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Media Release: Addo Elephant National Park Hosts SA's Only 100-Mile Trail Run

Date: 2008-05-05

The only 100-Mile Trail Run in the country was hosted in Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape today and yesterday. Designed to test trail runners both mentally and physically, the trail tracks the mountains and valleys of the Park. Runners are challenged to run primarily on tracks within the park itself as well as some stretches of gravel roads.

Sundays River Canoe and Eco-adventure Activities Concession in the Addo Elephant NP

Date: 2008-04-11

Please take note that the Request for Proposal (RFP) and Information Memorandum documents will be available on this web page by 16h00 on Monday the 14th of April 2008.

A Bright Future for Young Entrepreneurs in Addo Elephant National Park

Date: 2008-03-20

In a collaborative effort between the Port Elizabeth College, the Mining Qualifications Authority, PPC and the Sundays River Valley Municipality (SRVM), 40 creative young people are being trained in indigenous jewellery design in the Addo Elephant National Park.

Addo Newsletter: January/February 2008

Date: 2008-03-12

This is a general newsletter – sent out on a bimonthly basis - about the latest happenings and developments in the Addo Elephant National Park.

Media Release: SANParks and Eastern Cape Parks Sign Collaboration Agreement

Date: 2008-02-27

Today (Tuesday, 25 February, 2008) the Chief Executives of South African National Parks (SANParks) and Eastern Cape Parks signified their commitment to collaborate on conservation and tourism issues in a Technical Cooperation Agreement.

Media Release: Colloborative Efforts Between Law Enforcement Partners Intensify

Date: 2008-01-31

On the eve of the closure of the wild abalone commercial fishery and the implementation of the diving ban, sixteen people involved in illegal diving in the Bird Island Marine Protected Area (MPA) were arrested yesterday, Wednesday 30 January, during collaborative compliance efforts between officials from the South African National Parks (SANParks) and the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s (DEAT) marine and coastal management division.

Media Release: Addo Elephant National Park Golf Day

Date: 2008-01-25

The Honorary Rangers of the Addo Elephant National Park are organising their 3rd annual golf day on 6 June 2008 at Humewood Golf Club in Port Elizabeth. All funds raised will assist towards the further improvement of facilities and conservation support work at the Addo Elephant National Park, the prime tourism destination in the Eastern Cape.

Canadian Girl Sets Example for Youngsters Across the Globe

Date: 2007-12-26

Nine-year old Lola Douglas of Toronto, Canada was so inspired by what she heard about conservation in South Africa that she collected R900 to donate to Addo Elephant National Park.

Five New Cottages to be Opened in Addo Main Camp

Date: 2007-12-04

Five new cottages in Addo Elephant National Park’s Main Camp will become available to visitors from 15 December 2007. Finishing touches on the new units are currently being completed but the units are already available for booking on the SANParks reservations system.

Media Release: Research is Key to Sustaining Balance in Addo's Ecosystem

Date: 2007-11-29

With the introduction of large predators in 2003, Addo Elephant National Park not only became a haven for the Big Seven but a more dangerous place for the resident herbivores. Kudu, red hartebeest, ostrich, warthog and the largest herd of disease-free Cape buffalo in South Africa have had to become more vigilant to lions and spotted hyena on the prowl. Four years down the line, lions and hyenas have increased their numbers and consequently it has become important to determine exactly what effect these predators are having on prey species.

Media Release: Seized Vessel to be Used in Anti-Poaching Operations

Date: 2007-11-29

Today, a 13-metre inflatable semi-ridged vessel was handed over to South African National Parks (SANParks) Corporate Investigation Services to be used in marine related anti-poaching operations. The handover of the vessel is the result of a joint anti-poaching operation carried out during November 2005, on Bird Island in Algoa Bay by SANParks and Marine & Coastal Management, a division of the Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism.

Media Release: Rhino Collides with Tourist Car

Date: 2007-11-19

A black rhino collided with a tourist car in Addo Elephant National Park this Saturday, the 17th of November, causing extensive damage.

Kruger Scientists in Addo National Park

Date: 2007-11-03

“Monitoring how an ecosystem changes over time is a tricky business and determining how much change you can allow in a system is even more difficult” explained Dr Rina Grant, SANParks Systems Ecologist based in Skukuza. Scientists and managers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) are striving to use an adaptive management system which allows for some changes in the ecosystem but uses detailed monitoring programmes to detect these potential changes and guide management decisions.

