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The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Needs Your Help!

20 December 2007

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - a spectacular desert landscape dominated by red dunes and scrublands that support herds of gemsbok, springbok, eland, blue wildebeest, huge black-mane lions, leopards and raptors - needs your help!

Water in the Kgalagadi is a scarce resource, but essential to sustain plant and animal life dispersed throughout its 3,6 million hectares. With a dire shortage of equipment, the park is struggling to ensure that adequate water is supplied to the waterholes that provide a lifeline to much of the parks wildlife.

While the rangers do their utmost to have the Kgalagadi waterholes functional at all times, they are working in challenging circumstances. Many of the Kgalagadi waterholes are in need of major maintenance, or new equipment all together. Donations are needed for the purchase of solar powered pumps, solar panels and plastic tanks.

"More pumps will mean that standby pumps can be installed in boreholes while other pumps are being repaired, the solar panels will provide optimum power to the pumps so that optimum water delivery is achieved and more tanks will make sure that reserve water is made available until a pump can either be repaired or be replaced by a standby pump", explains Twee Rivieren section ranger, Nardus du Plessis.

You can help by making a donation towards new equipment for the Kgalagadi waterholes via the SANParks website. Donors should select "Any Project" and then send an e-mail confirming the amount donated, and specify that it is for the Kgalagadi Waterholes, to e-commerce manager Nedret Saidova. These e-mails will be kept confidential and are for administrative purposes only.

While the sums needed to the whole of the park are large, improving the waterholes one by one will already make a difference, and the Park will keep donors, and members of the public, informed about their progress via the SANParks website.

For a better understanding of the Kgalagadi landscape wildlife, you can now also 'visit' the Kgalagadi via the webcam installed at Nossob.