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Biodiversity In Africas Protected Areas Declining Fast

A study of protected areas at 117 sites across seven countries in Africa has revealed a progressive decline in biodiversity. This was unveiled during a...more

Biodiversity loss – it will make you sick

A new generation of antibiotics, new treatments for thinning bone disease and kidney failure, and new cancer treatments may all stand to be lost...more

Biodiversity scientists agree on top priorities

The benefits people obtain from biodiversity accrue not only in the present, but in the unknowable future. This is the option value of preserving...more

Biofuels - Friend or Foe

Imagine driving your vehicle with a clear conscience, knowing that the fuel powering the car comes from a renewable source, produces fewer greenhouse...more

Biohazard

Sesbania punicea is a South American shrub, 2-3m tall with bright red flowers, slender branches and distinctive winged seed pods...more

Biohazard - Yellow Bells Plant - Tecoma stans

Tecoma stans is a Mexican and north eastern Africa evergreen annual shrub, 2-4m tall with dense leaves and yellow flowers...more

Biotech executive gives GM presentation to MPs

The parliamentary portfolio committee for science and technology was given a presentation on genetically modified crops by the managing director of...more

Bird Guides Trained

BirdLife South Africa's Kruger to Canyons Birding Route recently completed the training and assessments of thirteen of its trainee bird guides...more

Bird Watchers On The Lookout For Migratory Kestrels

Bird watchers with a special interest in the small raptors are on standby at various points in the country, hoping to be the first to spot the arrival...more

Birders attempt to spot 300 bird species in 24 hours

Birdwatchers around the country will be gearing up for a special Birding Big Day this year – BirdLife South Africa has challenged its best birders to...more

Birders Go Big To Conserve Environment

The annual Kruger National Park (KNP) Birding Weekends are celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. What started as a leisure activity for outdoor...more

Birding Big Day

Joe Grosel and his Zonke Inyoni team spotted a new record 313 species in the Houtbosdorp area, during this year's Birding Big Day. Birding started off at...more

Birding Day a Success

The West Rand Honorary Rangers hosted the seventh annual Birding Day over the last weekend in January, the traditional time for the event. A total of 435...more

Birding Route Offers Opportunities For 30 Bird Guides

A feasibility study conducted by BirdLife South Africa for the development of a Greater Limpopo Birding Route has just been completed...more

Birding tourism in South Africa still in its infancy

Birding and birding-related tourism are growing at an unprecedented rate on a global level. Despite an abundance of natural birding assets...more

Birding Tourism Linked To Sustainable Development

With close to 800 bird species to lure the 'twitchers' in, South Africa is prime birding country. The many species that are only found in this region...more

Birding Weekend Gets Bigger And Better

The ninth annual Kruger Park Birding Weekend, held by the West Rand Honorary Rangers in conjunction with BirdLife South Africa, will once again be held...more

Birdlife Reveals The Merits Of Conservation Partnerships

A new BirdLife report, Building Partnerships: Working together for conservation and development, looks at the many different alliances which have...more

Birdwatchers Crane your necks

A national crane census will be carried out on July 29 and 30, 2005. South Africa has three crane species, all of which are threatened with extinction...more

Birdwatchers to boost tourism

The European Union has recently contributed R2,1 million towards the Kruger to Canyons (K2C) Birding Route, which forms part of a network of routes...more

Black empowerment in tourism launched

Environmental Affairs and Tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk announced the launch of the Tourism Black Economic Empowerment Charter at the...more

Black Mamba Facts

The black mamba, one of Africa's most feared and respected snakes, inevitably evokes reactions of fear, respect or awe - often merely by being mentioned...more

Black Rhino Hunting More Info

The proposed hunting of black rhino by Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife (EKZNW) is not an undertaking that has been rushed into. In 1992, the IUCN...more

Black rhino moved to Tanzania

South African National Parks (SANParks) facilitated the translocation of five black rhino, Diceros Bicornis Michaeli, Tanzania's Grumeti in the Serengeti...more

Black Rhino Relocated to Malawi

With buffalo and elephant successfully re-introduced in the 700 km² Majete Game Reserve in Malawi the focus is now on rhino. Dr Markus Hofmeyr, head of...more

Black Rhino Rescued From Sticky Situation

For guide Paulie Viljoen the afternoon game drive along the Ncau loop on Saturday, February 27, started off much the same as any other drive...more

Black Rhino Subspecies Feared Extinct

The West African black rhino subspecies has tentatively been declared as extinct by the IUCN's African Rhino Specialist Group, and the northern white...more

Bloodsucking flies in Kruger inspected

The State Veterinary Services completed their annual tsetse fly surveillance in the Kruger National Park in the last week of April. According to...more

Blue swallow back hovers on the brink of extinction

The local Blue Swallow, Hirundo atrocaerulea, population is facing the risk of certain extinction if both their breeding and non-breeding habitats...more

Blue swallows fly migratory bird flag

The world celebrated its migratory birds on May 15 and 16 this year. In South African birders have recorded more than 100 migratory bird species...more

Blue Tooth For Elephants

It was all connected – the GPS, the cellphone and the blue tooth technology – so how did a couple tonnes of elephant lying on its side in the bush fit...more

Blue-green algae strikes again

Kruger National Park (KNP) rangers and conservation management officials started draining operations at Shilolweni Dam...more

Blyde escarpment home to endangered primates

The Drakensberg escarpment that is shared by Limpopo and Mpumalanga is a stunning mountain range which has many unique features and an amazing diversity...more

Blyde National Park To Be Declared In September

The Blyde River Canyon park will officially be declared as a national park on Heritage Day, September 24, this year...more

Board of SANParks Dismisses Allegations Against Hotel Developments In KNP

The Board of South African National Parks (SANParks) confirmed on March 31, 2011 at its quarterly meeting held at Groenkloof, that it still stands by...more

Bold Steps Taken To Save Wildebeest

Every October for the last three years the Sabi-Sand Wildtuin (SSW) has released about 600 wildebeest into their 65,000ha reserve...more

Book Author Seeks Lion Info

Writer Tim Condon is currently researching a book that will cover the history of lions from the early 1800s until the present day, in the...more

Book your Kruger stay at Mpumalanga airport

You can now make accommodation bookings and buy a Wild card from the Kruger National Park's information office at the Kruger Mpumalanga International...more

Boreholes Closed In Kruger

The Kruger National Park has been implementing a new policy regarding artificial waterpoints in recent years. Starting in the 1930s, more than 360...more

Both Legal And Illegal Trade Are Threatening Africas Biodiversity

There is growing concern about the impact that illegal trade is having on wildlife populations worldwide, while the potential risk posed...more

Botswana gets go ahead to sell ivory

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) has given Botswana the go-ahead to sell 43.6 tonnes of ivory by the end of this year...more

Botswana Police Arrest Suspected Ivory Traders

In the last month, Botswana police have recorded three cases of illegal possession of elephant tusks, and they have warned the Botswana public that...more

Botswana population survey shows surprising drop in species numbers

Elephant population appears stable. A recently completed aerial survey of northern Botswana by Elephants Without Borders (EWB), through the support...more

Botswana Wants To Sell Ivory Stockpile

The Botswana Press Association has reported that Botswana plans to appeal to CITES (Convention on Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna) to sell...more

