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Media Release: South Africa celebrates World Oceans Day

08 June 2016

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

08 June 2016

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

08 June 2016

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

07 June 2016

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

07 June 2016

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

06 June 2016

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

03 June 2016

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

01 June 2016

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.

SANParks Times June edition

31 May 2016

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

31 May 2016

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

27 May 2016

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

27 May 2016

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

27 May 2016

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: SANParks takes a Girl Child to Work

26 May 2016

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.

Kruger National Park interacts with stakeholders at Middelburg Mall

25 May 2016

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

25 May 2016

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).

Media Release: Mapungubwe commemorates Museums and Africa Day

23 May 2016

Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site was on Friday, 20 May 2016 a hive of activity as the Park celebrated International Day of Museums and also Africa month. International Museums Day is celebrated annually on the 18th May and this year’s theme was “Museums and Cultural Landscapes”. 

Media Release: Inaugural Klipspringer Challenge

18 May 2016

Augrabies Falls National Park was the perfect place to stage a unique and challenging one day race. The first Klipspringer Challenge and the shorter but tough Klipspringer Lite took place on 01 May 2016 and attracted some of the best endurance athletes in the Northern Cape  and the rest of South Africa.  Just over a 100 runners participated in the two races. The Challenge, a 40km race, started at 06h00 and the Lite, a 21km race, started at 06h30. This meant that both races had a dark start, so headlamps was compulsory for every runner. 

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