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Media Release: Top Researchers Meet in Kruger National Park

Date: 2008-04-17

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will host scientists and researchers from around the world at the Sixth Annual SANParks Science Network Meeting which will take place from April 21 – 25, 2008 in the Gold Fields Auditorium at the Stevenson-Hamilton Knowledge Resource Centre in Skukuza.

Media Release: Dam Drained in KNP to Prevent Animal Deaths

Date: 2008-04-15

Kruger National Park rangers and conservation management officials have started draining operations at Silolweni Dam near Tshokwane Picnic Site today (Tuesday April 15, 2008) to prevent algal poisoning of the wildlife in the area.

Beginner's Birding Course in Kruger National Park

Date: 2008-04-14

The West Rand Honorary Rangers are proud to present their inaugral Beginner's Birding Course in Kruger National Park in October 2008. The event will be run along similar lines to the region's very successful Kruger Birding Weekend, which is held in January each year, and sponsored by SASOL.

New KNP Petrol Prices

Date: 2008-04-01

The new petrol prices for KNP have been updated on the website. Petrol and diesel are available at all major camps. As the garages in the park only accept cash or garage cards, you're advised to take sufficient South African Rands with you to pay for your fuel for the duration of your stay.

Media Release: KNP Team Arrest Poaching Syndicate

Date: 2008-03-27

The Kruger National Park (KNP) Managing Executive Dr Bandile Mkhize today praised the quick reaction of a Kruger National Park (KNP) anti-poaching team which arrested three suspected rhino poachers and confiscated two rifles and four freshly harvested rhino horns earlier this week.

Media Release: KNP Guides Get New Training Material

Date: 2008-03-20

The Managing Executive of the Kruger National Park (KNP), Dr Bandile Mkhize received a full set of the park’s new 40 module guide training manual at Skukuza yesterday (Monday March 17, 2008).

Media Release: Two Students Die in Pretoriuskop Swimming Pool

Date: 2008-03-18

The Kruger National Park (KNP) managing executive, Dr Bandile Mkhize expressed his sincere sympathies this morning to the next of kin of the two students that died in Pretoriuskop Rest Camp swimming pool on Friday night (March 14, 2008).

Media Release: Libraries Meet in KNP

Date: 2008-03-18

The Managing Executive of the Kruger National Park (KNP), Dr Bandile Mkhize warmly welcomed library representatives from all over the country for the official launch of Library Week 2008 in Skukuza today (Saturday, March 15, 2008).

Media Release: KNP Changes Entrance Gate Policy

Date: 2008-03-18

Day visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) will no longer be able to book their entry as this will be done on a strict first come first served basis.

Easter Traffic Update: N4 Toll Route

Date: 2008-03-18

The Easter weekend (21-24 March) is one of the busiest periods on the N4 toll route. Trans African Concessions appeal to road users to plan their journeys and travel out of peak periods, where possible.

Background Information Document (BID) for Letaba camp, KNP

Date: 2008-03-10

The South African National Parks (SANParks) is embarking on a number of proposed activities to upgrade the existing facilities in the Kruger National Park camps to continue to offer visitors a splendid experience. These proposed upgrades are in line with the Kruger National Park Management Plan and with the SANParks vision that National Parks will be the pride and joy of all South Africans and the world. This Background Information Document (BID) describes the proposed upgrade to facilities in the Letaba camp.

Nxanatseni (KNP) Honours Long Service

Date: 2008-03-07

The Nxanatseni region of the Kruger National Park recently held its annual long service awards at the Shingwedzi Rest Camp. These awards are designed to honour those staff members who have given dedicated service to the South African National Parks over interval periods of 5 years (5; 10; 15; 20; 25; 30; 35)

New KNP Conservation Students for 2008

Date: 2008-03-07

With fresh faces and new uniforms, the 2008 intake of 18 Conservation Diploma Students joined the ranks of SANParks staff in January this year. Each year the Kruger National Park (KNP) hosts conservation diploma students from various learning institutions around the country for a year of “experiential training”.

Cricket@Skukuza 2008

Date: 2008-02-26

The beautiful Kruger landscape is home to an amazing array of fauna, flora, and, on occasion, cricketers! The cricket oval near Skukuza is a hidden gem, carefully maintained in amidst the Kruger bushveld. The players? An assorted bunch of Scientists, Rangers, Field Guides and community members from Skukuza, the Northern Region and the SANParks online forum, who will be playing cricket to raise funds for SANParks!

Media Release: SANParks Responds to Minister's Announcement on Norms & Standards for Elephant Management

Date: 2008-02-25

The Chief Executive of South African National Parks (SANParks), Dr David Mabunda, announced today that South African National Parks (SANParks) welcomes the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk's, announcement of the Norms and Standards for the Management of Elephants in National Parks and other protected areas.

Long Service Awards for KNP Conservation and Scientific Services Staff

Date: 2008-02-21

Congratulations are due to all the staff from both Conservation and Scientific Services who received acknowledgement for their long service to SANParks in the Kruger National Park. The combined long service award ceremony was held on Friday 8 February 2008 at the Skukuza Golf Club in the Kruger National Park.