Bovine TB Under The Spotlight

The death of two buffalo from advanced bovine tuberculosis just kilometres from the Kruger National Park's border with Zimbabwe and the death of six...more

Bowl of Worms

A branch of an old umbrella thorn tree that died about a year ago in front of their offices broke off and nearly collapsed on the building. The exposed...more

Breaking the Rules Could be a Costly Affair

Drivers who disobey the KNP “rules of the road” will also be in for the high jump if they Use un-roadworthy, unregistered or unlicensed vehicles in the...more

British Pupils to Star in KNP Filmed Reality TV Show

Children at a Lincoln school are planning to wow TV executives in a race to become the faces of an exotic new series...more

Brown Hyenas Introduced to Mountain Zebra National Park

Three brown hyenas were introduced into Mountain National Park near Cradock early in December last year, becoming the first of their kind to be released...more

Brucellosis pathogen persists in Botswana buffalo

Residents of northern Botswana prize wild buffalo as their favored bush meat. Now a study led by Kathleen Alexander, associate professor of wildlife...more

Buffalo And Bison Battle It Out To Find The Boss Of The Bush

From Kruger to Kansas to KwaZulu-Natal, from buffalo to bison, the search is onto find out what makes the world's savannas tick...more

Buffalo and rhino up for auction

South African National Parks (Sanparks) will be holding a public auction in their boardroom at Groenkloof in Pretoria on September 17, 2005...more

Buffalo big movers at Kirkwood Sales

Disease-free buffalo from the Karoo and Camdeboo National Parks fetched top prices at the Kirkwood Wildlife Auction held in the Eastern Cape in June....more

Buffalo Hides And Other Animal Byproducts On Sale From KNP

The Kruger National Park (KNP) is selling a roomful of animal by-products from its Skukuza storehouses, with the bulk of the tender being more than 340...more

Buffalo kills hiker in Mountain Zebra National Park

Four hikers were attacked by a buffalo bull on a hiking trail in Mountain Zebra National Park (MZNP) earlier this month (July 2010)...more

Buffalo Live Up to Their Reputation

Despite their docile demeanour, buffalo are known as one of Africa's most dangerous creatures...more

Buffalo Tested For TB In North Of Kruger

Sanparks Veterinary Wildlife Services and the state veterinary authority joined forces for 10 days this July to carry out a survey to determine the...more

Bullfrog Photos Wanted

Get out into the first rains of the season, snap a photo of a bullfrog and stand a chance of winning a weekend trip for two, popular frog books...more

Burning For Biodiversity

Fire is an integral part of the African savanna. Understanding how it works and the effect it has on the veld is vital for any management plan...more

Burnt elephants recovering well

The 15 elephants rescued from the smoking veld of the Pilanesberg National Park are “progressing unbelievably well” according to JJ van Altena, wildlife...more

Bush banquet moves from winter to spring

Lowveld chefs and cuisine connoisseurs have noted September 6 this year as a definite “yes” in their diaries...more

Bush kids become budding Photographers

More than 150 rural-based children, aged between five and 17, had an unexpected bonus added to their mid-year holidays...more

Bush Kids Become Streetwise

Every year the Children's Eco Training (CET), based in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve (KNPR), rewards learners for the year's work...more

Bushveld Honorary Rangers Win Prize

2007 was a very good year for the members of the Bushveld region; it saw them winning the Honorary Rangers' (HR) region of the year award...more

Butterflies After the Rain

To break the spell of drought, it has to rain. But will there be any butterflies before that? We took some University of Pretoria students out to test...more

Butterflies in Kruger

By the time a butterfly has reached maturity in the shape of a stately butterfly, it has survived 80 – 90 percent of its life's onslaughts already...more

Butterflies of the KNP

Butterflies are delicate, aesthetic beings that colour our lives with their presence. Yet some species are stouter and quite die-hard. The males fiercely...more

Butterfly Enthusiasts Asked to Help

The South African Butterfly Assessment is in the process of gathering data on butterfly species distribution...more

Butterfly Lovers Plan to Hook Kids on Butterfly Spotting

At the last count there were 219 butterflies in the KNP. This was done by the devoted rangers of the KNP and authored in a book by Johan Kloppers named...more

Butterfly Wishlist – Part 2

Some butterflies are regarded as quite rare and sometimes a first for a certain area, therefore the general public is asked to assist in spotting and...more

Buzz to control birds at King Shaka International Airport

Buzz, a 22-month border collie dog, will soon join his senior bird patrol members at King Shaka International Airport (KSIA) near Durban. Not for long...more

Calling All Artists

Local artists in the Greater Hoedspruit area are invited to the first of many monthly “Art in the Park” events at the end of January 2005...more

Calling all science communicators

The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) has joined forces with the prestigious Cornell University in the United States...more

Calling Young Scientists

Grab this chance to stir the public's imagination and win wonderful prizes. The competition gives scientists aged 20 - 35 the opportunity to write a 700...more

Camdeboo National Park campsite opened

Camdeboo National Park, which surrounds the town of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape, opened its Nqweba Campsite on 1 March 2012. “The Campsite...more

Camdeboo National Park to Develop Bushcamp and Campsite

South African National Parks (SANParks) hopes to open a news bushcamp in the Camdeboo National Park in the Eastern Cape by the end of 2010...more

Camp On The Banks Of The Massingir Dam And Enjoy The Limpopo Park

If you need a place to stay when travelling between South Africa and Mozambique, having used the Giriyondo border post on Kruger's eastern border...more

Can the Kalahari complicate the carbon question?

“Desert soils are unusual because the sand grains at the surface are bound together into a crust by bacteria, reducing wind erosion and adding nutrients...more

Can the law protect Lake Fundudzi

Lake Fundudzi is a place of worship for the Tshiavha clan in Venda, northern Limpopo. It forms part of a larger network of pools, groves and waterfalls...more

Canadians build school in Greater Kruger

The Mazinyane pre-school in Lillydale B hosted a function for the villagers and the school's founder, Marianne Schaubeck. The function helped create...more

Canned hunting a public responsibility

Every year people visit facilities in South Africa where they can interact with lion cubs, seldom do people ask what happens to the cubs when they...more

Canned Hunting Comments

The publication of the draft norms and standards for the sustainable use of large predators, intended to regulate canned hunting, has caused a flood of...more

Canola plants float like a moth, sting like a scorpion

New transgenic canola (oilseed rape) plants have been created with genes extracted from scorpions and moths. Genes were taken from two insect species...more

Cape Vulture Fitted With GPS Tracking Device In Limpopo

The first GPS tracking collar has been fitted to a Cape griffon vulture in the Limpopo Province. On May 26, 2006 a harness with a 250-gram tracking...more

Caracals

Caracals are often killed for suspected predation on small livestock, although this appears to be a pervasive problem only in South Africa and Namibia...more

Carbofuran Ban Upheld in the USA

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) welcomes a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. on 31 May 2011 denying a petition to reconsider...more

Carbon finance is key to better protection of gorillas and elephants

The United Nations Ambassador for the Year of the Gorilla, Ian Redmond, has called for the inclusion of gorillas and elephants, as important components...more

Carnivore Count

The site inspection for the proposed study of the effect that the silt in the Phalaborwa barrage is having on the Olifants River attracted 12 consultants...more

