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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
“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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!
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...
The Honorary Ranger’s of the Addo region held their annual golf day on the the 11th August 2006 at the Humewood Golf Course.
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?
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...
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...
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 : http://www.sanparks.org/conservation/park_man/
Shouts of “Action!”, “Cut!” and “Quiet on set please!” briefly transformed parts of Addo Elephant National Park into a film set at the end of June 2006 when 19 crew and cast members of the popular South African SABC soap opera, Isidingo, arrived in the park for a 3 day shoot.
The Honorary Rangers of the Addo Elephant National Park (AENP) are once again organising their Annual Golf Day. This year it will be held on Friday the 11 August at the Humewood Golf Club.
Today, five pairs of oribi were released in the Addo Elephant National Park on the Langvlakte Contractual property.
This is a significant introduction as oribi (Ourebia ourebi) are classified as “endangered” on the IUCN Red Data List. In addition, this is the first time this highly specialised antelope species has been introduced to the Addo Elephant National Park.
Addo Elephant National Park celebrates once again this month after winning Professional Management Review (PMR) Golden Arrow Awards for Best Tourism Project and Best National Park in the Eastern Cape.
The awards are based on a survey conducted by PMR in January 2006 which collected 4 566 ratings from the Eastern Cape’s business, local government and provincial government sectors.