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Lions escape from the Kruger National Park

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:01 pm

10 July 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) has received information that four male lions, believed to have escaped from the Kruger National Park (KNP) last night, 9 July 2017, were spotted at Matsulu, a village outside the Park. SANParks would like to urge the residents to exercise extra caution.

“KNP Rangers and their counterparts at the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) are in the area searching for the lions and we will give details as soon as they have appraised us”, said KNP’s spokesperson, William Mabasa.

SANParks would like to reiterate that residents should be extra vigilant and report any sightings of these dangerous predators to the authorities on 0800 10111.

Further updates will follow until all the lions have been successfully captured.

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South African National Parks (SANParks) - Kruger National Park: Communications & Marketing

Media enquiries:
William Mabasa
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Tel: 013 735 4363; Cell: 082 807 3919
Email: william.mabasa@sanparks.org

Janine Raftopoulos,br/> SANParks Head of Communications
Tel: 012 426 5170; Cell: 071 444 3121
Email: Janine.raftopoulos@sanparks.org

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Re: Lions escape from the Kruger National Park

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:12 pm

ESCAPED LIONS SEARCH CONTINUES

SANParks together with Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) officials made every effort yesterday and overnight to lure and catch the four lions that were first sighted wandering near the N4 / Crocodile River gorge area which is managed by MTPA.

“Since the first light all efforts are and will continue to be made by MTPA officials, with the support of SANParks to locate either the lions themselves or any recent sign of their presence so that a joint operation to capture the lions can be launched,” states SANParks General Manager - Veterinary Wildlife Services, Dr Markus Hofmeyr.

Hofmeyr indicated that the lions are currently believed to be in very rocky, mountainous and thickly wooded uninhabited areas south of the Crocodile gorge, and the MTPA have very experienced staff dealing with the situation, and together with SANParks every effort will be made to locate and capture them. “SANParks is working very closely with MTPA officials to secure the capture of the lions and our rangers, air wing and veterinarians are on immediate standby to provide any further support required by MTPA to capture the lions”.

It is important to note that the lion population has grown exponentially and is an attributing factor to young males looking to own new territories within the Park. This is as a result of naturally occurring factors like drought which we have seen in the last two years, allowing for an abundance of animals for predators like lions to feed on, and an increase in their population. The fence is surrounding the Park and is largely a disease control intervention managed by the National Department of Agriculture and serves primarily to keep wild animals from getting into contact with livestock. It is unlikely that the four lions that have been spotted in the Matsulu area are the same as the lions that escaped two months ago in the Komatipoort area.

These animals should be treated as dangerous and should not be approached or interfered with in any way or for any reason. Should anyone see the lions or any sign of their presence they should immediately make contact with MTPA officials at 083 626 6792, SANParks on 076 801 9679 or 013 735 0197/4064 or SAPS on 080010111.

For previous media statements please go to http://www.sanparks.org

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Media enquiries
William Mabasa, Communications & Marketing General Manager, KNP. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: william.mabasa@sanparks.org

Or
Janine Raftopoulos, SANParks Head of Communications. Contact: Tel: 012 426 5170, cell: 071 444 3121 or email: Janine.raftopoulos@sanparks.org

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Re: Lions escape from the Kruger National Park

Unread post by manicwalker » Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:19 am

:naughty: :naughty: :rtm:
Naughty Lions...dont they know the rules :hmz:
Lets :pray: :pray: they can be recaptured before they or any person gets harmed... :pray:
Thanks Elsa,.....For the info and thanks to all involved in finding the lions... :thumbs_up:

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Re: Lions escape from the Kruger National Park

Unread post by Philip1 » Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:12 pm

I believe three have been shot. :(
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Re: Lions escape from the Kruger National Park

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:18 pm

Listen to the interview here - gives all the detail:

http://www.enca.com/south-africa/kruger-lions-shot
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Re: Lions escape from the Kruger National Park

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:45 pm

And another report from SANParks

13 July 2017
ESCAPED LIONS SPOTTED IN THE MARA VALLEY

The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) and SANParks officials received a report that one of the farm owners in the Mara Valley shot one lion and wounded another after a lion killed his cattle. The carcass of the cow was found within the vicinity of the farm.
The officials who are currently on site using the Kruger National Park helicopter managed to find the remainder of the lions close to the carcass of the cow. The team is operating in a difficult and extremely challenging terrain which made darting a difficult option.
“We have a dedicated and experienced team on site that has been working tirelessly to locate and capture these lions. Unfortunately after all efforts were made and the risk of having a wounded lion roaming around, a decision had to be taken to destroy them”, said Mr Abe Sibiya, Head of Biodiversity at MTPA.

For the past few days baits were placed at various strategic points however there has been no progress until today. The team worked under a lot of pressure to ensure that progress was made on this search.
“We would like to thank SANParks officials for providing all the necessary support and resources to assist us in this operation. The continuous alerts received from the farm owners and community in the area assisted the team to be on constant alert” concluded Sibiya.

The community and farm owners are urged to continue to contact us in future if such incidences occur. MTPA 083 626 6792, SANParks on 076 801 9679 or 013 735 0197/4064 or SAPS on 080010111.

Issued jointly by
Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency and SANParks

Media enquiries:
Ms. Kholofelo Nkambule: Senior Manager Communications & PR: MTPA Cell: +27 82 451 2548 | kholofelo.nkambule@mtpa.co.za
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Ms. Janine Raftopoulos: Head of Communications: SANParks
Cell: +27 71 444 3121 | raftopoulos@sanparks.org

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Re: Lions escape from the Kruger National Park

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:21 pm

I'm sure it was a carefully considered decision.... But so sad .... :cry: :cry:

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Re: Lions escape from the Kruger National Park

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:43 pm

It is so sad Karin, and I'm sure not the outcome the SANParks rangers would have liked.

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Re: Lions escape from the Kruger National Park

Unread post by manicwalker » Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:49 am

:cry: :cry: :cry:

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Re: Lions escape from the Kruger National Park

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:38 am

#LetsGetTheFacts : Media engagement by SANParks following the escape of five Lions in the Kruger National Park (May 2017) - listen for answers to how do lions/animals escape; is it often; what about compensation?
Listen here
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Re: Lions escape from the Kruger National Park

Unread post by G@mespotter » Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:45 am

From the Q&A posted by Dinkybird (from 28:30 - 31:30 minutes) Danie Pienaar discusses the Damage Causing Animal Policy. Listen to it (small part has disturbing noise). Therefore SANParks does in fact have a compensation policy in place to compensate for loss of livestock etc. However there is a strict process (from 30:33). This process seems to entail that that the situation of killed livestock must be reported immediatly (without delay), the owner must be able to prove his ownership of the killed livestock, prove that it was killed by wild animals (from Kruger) and provide photographs. All for obvious reasons IMHO. An official SANParks invetigation is held and if it meets these requirements, compensation will folow. It is done to have a good relationship with the neighbouring farmers. There even is a payment scale for various sorts of livestock. It is explained that there are around 20 incidents a year where livestock is compensated, amounting to compensation of R400.000, which is a very small amount in light of the bigger picture (according to Danie Pienaar).
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Re: Lions escape from the Kruger National Park

Unread post by Crested Val » Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:31 pm

I would urge everyone to listen to this Q & A session.
I have just done so myself, and it is most interesting. It doesn't cover the latest incident (maybe that will be covered as well) but it covers the escape in May of the 5 lions, which had similar circumstances (though sadly not similar outcomes.)

G@mespotter, has highlighted some of the content, but there is much more!!

Go listen!!! :thumbs_up:
I long each day for my beloved Kruger!!!! :thumbs_up:


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