Catalogue of Life 2010 launched

A catalogue detailing 1.25 million species of organisms across the world released a special edition to mark the International Year of Biodiversity...more

Caterpillars snare snails with silk

Predatory caterpillars roam the greenery of Hawaii in search of snails to devour alive. An article in the journal Science reveals how tiny caterpillars...more

Celebrate Womens Day

August 9, 2005 – Woman's Day – is almost here. What's the meaning of Woman's Day? On Woman's Day we honour every woman that touches our lives...more

Celebrating biodiversity in the Kruger to Canyons biosphere

During a gala dinner at The Dumbwaiter Restaurant in Hoedspruit, Dr Mike Peel from the Agricultural Research Council...more

Celebrating Mandela Day

In celebration of Mandela Day South African National Parks (SANParks) head office staff spent the morning in Edenvale at Little Eden, a home that cares...more

Centipedes And Millipedes

As children, we used to tell each other that if you squashed a 'Tjongololo' it would cause it to rain. Even if this is not true, I guess there must have been many run over on the roads...more

Change of Command

Col Tobias du Toit took over from brigadier general Pierre du Plessis as Officer Commanding of Air Force Base Hoedspruit on 27 January 2004. Brig Genl du...more

Changes In Water Provision In Kruger

When the Kruger National Park was first established, five major rivers ran through the park all year round, but other than that permanent sources of...more

Changing rainfall has surprising results for trees

During game drives in the Kruger National Park (KNP), it is doubtful if the many people peering out at the trees and grass in the hopes of seeing a lion...more

Charcoal Profits Fuel War in East

Charcoal profits are helping to fuel the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where militia groups and some segments of the national...more

Charcoal Takes Some Heat Off Global Warming

As much as 12 percent of the world's human-caused greenhouse gas emissions could be sustainably offset by producing biochar, a charcoal-like substance...more

Charity gol scheduled for SATSA

The Limpopo branch of SATSA will be holding a golf day in aid of the Lekagape Centre for orphaned children...more

Cheetah and Wild Dog Census in Kruger National Park Underway

The fifth wild dog and third cheetah photographic census in and around the Kruger National Park is underway...more

Cheetah tracking and guided walks open in Mountain Zebra National Park

Cheetah tracking and guided walk activities have been opened to visitors in Mountain Zebra National Park. Visitors will be able to join a guide in...more

Cheetahs Get New Toy At Rehab Centre

Moholoholo is currently raising two cheetahs, Juba and Jolly, to act as ambassadors for the cheetah species. The cheetahs are taught to be comfortable in...more

Chemical Warfare Plants vs butterflies and animals

o the plants win? Do the butterflies win? Or is it a win-win situation? Do plants 'call' butterflies? And what do elephants and butterflies have in...more

Chess Champion Challenged

Paulo Origo, chancellor of the South African Chess Academy, challenged 25 opponents simultaneously to a chess game held at the Kamogelo Tourism...more

Children! Write a story and win a trip to Italy

SABC Education is now looking for other talented young South Africans to emulate Peace Mnisi. They are running a national competition where children...more

Childrens books in the US are where the wild things arent

Children's books are no longer featuring creeping crawlies, fierce lions and gentle elephants roaming savannahs or slithering snakes hiding in trees...more

Chris excels at young chefs competition

Chris Payne, 23-year old sous chef at Singita Sweni Lodge in the Kruger National Park (KNP)...more

Christians unite against rhino poaching in Kruger

Christians from neighbouring communities on the Kruger National Park’s north-west border joined in prayer against Rhino poaching at the Skukuza Soccer Field...more

Chronic stress in elephants can cause long-term escape behaviour

Chronic stress can cause long-term escape behaviour in elephants, affecting their use of habitat. This according to a study on three African elephant...more

Cites give go-ahead for Ivory Sales

The Cites Standing Committee, which oversees the implementation of Cites, the convention on the international trade in endangered species of flora and...more

CITES Says Yes to Shooting of More Elephants

The International Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has authorised an increase in the number of elephants Mozambique is allowed to kill...more

Cities and Climate Change

The impact of climate change on cities and towns, as well as the reduction of dependency on fossil fuels are among the foremost challenges to urban...more

City sprawl City Crisis

Cairo and Alexandria, some 200 km apart, could merge in the foreseeable future, a spectra that presents a nightmare for urban planners...more

Clarification wanted about mining at Mapungubwe heritage site

The state of the conservation of the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site was under the spotlight as part of the 36TH session of the World...more

Classification Whats in a Name

Carl von Linné was a Swedish Biologist who decided to put all plants and animals into different categories. He later also changed his name to fit in...more

Clean up campaign for SAs borders

South Africa wants to create an awareness amongst all communities residing in the vicinity of its borders, to take care of the environment...more

Climate Change

Climate change has been positively identified as the key reason that Europe has been experiencing severe droughts in recent years. Research has shown...more

Climate Change And Environmental Crime In South Africa

South Africa's department of environmental affairs has set aside R400 million for an “Eco-Towns” programme to be established in 10 municipalities in 2010...more

Climate change cost of mitigation

Almost every day a think-tank or a non-governmental organisation releases a new price tag for mitigating or adapting to the impact of climate change...more

Climate change impact on tourism in Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is a richly diverse ecosystem, it is the world's largest inland delta and sits atop the Kalahari Desert. More than 10 trillion...more

Climate change linked to spread of disease

Climate change is emerging as a major threat to health and adding pressure on public health systems, especially in Africa, a senior UN official has said...more

Climate Change Threatens Blue Crane Stronghold

The Blue Crane has found an unlikely haven on farmlands in the Western Cape, but climate change threatens to put an end to this...more

Climate change to cause more fires within next 30 years

Climate change is widely expected to disrupt future fire patterns around the world, with some regions, such as the western United States, seeing more...more

Climatic Conditions

The world's biotic diversity, formed from the 'dust of the earth' (geological matter) and powered mainly by solar-derived energy, is strongly influenced...more

Clock ticks towards water scarcity

The clock is ticking for South Africa's stretched water supply, and in another five years demand will have caught up with supply, according to a top...more

Coal Mine May Threaten Mapungubwe World Heritage Status

The Australian company Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) recently announced that it had been awarded 'unconditional new order mining rights'...more

Coal of Africa reports steady progress at mining operations at Mapungubwe

According to a report on StockMarketWire.com, Coal of Africa has reported steady operational progress in the three months to the end of September...more

Colchester Zoos Action for the Wild confirms funding to about R2.1million

Colchester Zoo's charity 'Action for the Wild' is supporting 15 worldwide conservation projects in 2011, their contribution amounting to R2.1 million...more

College Receives R700 000 Donation

On August 7, Nissan North America (NNA) and the WWF jointly presented R700 000 ($100,000) to the South African Wildife College (SAWC)...more

Committed To Wilderness

To work in the lowveld, in which one can still find some of Africa's vast open spaces which are mostly roadless, is a privilege...more

Committee to discuss placement of foot and mouth zones

A foot and mouth symposium held on August 24 and 25, 2005 will result in the formation of a committee containing all the major role players who are...more

Community Project OSV Handover

The Kruger National Park (KNP)'s managing executive, Abe Sibiya presented tour guides from the local communities with four open safari vehicles (OSV)...more

