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Media Release: Regional Achievements Awards for SANParks Northern Region Parks

Date: 2016-06-21

Parks in the Northern Cluster of South African National Parks (SANParks) consisting of three national parks (Mapungubwe National Park & World Heritage Site, Marakele National Park and Golden Gate Highlands National Park) celebrated their employees at an Achievement Awards function that took place on Monday 20 June 2016 at Golden Gate Hotel in the Free State. 

Media Release: SANParks arrests two Field Rangers for alleged poaching

Date: 2016-06-20

South African National Parks (SANParks) today (Monday, 20 June 2016) confirmed the arrest of two Field Rangers at Nwanedzi Ranger Section of the Kruger National Park (KNP) on 18 June 2016 for alleged involvement in rhino poaching activities. 

Media Release: SANParks is fully committed to its Transfrontier Park Agreements

Date: 2016-06-20

South African National Parks (SANParks) refutes the several media reports that seem to suggest that the organisation is putting blame on the portion of the fence that has been dropped between the Kruger National Park and Limpopo National Park as part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park agreement. 

Golden Gate Highlands National Park nominated in the Lilizela Tourism Awards 2016

Date: 2016-06-17

Our very own Golden Gate Highlands National Park (GGHNP) has received four nominations in the Lilizela Tourism Awards 2016. Please follow the links below to vote for GGHNP. The closing date for voting is 19 June 2016.

Father's Day Buffet Special on offer at MZNP Restaurant

Date: 2016-06-17

Celebrate your Dad at Mountain Zebra National Park Restaurant this Father’s Day on 19 June 2016. The restaurant will be open as usual and the a la carte menu will be available. Also on offer will be a Father’s Day Buffet Special:

Youth and the environment

Date: 2016-06-15

The People and Conservation (P&C) department of the Knysna Section of the Garden Route National Park ran a creative writing competition for all grade six learners from all the schools in the Knysna area for Environment Month. Our People & Conservation intern for Knysna, Nondumiso Myataza managed this project for the Park. Written essays were in three languages (English, isiXhosa and Afrikaans). Nondumiso says "learners were required to write an answer to the question: Why should we Conserve Our Oceans."

Media Release: Let MZNP take care of the kids these June - July holidays

Date: 2016-06-15

As a parent, are you already wondering about what to do with the kids over the upcoming school holidays?  If you’ll be in or around Mountain Zebra National Park near Cradock, the Park’s got just what you need in the form of a two-week long holiday programme running from Tuesday 28 June to Saturday 9 July.

Media Release: Mokala MTB Classic

Date: 2016-06-10

The Mokala Mountain bike Classic, hosted in Mokala National Park on 4 and 5 June, was a huge success. The event was presented by the Honorary Rangers - Diamantveld Region and proudly sponsored by Dunlop, Auto Tyre and Kelrn.

An invitation to the SANParks Fundraising Golf Day 2016

Date: 2016-06-09

We are pleased to announce the inaugural SANParks Golf Day on the 20th of July 2016 at Centurion Country Club.

Media Release: South Africa celebrates World Oceans Day

Date: 2016-06-08

Today, 08 June 2016, marks the annual celebration of World Oceans Day (WOD). This day is aimed at appreciating, protecting, restoring and honouring ecosystem services and resources provided by our oceans. 

Media Release: SANParks takes a stand to protect our oceans

Date: 2016-06-08

As part of National Environment Month, South African National Parks (SANParks) today (8 June 2016) celebrates World Oceans Day under the theme, ‘Healthy oceans, Healthy planet’ and calls on the public to make an extra special effort to stop plastic pollution in our oceans. The concept of a 'World Oceans Day' was first proposed at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and officially started in 2008. 

Media Release: SANParks concerned about the use of mobile apps to alert patrons on sightings

Date: 2016-06-08

The introduction of mobile applications designed to share information on interesting animal sightings in national parks, particularly in the iconic Kruger National Park, has become a major cause for concern for South African National Parks (SANParks). The rise in the use of these applications has resulted in an increased rate of lawlessness in the Parks including speeding, congestion at sightings as well as road kills caused by guests rushing to and congregating around these sightings.

Media Release: The 2016 Kudu Awards open for entries

Date: 2016-06-07

The South African National Parks’ 2016 Kudu Awards in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) and Total SA has opened for entries as from today, 07 June 2016. 

Media Release: Marakele National Park implements “Walk and Learn on the Wild Side” project

Date: 2016-06-07

Marakele National Park became the first Park in the Northern region of SANParks to host the “Walk and Learn on the Wild Side" project (WALOW). Marakele kick-started the programme in May 2016 where a total of eight schools and 169 participants from  both the Waterberg & Moses Kotane District were selected for the duration of the week to be a part of this life changing experience.

Media Release: Golden Gate takes time out to celebrate World Environmental Day

Date: 2016-06-07

Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the Free State gathered learners from Clarens Primary School to celebrate World Environment Day on Friday, 3 June 2016. This day aims to inspire more people to take action to prevent the growing strain on planet earth’s natural systems from reaching breaking point. 