Saying Good-bye After 34 years Service in the KNP

Date: 2008-02-21

First appointed to SANParks in February 1973 as a general worker, Johan Sithole began his long and productive career at Crocodile Bridge in the Kruger National Park. In November 1973 Johan was transferred to the north of Kruger to Mooiplaas section.

SANParks Scientific Services in Arizona, USA

Date: 2008-02-19

Water is a limited resource that people all around the world have to share. Discussions around this complex issue were the subject of a workshop entitled “Dynamics of Institutions in Water Resource Management” which was held from the 9th to 11th January 2008 at the Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity (CSID) at Arizona State University, USA.

Fig Trees and Wasps – Competition at Close Quarters?

Date: 2008-02-19

The Sycamore Fig (Ficus sycomorus) is a tall, distinctive tree with a yellowish bark and fluted stem that we see growing along the rivers in the Kruger National Park. This spectacular tree is home to a host of insects, reptiles, rodents and birds – many of which we will never see. The feast of figs it produces all year round is a source of food for all the savanna inhabitants from monkeys in the branches to impala and warthog eating the fallen fruit on the ground. But how many of us are aware of the intricate web of life surrounding these figs that hang so abundantly from the branches of the tree?

The KNP Landscape and Water: More Than Just Flowing Rivers

Date: 2008-02-15

How water moves through the landscape affects both the vegetation and the animals living there. Water in the environment is very diverse and we often just think of flowing rivers and streams, but there is more to this dynamic than meets the eye.

DNA ‘Barcode’ Identified for Plants: Researchers’ Discovery Astonishes Worldwide

Date: 2008-02-11

Barcoding is no longer a term only affiliated to consumer goods. Thanks to the research efforts made by Dr Michelle van der Bank of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and a group of international scientists, a gene has been identified to distinguish between the majority of plant species on earth.

Volunteers Needed For Savfire Vegetation Surveys 2008

Date: 2008-01-21

The services of 3 full-time volunteers are required for detailed vegetation surveys along selected transects in the SavFIRE programme in the Satara area of the Kruger National Park From 1 April to 31 April 2008. The basis of the work will be look at the grass species composition and tree species along transects set out in the SavFIRE programme.

Tagging Trees: A Volunteer's Perspective

Date: 2008-01-18

A systematic tree marking process in Kruger National Park (KNP) is the first step by SANParks' Scientific Services staff in Skukuza towards producing more detailed biodiversity surveys in the park. Dimitri Dimopoulos, one of SANParks volunteer Honorary Rangers, recently assisted in this process...

Competition in the Mopane Veld

Date: 2007-12-30

The Mopane tree with its distinctive ‘Butterfly’ shaped leaves is a principle food source for many insects and animals. Over the last few weeks the Speckled Emperor Moth (Gynanisa maia) have hatched in big numbers and have been utilizing these leaves. These voracious feeders will be stiff competition for the more common Mopane worm (Gonimbrasia belina), as they are currently stripping the Mopane trees of their leaves.

“Beware Predators, We're Poisonous!”

Date: 2007-12-28

This is the time of year when little black moths which look like wasps are seen in swarms flying in front of cars and visiting the flowers of many shrubs such the Velvet Wild-medlar (Vangueria infausta) and Buffalo-thorn (Ziziphus mucronata). These are the Burnet moths.

Last Chance to Enter the 2007 Emerging Tuskers Competition

Date: 2007-12-20

The 2006 Kruger National Park (KNP) Emerging Tuskers Competition attracted more than 180 individual entries and has identified eight new emerging tuskers, bringing the total to 50. You have until the 31 December 2007 to get your entries in for the 2007 Competition!

New Doors for the Letaba Elephant Hall

Date: 2007-12-20

After many months the doors to the Elephant Hall in Letaba Rest Camp have been replaced through the combined efforts of the Bushveld Region Honorary Rangers, People and Conservation's Kirsty Redman, and the many members of the public who donated money to this worthy cause.

Forum 'Bush Telegraph' Helps Update Information on Road Conditions

Date: 2007-12-20

In light of recent road closures caused by heavy rain in the Kruger National Park (KNP), SANParks online forum members have come up with an innovative way to keep each other up to date with conditions in the park.

Sable and Roan Antelope Do Well in Limpopo National Park

Date: 2007-12-21

In February 2007 a special data logging collar (which records the daily movements of the animal using GPS co-ordinates) was fitted to a sable in a naturally occurring herd in the southern area of the Limpopo National Park, Mozambique. This was part of a study being done by Mr Valerio Macandza from Wits University to obtain comparative data on sable movements in Limpopo Natinal Park and in Kruger National Park (KNP). Valerio has been studying sable for the last 3 years in the Punda Maria area of the KNP. The collared sable was part of a herd of 4 females.

Summer Biodiversity Surveys Underway in KNP

Date: 2007-12-19

Some welcome rain and the high temperatures mean that summer has arrived at full swing in the Lowveld. During this hot season, an intrepid group of volunteer researchers are busy every day monitoring what insects, snakes, frogs and rodents are moving about in the veld of the Kruger National Park.

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