Community stands up against rhino poaching

Members of the Matsulu community on the western border of the Kruger National Park (KNP) caught a suspected rhino poacher who was on the run after...more

Competing For Limpopo Water

Climate change will bring higher temperatures to Southern Africa while changing rainfall patterns will affect the amount of water available for food...more

Concern over gene transfer from GM crops

The debate over genetic modification (GM) has gathered extra fuel with the finding that herbicide resistance genes from a canola plant have passed into...more

Conservation and development goals agreed on

South African National Parks (SANParks) and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) signed a Memorandum of Agreement in Skukuza, Kruger National Park...more

Conservation champions win Kudus

The Kruger National Park's (KNP) Nxanatseni South regional ranger, Louis Olivier, has been honoured with the lifetime service award...more

Conservation Concerns

The donation of 10 cattle will have significantly brightened the festive season for several residents of the Dumphries village adjoining the Sabi-Sand...more

Conservation Concerns - Gas Delivery Truck

The executive director of the Kruger National Park Dr Bandile Mkhize officially received a purpose- built gas delivery truck from TotalGaz managing...more

Conservation Concerns - Oddities Of Nature

Oddities of nature have always fascinated man. In Kruger, some of these sightings have been recorded in the ranger's diaries over time...more

Conservation In Kruger

In line with the protected areasact, the Kruger National Park has been busy drawing up a park management plan that will guide the park's management...more

Conservation Snippets

The role of private landowners in nature conservation is becoming increasingly im- portant, and many owners are uniting their land for the better good of...more

Conservation Snippets

Launched in August last year, the Ingwe Leopard Project had the ambitious goal of finding a black leopard said to roam the Lydenburg area. No black...more

Conservation Snippets

The second annual national blue swallow count which took place on November 13 and 14, 2004 found a total of 134 adult birds. This number is an increase...more

Conservation Snippets

Current Sea Surface Temperatures over the Central Equatorial Pacific Ocean are slowly dropping, indicating that we are moving from a weak El Niño towards...more

Conservation Snippets

Environmental campaigners and lawyers are calling on UNESCO to place Everest National Park (Sagarmatha National Park) on the World Heritage Danger...more

Conservation Students Get Hands On In Kruger

January 2007 saw the arrival of 20 new conservation diploma students in the Kruger National Park. These are a group of specially selected third year...more

Conservation Targets Too Small to Stop Extinction

Conservation biologists are setting their minimum population size targets too low to prevent extinction...more

Conservationists Concerned by Low Oribi Numbers

Initial findings indicate that oribi numbers in South Africa are still decreasing from previous years. According to land owners who participated in the...more

Conservationists Mourn Rupert’s Death

Condolences have flooded in from around the world to the family of Anton Rupert, who died in his sleep at the age of 89 on January 19, 2005...more

Contractor kills seven impala

Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) were treated to a deplorable sighting when a contractor crashed into a herd of impala on his way to Skukuza...more

Contributions Sought From Youth On Environmental Report

Young people aged between 14 and 35 are being encouraged to help create a version of the South African State of the Environment Report that is more...more

Controls for Animals Colour Designs Revealed

The vivid colours and designs animals use to interact with their environments have awed and inspired since before people learned to draw on the cave wall...more

Coordinating tourism in Southern Africa

A strategic task team has been established to try and improve southern Africa's overall tourism product while reducing costs and increasing customers...more

Coping With Raiding Elephants And Hippos

Pepper spray for raiding elephants, a guard dog to chase off spotted hyena? These are some of the colourful tips contained in a toolkit produced by FAO...more

Corporate SA Battle It Out At Kruger National Park Golf Day

More than 150 golfers from corporations all over South Africa met in Skukuza to battle it out on the fairways of the Skukuza Golf Course at the second...more

Coser scrutiny of Genetically Modified Crops in SA

Environmental watchdogs call for closer GM scrutiny in SA Biowatch South Africa has called on government to tighten legislation governing the...more

Could Catfish Be The Culprit

When rangers found a cluster of crocodile carcasses in the Olifants Gorge last year, scientists had more questions than answers...more

Counter Measures Against Poaching Pay Off

South Africa is not taking the attack on its rhino population lightly. Public support for the fight against highly sophisticated syndicates is gaining...more

Cows and game can share grazing land

Princeton University researchers are leading an effort to put to pasture the long-held convention of cattle ranching that wild animals compete with cows...more

Cradle and birthday of dog identified

Researchers at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm have managed to zero in on man's best friend...more

Crane conservationist wins award

Kerryn Morrison, manager of the Endangered Wildlife Trust's African Cranes, Wetlands and Communities programme (ACWAC) has been awarded the African...more

Crocodile Bites Hardest

Crocodiles may not win the 'sexiest on the planet' category on everyone's list, but they will be hard to beat when it comes to bite-force champions of...more

Crocodile Bridge Entrance Closed Again

For the second time this year, the Kruger National Park (KNP) has had to close its Crocodile Bridge Entrance Gate as the water of the Crocodile River has...more

Crocodile Bridge Flooded

At about 11h30 on Friday January 27, the Crocodile River flowed over and submerged the bridge to Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp in the Park. Visitors had...more

Crocodile Bridge Wins Competition

Jenny van der Merwe handed out the promotional prize for the best shop, Crocodile Bridge, in the Power-ade promotion to Chantell van Wyk...more

Crocodile Deaths Continue in the Olifants River

The mysterious crocodile killer that prowled the Olifants River at the onset of winter last year in the Kruger National Park has returned...more

Crocodile Deaths May Lead to Healthier River

Last year saw one of the biggest unexplained wildlife disasters to ever hit the Kruger National Park (KNP). Mass crocodile die-offs in the Olifants...more

Crocodile deaths puzzle scientists

In the past week rangers and scientists in the Kruger National Park (KNP) have detected a cluster of crocodile mortalities mainly in the eastern parts...more

Culinary Triumphs

A weekend where food and friends featured first on the agenda was the hallmark of the Lowveld Chaîne des Rôtisseurs inauguration at the...more

Culture and Natural Beauty on new tourism route in Limpopo

On the eve of Heritage Day, Phalaborwa saw the festive launch of a new tourism route that will celebrate the traditions and culture of the indigenous...more

Current Concerns

It takes a very special person to dedicate his or her life as a custodian of Africa's wilderness. One such person is Johannes Mkhari. Johannes, a refugee...more

Current Concerns

South African National Parks announced a multi-million rand contract for the provision of restaurant services at the Kruger National Park, to the Compass...more

Current Concerns

Last week, 12 year old Karen Pienaar, a grade seven student at Skukuza Primary School, in all probability saved the life of six year old Mbongeni Mnisi...more

Current Concerns

At least one suspected poacher was shot early on Wednesday morning, December 13, 2006 on the eastern boundary of the Kruger National Park...more

Current Concerns - IUCN Council to meet in Kruger

Scientists are weird and journalists only want the juicy stuff. These are some of the myths that Marina Joubert of Southern Science aimed to banish at a...more

Current Concerns - Wild Dog Hotline

Staff at the Phalaborwa gate let the first clients through the long-awaited revamped Phalaborwa Entrance Gate on Friday, October 5, 2007. Game auction...more

Custos Naturae

Using the toilet in Kruger Park (it could be pretty much any toilet) I sit there in my own thoughts looking at the tiles on the wall showing a kudu and...more