Sasol Birding Bonanza: Addo Elephant National Park

Date: 2007-10-09

The Addo Elephant National Park must be one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the Eastern Cape. There are five biomes to be found, from the estuary to the top of the Zuurberg Mountain and on to the freshwater lake in the Karoo. As a result the birding is fantastic with over 400 species, which makes this a birding paradise...

Branding Survey: Complete and Win!!

Date: 2007-08-14

Complete this SANParks branding questionnaire by the 17 August 2007 and stand a chance to win a 2-night midweek break for 2 (two) adults and 2 (two) children in one of the South African National Parks.

Faecal Analysis Gives Insight Into Addo Elephant Population

Date: 2007-08-07

Researchers in the Addo Elephant National Park are investigating the presence and levels of various hormones in elephant dung to create a more detailed picture of how the Addo elephant population functions.

Addo Website Maintenance

Date: 2007-04-30

Please note that the Addo Elephant National Park website is undergoing routine maintenance. This should be complete by the the 2 May 2007. We do apologise for anything that appears incomplete on the website between 30 April and 2 May 2007.

Addo Elephant Trail Run

Date: 2007-04-30

Despite heavy bouts of rain and cold conditions, 16 runners successfully completed the third annual 100-mile (160-kilometre) Addo Elephant Trail Run through the Addo Elephant National Park today.

Addo Birding Bonanza

Date: 2007-03-27

The honorary rangers of the Greater Addo Elephant National Park present an exciting birding experience from 26 - 28 October when we hold our Addo Birding Bonanza...

Web Community Choice Award: Nominations Open!

Date: 2007-03-26

In light of suggestions made by the SANParks website community, the 2007 Kudu and Chief Executive Awards now include a Website Community Choice Award.

Nominations for the 2007 Kudu Awards Begin

Date: 2007-03-07

If you know of individuals or organisations who are making a significant contribution to conservation in South Africa, please read more about the SANParks Kudu Awards, download the Award Categories and fill in a nomination form...

Media Release: “Go Wild” Addo Elephant National Park Honorary Rangers Annual Golf Day

Date: 2007-02-26

The Honorary Rangers of the Addo Elephant National Park are once again organising their Annual Golf Day. This year it will be held on Friday, 18th May at the Humewood Golf Club in Port Elizabeth.

Addo Leopard on 50/50

Date: 2007-01-31

Dear Colleagues A leopard that was rescued on a farm in the Baviaans area and released into the Darlington section of Addo Elephant National Park in December will be featured on SABC TV program 50/50 on Sunday afternoon, 4 February. We hope you’ll tune in to watch it!

Addo's Alexandria Hiking Trail

Date: 2007-01-30

Explore Addo's diversity by doing the two-day Alexandria Hiking Trail, which leads the hiker through three distinctly different environments, ranging from forests to coastal dunes to sea-shore. No other trail in the country can boast this diversity, as you clamber up the desert-like dunes and stand aloft cliffs crumbling into the sea, trek through high forest, and along spectacular beaches...

Media Release: New Boat to Aid Conservation of Marine Resources

Date: 2006-11-26

Conservation of valuable marine resources in the Addo Elephant National Park received a significant boost today with the acquisition of a new boat...

HR's Addo Golf Day a Success!

Date: 2006-10-26

The Honorary Ranger’s of the Addo region held their annual golf day on the the 11th August 2006 at the Humewood Golf Course.

"Memory Making" at Addo Elephant National Park

Date: 2006-09-21

Do you remember the first time you went on a school trip and left the community where you were born and raised? Or the first time you lazed under tall trees on a spring day and had a picnic? Do you remember the first time you saw a lion? Or an elephant?

Media Release: Joint Rescue Effort for Oiled Penguins

Date: 2006-09-05

Forty-six oiled African penguins will today be rescued from Addo Elephant National Park’s Bird Island in a joint rescue effort. Park rangers stationed on Bird Island first noticed the oiled penguins on Wednesday, 30th of August, and began the rescue process. It is not clear where the oil spill that is affecting these penguins is situated, as no ships have been registered as run aground...

Minister Opens New Access Road at Addo Elephant National Park’s 75th Year Celebrations

Date: 2006-08-16

New areas for conservation and new opportunities for the communities living adjacent to the Addo Elephant National Park were opened up today by Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk with the official opening of the new southern access road in the Park.Minister Opens New Access Road at Addo Elephant National Park’s 75th Year Celebrations...

Draft Park Management Plan

Date: 2006-08-02

Here is the draft management plan for Addo Elephant National Park. The management plans are also in the process of discussion with stakeholders at scheduled park-specific meetings. Details regarding the time, place and venues for these meetings can be obtained from park management. For more information, visit :

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