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Media Release: High seas cause damage on Bird Island

05 September 2008

Addo Elephant National Park rangers were evacuated from Bird Island in Algoa Bay in the Eastern Cape on Monday, 1st September, when high seas caused the water level to move about 15 meters inland.

Media Release: Bird Island Trip On Offer

20 June 2008

Birders and nature lovers will jump at the opportunity to join a boat trip to Bird Island in Algoa Bay, home to the largest breeding colony of Cape gannets in the world.

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

05 May 2008

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.

Addo Newsletter: January/February 2008

12 March 2008

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: Colloborative Efforts Between Law Enforcement Partners Intensify

31 January 2008

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

25 January 2008

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.

Five New Cottages to be Opened in Addo Main Camp

04 December 2007

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

29 November 2007

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

29 November 2007

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.

Kruger Scientists in Addo National Park

03 November 2007

“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

09 October 2007

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!!

14 August 2007

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.

Addo Website Maintenance

30 April 2007

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

30 April 2007

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

27 March 2007

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...

Nominations for the 2007 Kudu Awards Begin

07 March 2007

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...

Addo Leopard on 50/50

31 January 2007

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

30 January 2007

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...

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