CyberTracker now used in more national parks

The SANParks' CyberTracker will be operational in most national parks by the end of 2008. Collective fund raising initiatives throughout 2007 and 2008...more

Cycads

As GYMNOSPERMS (the cone bearing plants), the Cycadophyta includes two Families - the Cycadaceae (the Cycas family) - and the Zamiaceae...more

Cycads Plundered

Some call them living fossils; others describe them as the most exotically beautiful plants the world has ever seen. Cycads are the link between...more

Cycads stolen out of national park

Cycads worth hundreds of thousands of Rands have been stolen out of the Blyde Canyon National Park. The latest raid in the Leboeng area on the...more

Cycling through the wilderness

For four days 105 cyclists enjoyed the open air as they journeyed through the Limpopo National Park during the Tour de Kruger...more

Dam wall breached to begin rehabilitation of Langtoon

Work has begun on the rehabilitation of the Langtoon Dam, situated in the north-eastern part of the Kruger National Park (KNP)...more

Dams potential damage to gorges inspected

Dr Ian Player and other renowned conservationists again directed attention to the destruction of two of the Kruger National Park's pristine habitats...more

Dando and Funso

Forecasters in Mozambique kept a wary eye on Tropical Cyclone Funso as it made its way down an already drenched coast during the last week of...more

David Attenbourough

During the first week of 2005, Hoedspruit was privileged to host one of the leaders in the Natural History Presentation field – Sir David Attenborough...more

Day Of Firsts For Kruger

The first of June was also a day of firsts for Kruger and a number of its partners in waste management in the Park. Dr Bandile Mkhize, chief executive...more

Day visitors asked to make bookings

This year's festive season is expected to be a busy one for the Kruger National Park, and Dr Bandile Mkhize, executive director, has asked visitors...more

Ddisselblom rocks

Perfect weather at a perfect setting, and an explosive performance from local South African band, ddisselblom, greeted 200 guests on Saturday evening...more

De Hoop Dam EWT May Seek Legal Review Of Process

Environmental affairs minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk issued a final go-ahead to the construction of the De Hoop dam and its associated 300km of...more

De Hoop Dam Gets Go-Ahead

South African National Parks (Sanparks) has taken a firm stand against the proposed De Hoop dam, saying they will “vociferously appeal against the...more

De Hoop Dam threatens species yet to be named

If the 81 metre high De Hoop dam is constructed on the Steelpoort River, “there is some risk of losing unknown biodiversity”. The area where the...more

De Hoop Dam To Go Ahead

It has taken nine months, but the minister of environmental affairs and tourism has finally reached the conclusion that the building of the 80 metre...more

Dead leaves and beetles

Bunches of dead leaves on a group of leadwood trees appeared to indicate that they had been affected by the low water table...more

Dealing with wildlife poisoning

Poisoning of wild animals in South Africa happens for a variety of reasons – people looking for protein, farmers trying to deal with 'problem' animals or birds, unscrupulous individuals trying to...more

Debate ongoing for proposed new Kruger Park neighbours

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process for a development planned on Kruger National Park's border is entering its final stages. The Lion's...more

Deceptive Groundcover

The relatively good rains of the last season have produced an impression of good ground cover in most areas...more

Declaration signed to protect countrys grasslands

Eight MECs responsible for environmental affairs signed the Grasslands Declaration committing Government to the conservation of grasslands Biodiversity...more

Defeating Malaria In Africa Within Reach

Over the past decade, malaria control programmes in Africa have resulted in 200,000 fewer deaths per year, down from 900,000...more

Defining the GLTP Landscapes

Few people driving through Kruger consulting their Jacana Kruger National Park Visitor's Map will realise that the subtle shadings of the different...more

Demining is not a never ending story

Mozambique's effort to become the first of the world's major mine-contaminated countries to be declared mine-free is faltering...more

Demolition Team Blow Up Wik-en-Weeg Dam

More than 20 tonnes of explosive has been detonated on a single dam by a group of demolition experts trying to help the Kruger National Park achieve...more

Department Begins Campaign To Fight Illegal Guiding

For the last 16 years, the world has celebrated International Tourist Guides Day on February 21. This year South Africa had the theme “Fighting against...more

Development Dispute Over Prime Land Bordering

Coen Espach, director of the Mthimkulu Development Company (Pty) Ltd and developer of the Mthimkulu Wildlife Estate, says he is tired of government...more

Diary of Rob Thomson at Parfuri

From the diary of Rob Thomson at Pafuri section during December 2001. Saturday 1, Rainfall 7.7mm Complete month-end admin...more

Diary of Trails Ranger on the Olifants Trail

From the diary of Don English, trails ranger on the Olifants Trail – December 1985...more

Did You Know

The eyeball of an elephant is similar in size to those of humans and is small for such a large animal. Elephants and wild pigs are the only ungulates...more

Did You Know

The black rhino lives in Africa, primarily in grasslands, savannahs and tropical bushlands. The black rhino is a browser, i.e. it consumes leaves and...more

Did You Know

Lake Panic, a small earthen dam 1,5km north-west of Skukuza, derives its name from the panic caused when the dam's newly built wall threatened...more

Did You Know Giraffes

Giraffes, Giraffa camelopardalis, are the tallest land animals on earth thanks in part to their distinctive necks which alone can reach almost two...more

Did you Know Snippets

Which constellation is the most visible during our winter months? Orion. One of the most famous constellations and visible from both hemispheres...more

Digest of Kruger Park Rangers Diaries February 1941

Digest of Rangers' Diaries for February 1941 in the Kruger National Park, South Africa...more

Digest of Rangers Daries August 1941 Kruger National Park

On the 4th Ranger went to the gate to see Badenhorst who was laid up with flu, and dosed him with the usual medicine...more

Diligence and Determination Pay Off Against Aliens

Plants that are taken to new environments often thrive and become invasive. This, together with habitat destruction, has been a major cause of extinction...more

Dinner With David Attenborough

The beginning of October has just seen the second visit of Sir David Attenborough in two years to the Hoedspruit region while filming what is reported...more

Dinosaur missing link found

A two-acre dig site in Utah, United States of America, has revealed the fossils of hundreds of bird-like dinosaurs of a species new to science...more

Disabled may now drive on the beach

Laws passed in 2001 that made it illegal for 4x4 vehicles to drive on South Africa's beaches have now been amended to allow disabled persons to use...more

Discover The New Generation Tuskers In Kruger

Ever since the Magnificent Seven was first named in the 1970s, Kruger's elephants with large tusks have been a source of awe and inspiration...more

Discovering Kruger’s birdlife

The Kruger National Park is home (either permanently or as a warming summer vacation destination) to over 500 species of birds. Our avian friends...more

Discovering The Truth

If you want to discover the truth about someone, don't ask them because you will get a contrived or evasive answer. Look at their waste disposal, where...more

Discovery Points The Way To Creating Malaria-Proof Mosquitoes

New research has revealed information about how mosquitoes are able to fight off bacteria and disease-causing organisms such as the malaria parasite...more

Disease control in the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park gets AHEAD

With the recent development of cross-border conservation areas, animal health policies in different countries have to be merged so that diseases are not...more

Disease Killing Fish in Zambezi River

A deadly disease devastating fish stocks in Africa's Zambezi River basin and threatening the livelihoods and access to food of millions of rural people...more