Environment Day helps highlight local challenges

Date: 2016-06-06

With global calls to tackle litter and poaching as major threats to the environment, more locals are encouraged to pool resources to protect and conserve the environment. The call to citizens to help conservation authorities comes a day after the world commemorated World Environment Day (05 June 2016).  

Media Release: SANParks takes the lead in the celebration of wildlife

Date: 2016-06-03

South African National Parks (SANParks) today (05 June 2016) invite every individual who is in this country to join in the celebration of the annual World Environment Day (WED) which is celebrated under the theme “Go Wild for Life: Zero Tolerance for the Illegal Wildlife Trade.

Video: Sylvester finds a new home at Addo

Date: 2016-06-01

Nicknamed “Sylvester” in the media, the three-and-a-half year old male was successfully relocated from Karoo National Park just outside Beaufort West to Addo Elephant National Park’s Kuzuko contractual area about two hours outside Port Elizabeth. He’ll be calling a boma within an existing 200ha enclosure (which houses two nearly two-year-old lionesses) home for the next few months. The hope is that over time, the three will bond and form their own pride, led by Sylvester.

Media Release: Record R48m contribution by SANParks Honorary Rangers celebrated

Date: 2016-06-01

SANParks has welcomed a record R48m contribution made by the SANParks Honorary Rangers volunteer organisation last year in cash, kind and work done in its 21 national parks.

Media Release: KNP majestic as it celebrates its birthday

Date: 2016-06-01

In celebration of the Kruger National Park (KNP) birthday on 31 May 2016, KNP Management would like to encourage guests and staff at large to join in the celebrations by sharing what the Park means to them. 

SANParks Times June edition

Date: 2016-05-31

The SANParks Times winter edition is out, just in time to celebrate World Environmental Day on June 5. Grab your copy and read how Kruger’s rhino orphans benefit from surrogate mothers plus some tip-offs on the coming flower season.  

Media Release: Whale mass-stranding training session held at False Bay

Date: 2016-05-31

On Saturday 28 May 2016, 90 local members of the South African Stranding Network (SASN) attended a three hour training session that was jointly presented by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Branch Oceans and Coasts and the City of Cape Town (COCT) at the NSRI Strandfontein beach rescue centre. During the training session two life-like model whales were used in simulations of rescue procedures for stranded cetaceans that have been adopted under a National Response Plan developed by this network and coordinated by the DEA. 

Media Release: Karoo lion finds a new home at Addo

Date: 2016-05-27

Just over a week shy of the anniversary of his initial escape from Karoo National Park, and the lion which went on a second walk-about in March this year arrived safely at his new home in Addo Elephant National Park this afternoon (27 May 2016).

Media Release: Karoo lion finds a new home at Addo

Date: 2016-05-27

Just over a week shy of the anniversary of his initial escape from Karoo National Park, and the lion which went on a second walk-about in March this year arrived safely at his new home in Addo Elephant National Park this afternoon (27 May 2016).

Media Release: Wild dog pack succumb to Canine Distemper

Date: 2016-05-27

The Kruger National Park (KNP) lost a pack of African Wild dogs, known as the Lower Sabie pack from a disease called Canine Distemper, towards the weekend of 21-22 May 2016. The disease commonly affects domestic dogs and can also spill over to the wildlife such as the African wild dogs, hyenas, lions and jackals. 

Media Release: Dramatic escalation in fight against poaching as suspected poachers fire on SANParks helicopter

Date: 2016-05-26

The Minister of Environmental Affairs Ms. Edna Molewa has congratulated SANParks and law-enforcement authorities for their sterling work in averting a catastrophe, after suspected poachers fired on a SANParks helicopter in the Kruger National Park (KNP).

Media Release: SANParks takes a Girl Child to Work

Date: 2016-05-26

South African National Parks (SANParks) today (26 May 2016) participated in Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work event  at SANParks Head Office in Pretoria. This year marks the 14th year since the inception of this initiative.

Tshokwane and Afsaal temporarily suspend their kitchen facility service

Date: 2016-05-26

The kitchen facility service at Tshokwane and Afsaal Picnic Spots in the Kruger National Park (KNP) will temporarily be suspended due to renovation work taking place as from 26 May 2016 until further notice. 

Kruger National Park interacts with stakeholders at Middelburg Mall

Date: 2016-05-25

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will, as part of its marketing activities, showcase its tourism products and services at the Middleburg Mall on 26 - 29 May 2016 between 09:00 - 18:00. The exhibition is meant to afford existing and prospective clients an opportunity to have one on one interaction with KNP Staff members and discuss various tourism and conservation related issues. 

Media Release: Karoo lion heading to Addo soon

Date: 2016-05-25

The lion which captured the imagination of the world when he escaped from Karoo National Park for a second time earlier this year will be relocated to Addo Elephant National Park on Friday (27 May 2016).

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