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Media Release: Addo Elephant National Park best in Region

27 September 2016

Addo Elephant National Park (AENP) walked away with three major wins at this year’s South African National Parks Frontier Region awards evening in Graaff-Reinet. The awards take place annually, and give recognition to individuals, teams and parks for outstanding service in the previous financial year. The Frontier Region is made up of the Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Karoo and Mountain Zebra National Parks. The awards bestowed were for excellent performance during the 2015/16 financial year.

Media Release: Free visits to regional SANParks sees good growth

27 September 2016

The number of people who visited the five South African National Parks (SANParks) in the Frontier Region (Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Garden Route, Karoo and Mountain Zebra National Parks) saw good growth compared to the same period last year.  The eleventh annual South African National Parks Week was celebrated from 12 – 16 September, with some parks extending free entry to the weekends, and afforded all South African citizens the opportunity to visit national parks at no cost on day visits.

Media Release: Free entry to National Parks from Addo to Karoo

05 September 2016

The annual SA National Parks Week (SANPW) campaign will take place from 12 to 16 September 2016. During this week, South African citizens have free access to most of the country’s national parks. In the Frontier Region of SANParks this includes Addo Elephant, Garden Route, Camdeboo (surrounding Graaff-Reinet), Mountain Zebra (near Cradock) and Karoo (outside Beaufort West) National Parks.

Media Release: SANParks, SANCCOB and NSRI release rehabilitated penguins

15 September 2016

Marine rangers from Addo Elephant National Park (AENP), the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), and the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) released 72 rehabilitated African penguins back into their colony at St Croix Island following a recent oil spill in Algoa Bay (off the coast of Port Elizabeth) today.

Media Release: Free entry to National Parks from Addo to Karoo

01 September 2016

The annual SA National Parks Week (SANPW) campaign will take place from 12 to 16 September 2016.  During this week, South African citizens have free access to most of the country’s national parks.  In the Frontier Region of SANParks this includes Addo Elephant, Garden Route, Camdeboo (surrounding Graaff-Reinet), Mountain Zebra (near Cradock) and Karoo (outside Beaufort West) National Parks.

Media Release: Oil slicked penguins removed from Addo Islands

31 August 2016

<p class="leading">Over the past two days, 45 penguins have been rescued off Bird and St Croix islands, which form part of the Addo Elephant National Park, after an oil spill adjacent to St Croix on Sunday 14 September 2016.</p>

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.

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 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: 100 Mile route through Addo Elephant National Park Internationally Accredited

10 February 2016

With less than a month to go until runners take their marks in this year’s Addo Elephant Trail Run, those participating in the 100 mile event have something extra special to look forward to. The newly cleared route they will be running has recently been accredited by the International Trail Running Association (ITRA). This means that participants across all categories – 44km, 76km and the 160km (100 mile) – will now be able to earn points as qualifiers for other local and international trail races. Race sponsors PPC Ltd will also be offering the less adventurous runner the opportunity to enjoy the majesty of the area with the PPC 5km fun run.

Media Release: Addo's hottest day on record

02 February 2016

The official maximum temperature for Addo Elephant National Park yesterday (01 February 2016) reached an all-time record, since measurements started in 2005.

Media Release: SANParks Rangers successfully arrested abalone poachers in Addo

14 October 2015

A high speed chase in howling winds and rough seas yesterday (13 October 2015) ended when three alleged abalone poachers were arrested and had their vessel and gear confiscated. The three, aged between 28 and 39, were found trespassing in the Addo Elephant National Park (AENP) Bird Island Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Algoa Bay.

Media Release: Addo's famous cubs take next step towards returning to the wild

20 May 2015

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.

Media Release: Addo's new wheels against poaching

18 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.

Media Release: Addo's new Langebos Huts launched

11 February 2015

Set within the picturesque Alexandria Forest in the Woody Cape Section of Addo Elephant National Park, a new, exclusive accommodation offering is set to be a hit with birders, those who enjoy escaping to a private destination under a canopy of trees and others who just wish to “get away from it all”. Prospective visitors with a special interest in botany, trees, ferns and mushrooms will also delight in using this accommodation as their base from where to explore the forest.  

Media Release: Social Development work pays off

02 December 2014

When it comes to social development within South African National Parks (SANParks), one of the finest examples to look at is Social Development Co-ordinator for Biodiversity Social Projects (BSP), Zukiswa Masela.  Her impeccable work, innovations and achievements in this field were honoured at the organisation’s Kudu Awards ceremony in Johannesburg last week (Thursday 27 November).

Media Release: Free entrants more than triple in Frontier Region parks

22 September 2014

The number of people who visited the four South African National Parks in the Frontier Region (Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Karoo and Mountain Zebra National Parks) during its free entry week more than doubled this year, compared to the same period last year.  The ninth annual South African National Parks Week was celebrated from 8 – 12 September, and afforded all South African citizens the opportunity to visit national parks free of charge for a day visit.

Media Release: Free access to Addo Elephant National Park next week

04 September 2014

Situated only 30 minutes outside Port Elizabeth, Addo Elephant National Park is readying to welcome day visitors at no cost whatsoever all of next week.  South African National Parks Week kicks off on Monday 8 September until Friday 12 September, offering free day visits to all South Africa citizens.  

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