Diseases shared by animals and humans

Zoonosis is not a word that springs readily into the average person's mind, but one that is increasingly being discussed by wildlife vets and ecologists...more

Disney Expertise for Sanparks Veterinary Wildlife Services

Disney is not just about Mickey Mouse. There is considerably more to this multi-national corporation than meets the eye, especially when it comes to...more

Disused Boreholes in Kruger to Contribute to Groundwater Monitoring

Water is life – above and below ground! Now researchers are taking a special interest in the water we cannot see, the groundwater. To access groundwater...more

DNA barcodes reveal environmental secrets

Finding bad guys via DNA is no longer restricted to the world of the FBI, popular novels or television series like CSI. Now the newfound scientific power...more

DNA kits donated to SANParks for use in fight against rhino poachers

The South African National Parks received 1 000 DNA kits to ensure effective prosecution of rhino poachers. According to SanParks, the kits from the...more

Do Elephants Affect Frogs

Frogs are very sensitive to habitat change and if elephants are having an effect on their environment, surveys such as this will be able to determine...more

Do Elephants Count Calories When They Climb

Despite the fact that there might be lush vegetation growing on the slopes of hills, researchers in Kenya have discovered that elephants are reluctant...more

Do elephants prefer certain car brands?

This game drive vehicle was sitting parked under a piece of canvas outside a house in the Manzimvula shareblock, located in the Associated Private Nature...more

Do Elephants Prefer Grasses Or Trees For Lunch

While everyone agrees that elephants eat both grasses and leafy material from shrubs and trees, some debate has been ongoing in scientific circles as to...more

Do Local Communities Benefit From Conservation

Dr Wolfram Dressler gave a thought-provoking presentation on how conservation areas and their neighbouring populations interact...more

Does size really matter?

Does size really matter? Regretfully, when it comes to conservation issues, it often does. We all know of the plight of the wild dog and the cheetah...more

Donation Gives Energy Boost To CyberTracker Programme

The Kruger National Park CyberTracker Programme has received an 'energy boost' in the form of eight new handheld computers. The CyberTracker system...more

Doomsday Vault Being Built In Arctic Circle

More than a hundred countries have joined hands to support the creation of a huge cave on an ice-bound island just 1,000km from the North Pole on the...more

Door opens in corridor disease research

New research has resulted in the mapping of the genome of the parasite that causes corridor disease, or East Coast fever. Corridor disease concerns...more

Draft List Of Threatened And Protected Species Published For Comment

The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, published a draft list of threatened and protected species in the Government...more

Dramatic Encounter

Andre Meintjies took a series of pictures near Lower Sabie that tell a story of what happens when two of Africa's most dangerous predators come face...more

Drug bust in Kruger Park

Mpumalanga police have arrested two suspected drug smugglers and confiscated 33kg of dagga in the Kruger National Park...more

Dual site agreed for Square Kilometre Array telescope

The Members of the SKA Organisation today agreed on a dual site solution for the Square Kilometre Array telescope, a crucial step towards building the...more

Duke Breaks Left Tusk

Duke, the elephant with the largest set of ivory on any elephant presently living in the Kruger National Park has broken his left tusk. It is the first...more

Dung and Droppings Help Explain Dry Season Diet Choices

Most animals face changes in how much food there is for them to eat over the year. During the dry season especially, the situation can look bleak when...more

Dung Beetle Perspective

Many people have commented that we are seeing progressively less insect life recently. This perception, if correct, may be due to insecticide...more

Durban Learners Visit Kruger And Meet School Hero, Bandile Mkhize

For the second year in a row, the grade 12 pupils of Saint Francis College in Durban visited the Kruger National Park, and got the chance to meet one of...more

Dying Rivers

The Kruger to Canyon Biosphere Reserve (K2C for short) was recently 'proclaimed' as the largest biosphere reserve in Africa and the third largest...more

Eager Students Begin their Experiential Training

Each year the Kruger National Park hosts conservation diploma students from various learning institutions around the country for a year of 'experiential...more

Early human habitats under scrutiny

Pre-humans living in East Africa 4.4 million years ago inhabited savannas - grassy plains dotted with trees and shrubs - according to a team of...more

Earth Day 40 years on

The 40th Earth Day was celebrated on 22 April 2010. The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), which turns 37 years old this year, reflected on its own impact...more

Earthquake moves the North Pole

Two NASA scientists have been studying the earthquake that rocked the world on December 26, 2004 and have calculated that it has moved the North Pole...more

Eastgate International Airport Licence

Two years ago, the former premier of Limpopo, Ngoako Ramathlodi, announced his approval of an international licence for Eastgate Airport, which is...more

Eco schools celebrate Arbor Week

The Phalaborwa node of the World Wide Fund for Nature – South Africa Eco-Schools celebrated Arbor Day by planting trees in and around Namakgale...more

Eco Tourism Park to be completed in 2010

An Eco-Tourism Park at the Tshikuyu Village in Limpopo will be completed in January 2010 just in time for the thousands of soccer fans...more

Eco Training Programme Recognised At Kudu Awards

Klaserie Private Nature Reserve's Children Eco Training (CET) walked away with the Kudu for best environmental education organisation...more

Eco2 Index - Scientists unveil a new economic and environmental index

Two African countries are amongst the top performers according to a new economic and environmental index developed by University of British Columbia...more

Ecological impact of African cities

African cities are growing faster than anywhere else in the world. This is having a major impact, but few ecologists are studying the urban environment...more

Ecstatic Traditional Dancers Perform for 2010 Inspection

It was a dream come true for Lodrick Manyathele when he and the Ringetani Traditional Dance Group were given the opportunity to provide a warm welcome...more

Effective land use management can help cheetah and wild dog

There are less than 500 wild dogs, Lycaon pictus, in South Africa, with the only viable contiguous population roaming the Kruger National Park (KNP)...more

Ekhurhuleni has best drinking water

Ekurhuleni drinking water scored highest on the government's Blue Status scale this year, with 98.95 percent. The City of Johannesburg followed...more

Elephant Behaviour and Feeding Habits

Elephant researcher Audrey Delsink has come in for some funny looks recently during the course of her elephant research in the Kruger National Park...more

Elephant breakouts ongoing

Seven young elephant bulls spent several days wandering outside of Kruger National Park (KNP) in the vicinity of the Crocodile River in mid September...more

Elephant Causes Excitement

Great excitement was caused on October 26, 2005 at around 14h00 when an elephant bull wandered through the KNP's Corporate and Scientific Services...more

Elephant Collaring Exercise To Help Monitor Blind Elephant In Wild

Another elephant has been fitted with a GPS-cellphone collar in the Association of Private Nature Reserves adjoining the Kruger National Park, bringing...more

Elephant contraception funded for further five years

MAKALALI – The elephant immuno-contraception programme that has been in place on the 25,000ha Makalali Private Nature Reserve for the last five years has...more

Elephant Dung Shows How People Stress Elephants Out

Elephant dung, vinegar, a freezer, a sieve, some test tubes, and a high-tech biomedical kit have helped form a clearer picture of what people do to...more

Elephant Hall Now Even More Magnificent

The Letaba Elephant Hall was re-opened on March 23, after being shut for six weeks for revamping, and is now even more magnificent than ever with the...more

