scientists and researchers from around the world at the 13th annual Savanna Science Network Meeting which is taking place from 9-12 March 2015 at the Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre in Skukuza. The meeting will host about 200 delegates representing 70 different institutions from 12 countries.
Three of South Africa’s top birders (Chris Lotz, Trevor Hardaker and Jason Boyce) are representing South Africa in the annual migration challenge “Champions of the Flyway” held in Israel every March. Their team is called Birding Ecotours.
8 March 2015 - It is with great sadness that we must announce that one of the Working on Fire helicopter pilots, Mr Hendrik Willem Marais, was killed whilst attempting to make a forced landing.
The chairperson of the SANParks Board, Mr Kuseni Dlamini, has expressed condolences on behalf of the Board, Management and staff to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr Willem Hendrick ‘Bees’ Marias, who tragically died in a helicopter accident while fighting fires in the Cape Point section of Table Mountain National Park today.
The fires at the Cape Point section inside the Table Mountain National Park continues to burn with crews basically forced to stand down at 23h00pm last night due to strong wind conditions making the situation extremely challenging for those on site with total costs of fighting the fires now climbing towards the R5 million mark.
The South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced a partnership with the Peace Parks Parks Foundation (PPF) as part of the Rhino Protection Programme (RPP) which will see R2.4-million allocated towards assisting with the care of rhino which have been injured and orphaned as a result of rhino poaching. The Kruger National Park has been particularly affected by rhino poaching and in the course of 2014 SANParks rescued 16 rhino orphans, of which 12 went to specialist care and 4 were placed with surrogate mothers in holding bomas managed by SANParks.
5 March 2015: The cost of containing the multiple fires on Table Mountain National Park continues to rise. Current estimates are that the infrastructure damage in the National Park alone, since the fires started is already more than R5 million.
The latest update on the fires in the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), as on Friday, 6 March 2015.
Minister Edna Molewa briefs the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on steps taken to address illegal wildlife trade.
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A total of 44 confiscated cycads, stolen near the town of Jansenville in the Eastern Cape, will be replanted in Addo Elephant National Park. The cycads are estimated to be at least 500 years old.
South African National Parks (SANParks) is revising the park management plan for Addo Elephant National Park (AENP). The purpose of the park management plan is to guide the future management of the park for the period 2015 – 2025.
Speech delivered by SANParks Chief Executive, Mr Fundisile Mketeni at the celebration of the World Wildlife event at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park on 3 March 2015.
A fire that started in the early hours of Sunday morning on the Muizenberg Mountains has spread significantly, all vegetation of the Silvermine section of Table Mountain National Park has been burnt and the infrastructure including office buildings, campsites, board walks continue to be at risk.
Augrabies Falls National park was once again very fortunate to have received funding from the Virtual Rangers for the ‘Far Schools’ initiative.
The SANParks Honorary Rangers, Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and Table Mountain National Park celebrated the hand-back of the newly renovated People’s Trail Hut.
South African National Parks (SANParks) has various plans in place to deal with safety and security in the park often lede to break-through’s such as the arrest of two serial muggers positively identified by the Table Mountain Visitor Safety Unit Rangers on Signal Hill in Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).
Criminals in the Addo area of the Eastern Cape poached more than fifty irreplaceable cycads over Valentine’s weekend. Two truckloads of cycad, many reaching between 3 and 4.5 meters high, were confiscated by authorities. These plants are slow growing and are between 500 and 1000 years old. An aerial census of the area identified more dug up cycads in the veld.
The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa has congratulated South African law-enforcement authorities combating rhinoceros-related crime, on being awarded Certificates of Commendation by CITES. It is the first time South Africa has been afforded this accolade.
The concerted efforts of the Eden District Municipality to host the upcoming Man and Biosphere (MAB) workshop in Wilderness, resulted in the Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) declaring its first Open Day for 2015.
We would hereby like to invite you to participate in an online survey to determine the needs and requirements of hikers.
12 February 2015: Following a second mugging on Saturday 8 January 2015 in approximately the same vicinity of a previous mugging three weeks ago, Table Mountain National Park rangers have launched a massive manhunt for the perpetrators. Rangers are daily combing the area in their search to prevent and apprehend the suspects.
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