Following an extended three week operation in mountainous terrain and through a number of river valleys, a three year old male lion that escaped from the Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West has been successfully recaptured.
The Kruger National Park (KNP) will showcase its tourism products at the Innibos Show which takes place on 1 – 4 July 2015 in Nelspruit. The idea is to afford clients an opportunity to have one on one interaction with KNP Staff, discussing various tourism and conservation related issues.
Senior Section Ranger, Jonathan Britton has given an account of the recent fish kills in Swartvlei. According to Britton, ‘the numbers of dead fish collected have decreased significantly. Below is a summary of the numbers collected so far each day from the 22nd June until the 25th:
- Monday 22 June: 35
- Tuesday 23 June: 85
- Wednesday 24 June: 4
- Thursday 25 June: 9
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.
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.
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.
World wildlife conference in Johannesburg in 2016 will bring the global community together to tackle the world's biggest wildlife challenges and opportunities.
SANParks wishes a blessed Ramadan Kareem
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.
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.
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.
Leriba Hotel and Spa in Centurion hosted “Die Oesfees” / The Harvest Festival at Centurion from 1 - 3 May 2015.
Neighbouring farmers to the Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West have been asked to be on the lookout for a lion which escaped from the Park on Friday, 5 June.
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.
The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs B E E Molewa, today, June 6 2015, called on all South Africans to embrace the environment if the nation wanted an economically stable and sustainable future for all.
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.
The SANParks E-Business department would like to apologise to our private clients and business partners for the slow speeds experienced on the SANParks.org website recently.
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).
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.
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.
The 16th Kruger National Park (KNP) Achievement Awards took place on the 29th of May 2015, in Skukuza. The award recipients displayed great pleasure and pride as they walked the stage to collect their prizes.
29 May 2015 - The fight against rhino poaching was bolstered with the handover of four 4X4 forensic trailers to SANParks, the North West Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism, as well as to the Limpopo Department of Environment and Tourism and the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency.
Birds, bugs, trees, cats, seahorses, flowers and raging fires – it’s all in the June edition of the SANParks Times.
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.
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.
The 2015 Kudu Awards organized by South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) and Total SA has opened for entries.
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.
The Afromontane forests of the Southern Cape, most of them part of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) are up for a listing on the World Heritage List (UNESCO- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation).
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.
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.
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