Elephant Immunocontraception - Dispelling the Myths

The issue of elephant management is currently a hot topic as the minister of environmental affairs and tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, has released the...more

Elephant kills man in Limpopo

A man in his fifties was trampled to death by an elephant in the Madimbo area near Masisi in the Kruger National Park...more

Elephant Management Assessment Process On Track

The current elephant assessment comprises twelve chapters which includes the history and distribution of elephant in southern Africa; elephant population...more

Elephant Management Policy Review

Following the “Big Elephant Debate” in Berg-en-Dal in October last year, some 50 scientists from South Africa, the rest of Africa and abroad got together...more

Elephant massacre in Cameroon continues

14 dead elephants have been found in Boubandjida National Park, Cameroon, just a week after the discovery of at least 200 elephants slaughtered by...more

Elephant movement can provide objective measure of seasonal boundaries

Elephant movement in response to changes in rainfall patterns can be used to determine biologically relevant boundaries between seasons, as opposed...more

Elephant named after Wilson

An emerging tusker has been named after Lance Corporal Wilson Ndlovu who was killed by an elephant while on patrol in Kruger earlier thisyear. The tusker...more

Elephant Numbers up by Five Percent

This year the elephant and buffalo census team, under the leadership of Dr Ian Whyte, who is conducting his 24th census, counted 13 050 elephants in the...more

Elephant Overturns Vehicle In Kruger

A 40-year old motorist and three children all sustained minor injuries when an elephant bull overturned their vehicle in the Kruger National Park (KNP)...more

Elephant persuaded to keep his distance

An inquisitive elephant bull was ambling along the site roaming an area between one section of the plant and some offices when he was persuaded to return...more

Elephant Population Management

In and around Kruger National Park (KNP), the issue of elephant management is highly debated, as some scientists argue that there are too many elephants...more

Elephant Population Numbers in Kruger. A Game Wardens Report

On Elephant Numbers in Kruger In this introductory article Ron Thomson will share his views on the subject of elephant numbers in Kruger National Park....more

Elephant researchers seek financial aid

The Kruger Park Times recently reported on an elephant collaring safari carried out in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. The collaring was part of a...more

Elephant Round Table Line-Up Confirmed

The department of environmental affairs and tourism has confirmed the line-up of scientists who will take part in the second Elephant Science Round Table...more

Elephant Science Round Table. Adaptive Elephant Management

The thirteen scientists at the second Elephant Science Round Table have reached agreement on a set of guidelines that should help government draw up a...more

Elephant Tramples Woman

An elephant has trampled a woman close to the Mashikhiri windmill in the far north of the Kruger National Park (KNP), breaking her left arm and leg...more

Elephant Twins in the Greater Kruger National Park

Elephants. Not an uncommon sight in the Kruger National Park area. At any given time, one is likely to encounter a breeding herd containing young...more

Elephants – the next protein source

Most protected areas that are large enough to house elephants already have a burgeoning population, thus translocations are no longer viable. Even the...more

Elephants Alive workshop presents animal rightists’ viewpoint only

I wish to comment on the lead article “Is there an elephant overpopulation in Kruger” which appeared in your August 4, 2005, edition...more

Elephants And Ethics Explored

What does the management of elephants have to do with abortion, cloning, HIV/Aids, stem cell research and the distribution of medicine during...more

Elephants and fire shaping tree populations

An icon of the lowveld, the baobab tree is probably one of the most charismatic representatives of the plant kingdom. Popular with humans and animals...more

Elephants Dont Always Keep It in the Family

In elephant society, nothing is more important than family. From traveling packs of mothers and calves to larger groups that contain aunts and cousins...more

Elephants feel it in their feet

Since the 1980s, people have known that elephants communicate with each other using infrasound – noises pitched too low for the human ear to detect them...more

Elephants go from Kruger to Karoo

The soft sound of elephant footfalls will once more echo through the sandy lands of the Karoo. A family group of elephants has been translocated from the...more

Elephants in the spotlight

As an experienced guide with a passion for wildlife and the bush, I have spent many years observing the behaviour and habits of elephants. Elephants...more

Elephants On The Move

On December 7, 2006 two vets, Dr Danny Govender and Dr Peter Buss from Kruger National Park Veterinary Wildlife Services, and pilot...more

Elephants To cull or not to cull That is the question

Ever since the SANParks director-of-theday succumbed to animal rights pressures, and stopped elephant culling in Kruger National Park in 1994, the...more

Elephants To cull or not to cull That is the question continued

Riverine forest habitats comprise largely evergreen trees growing in a narrow strip along a riverbank. The trees obtain their water from the river or...more

Emergency Call Centre now available in KNP

An emergency call center has been opened in the Kruger National Park's Protection Services building in Skukuza. The centre can be reached on 013 735 4325...more

Emergency water supply plans in Limpopo

With the drought in several districts of Limpopo starting to assume crisis proportions, the provincial government is considering several emergency water...more

Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur Winners Announced At Indaba

Stellenbosch wine farmer, Malmsey Rangaka of M'Hudi Wines has been named overall winner of the...more

Emerging Tusker MaMerle

This beautiful elephant cow is thought to e the biggest female tusker in Kruger. She was first seen and photographed near the Sabie River high-water...more

Emerging Tuskers in Kruger

This tusker has not been seen recently and therefore may have died. When last seen he had broken one of his tusks. Like Mashagadzi he lived in the area...more

Endangered and indigenous plants cultivated at Skukuza nursery

Not many visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) are aware of the impressive indigenous plant nursery...more

Endangered Mammals in SA

According to The Red Data Book of the Mammals of South Africa: A Conservation Assessment the top ten species identified as critically endangered...more

Endangered species languages linked at high biodiversity regions

Biodiversity hot spots – the world's biologically richest and most threatened locations on Earth – and high biodiversity wilderness areas – biologically...more

Enviro Perspectives on Animal Spotting with Dave Rushworth

In a different environment - such as game reserves - an inability to 'spot' things can result from the unfamiliar surroundings or a misunderstanding of...more

Enviro Perspectives on Animal Vision with Dave Rushworth

On the subject of vision - I mentioned that, with sufficient light, mammals, with a few exceptions, have monochrome vision and egg-laying animals...more

Enviro Perspectives on Association with Dave Rushworth

There are many instances of animals co-operating or associating with other species, presumably to increase their chances of survival. Many insects, birds...more

Enviro Perspectives on Beetles

A focus on blister beetles requires some comparison with, sometimes, similar looking longhorn (borer) beetles and a mention of the...more

Enviro Perspectives on Camouflage with Dave Rushworth

Our excellent array of field guides and other reference books record what is known about most aspects of natural history. There is still a huge field of...more

Enviro Perspectives on Ecological Principles with Dave Rushworth

Probably the most important things to understand, in the realm of 'matter', are the unchangeable principles or laws controlling the function of all...more

Enviro Perspectives on Flowers with Dave Rushworth

At this time of year there are numerous flowers to be seen by the keen observer. Many are long lived, or come out in progression over a long period...more

Enviro Perspectives on Grasshoppers with Dave Rushworth

To many townsfolk, the only exposure they will have to grasshoppers are those TV images of some macho bushman eating them in an attempt at 'survival'...more

Enviro Perspectives on Insects

With the uncertain onset of the rains and increasing temperatures many small creatures are becoming active. Many predatory species are taking advantage...more

Enviro Perspectives on Noise

Driven by a need for solitude and reality, greater numbers of people are flocking to wild areas in a bid to escape from their competitive existence...more

Enviro Perspectives on Progress with Dave Rushworth

It is the same all over the world - where selfishness and greed prevail, human developments clash directly with, and cause the destruction of, natural...more

Enviro Perspectives on Silence

While watching a large herd of buffalo crossing the road near Orpen recently, I was impressed by the relative silence and degree of organisation...more

Enviro Perspectives on Succession with Dave Rushworth

The concept of succession is normally related to physical aspects but it can be used to describe the inter-related processes in animal behaviour and...more

Enviro Perspectives on The White Lion Trust

The first two cubs born to a normal tawny female in the Umbabat Private Nature Reserve and the second two white cubs and two tawny cubs born to a tawny...more

Enviro Perspectives on Vision

Most people have no difficulty seeing objects in their home environment where they are, possibly sub-consciously, assisted by familiar movements...more

Enviro Perspectives Photos with Dave Rushworth

This week Dave lets nature speak for itself, through the eye of his camera lens, and reminds us to take another look at everything, saying that, “Caught...more

Enviro Perspectives with Dave Rushworth

All beetles belong to the order Coleoptera - which is 'the largest and most diverse order in the entire animal kingdom'. Of at least 370,000 identified...more

Environmental Change Re-draws Atlas of Africa

Africa's rapidly changing environmental landscape, from the disappearance of glaciers in Uganda's Rwenzori Mountains to the loss of Cape Town's unique...more

Environmental consciousness recognised

Umlani Bushcamp in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in South Africa was presented with The Wilderness Foundations sought after Green Leaf at an awards ceremony...more

Environmental hotspots not easy to spot

A new study published in the journal Nature has revealed that the Andes Mountains are the only biodiversity hotspot on the entire planet that merit...more

Environmental Network Gets Database Manager

The Phalaborwa-based Ndlovu Node of the South African Environmental Observation Network (Saeon) has recently gained an information manager in the...more

Environmental Urban Planner Donates Prize To Establish Fund

Students of green architecture, sustainable design for urban areas, engineering or science focussing on sustainable technologies will benefit...more

Enviropaedias donated

Francois Pienaar, representing the NGO, Make a Difference (MAD), donated several Enviropaedias to trainers and others at one of the Klaserie Private....more

Equipment donated to Nxanatseni region

Members of the Bushveld region Honorary Rangers (HR) handed over equipment to the value of R15,500 to the Kruger National Park's...more

Escalated anti poaching actions starting to yield results

South African National Parks (SANParks) announced earlier this months that more poachers have been apprehended in recent weeks due to the increased...more

Estimating Herbaceous Biomass Across Kruger Using Satellite Imagery

The information retrieved from satellite images taken from space often has to be checked and validated on the ground. This is exactly what the ambitious...more

EWT Calls For SEA

The executive director of the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), Dr Nick King, has called on finance minister Trevor Manuel to set aside one billion Rand...more

Ewt Focus On Youth To Celebrate World Rhino Day

In celebration of the work of the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) to end rhino poaching the organisation hosted two events ahead of World Rhino Day...more

EWT monitors DDT use

The impending onset of the rainy season means that the Department of Health will once again bring out their pesticides for malaria control....more

Ex-cop, KNP staff, Mozambicans arrested for rhino poaching

The police arrested four Kruger National Park (KNP) staff members, a well-known ex-cop turned criminal and seven Mozambicans in connection with...more

Exaggerated Threat to Tourism

It is interesting that visitors to our region display so little fear of long journeys in speeding automobiles, participation in hazardous adventure...more

Exceptional 2011 tourism performers recognised again at Welcome Awards

The year's most exceptional performers in the tourism industry were crowned at INDABA 2011 at the 2011 Welcome Awards held at Durban's...more

Experiencing Kruger the Bundu Way

On 10 – 12 December 2004 I had the privilege to of experiencing the Bundu Trail. The group was out on an afternoon / night drive and I arrived at the...more

Experiment Still Lights Scientists’ Fires After 54 Years

Keeping this valuable long-term experiment running accurately is the responsibility of Scientific Services fire ecologist, Navashni Govender. In early...more

Explore natures wonders at the Phalaborwa Orchid Show

The Phalaborwa Orchid Show is being held on September 2-3, 2005. The event is open to the public from 09h00 on Friday until late afternoon...more

Explore The Limpopo National Park From Its First Luxury Camp

The Machampane Wilderness Camp is nestled on the banks of the Machampane River with the luxurious en-suite tented camp overlooking the river...more

Exploring Kruger's Delights, Both New And Old

How do you package the essence of the Kruger experience into two days? Could it be spending five hours at the Nsemani dam near Satara...more

Famous tiger falls prey to poachers

The star of several documentaries and the first Siberian tiger to be fitted with a radio collar, Olga, is presumed dead. She is thought to have been...more

Farmers and bank battle over water provision

Citrus and mango farmers are currently battling it out with Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) over the delivery of water for irrigation and household use...more

Fascinating flower emerges

A rare Southeast Asian flower has bloomed in Hoedspruit. This peculiar flower has defied description and has been called the 'devil's flower', 'bat...more

Fast growing underwater volcano found

Growing at a rate of 20cm per day, a new volcano has been found under the ocean in the Samoan Island chain. Researchers say that the volcano has only...more

Felines eat more types of prey than canines

Faced with earlier studies stating that the big predators such as tigers, lions, and lynxes fulfil their dietary needs by eating one or two types of prey...more

Fellowship through song

Two cultures met in song (and dance) during a joint performance by the Purdue Varsity Glee Club (PVGC) and the Kruger National Park (KNP) choir in...more

Fence Between the Park and Limpopo Nature Reserve

When the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park was officially declared in 2002, Valli Moosa ceremonially cut down 20 metres of the fence separating the Kruger...more

Feral Cats as an Invasive Species

Although more commonly known for his expertise with alien plants, Llewellyn Foxcroft's latest collaboration to keep national parks as havens for...more

Fertilising The Timbavati Bush Gives Sanparks Scientists Food For Thought

It is a dilemma that probably bothers the odd tourist to the Kruger National Park, has almost certainly bothered more than one elephant, and is currently...more

Few Ground Hornbill Chicks Found in Kruger This Year

Out of 39 currently known southern ground hornbill nests in the Kruger National Park, only seven live chicks were found when the nests were checked in...more

Field guides elect new committee

The Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) held its annual general meeting at Southern Cross Schools in Hoedspruit on March 26, 2005. A new...more

Field Rangers Complete Training

After two weeks of gruelling training, 39 very proud field rangers received their certificates from Dr Bandile Mkhize, chief executive officer of the...more

Fig Trees and Wasps

The sycamore fig (Ficus sycomorus) is a tall, distinctive tree with a yellowish bark and fluted stem that is seen growing along the rivers in the Kruger National Park. This spectacular tree is home to a host of insects...more

Fight against TB a worry in Africa

The United Nations target of halving the number of people infected with tuberculosis (TB) by 2015 can still be met, despite the fact that the number of...more

Fighting for a clean Kruger

“Taking ownership of the park's wellbeing” trickled through as the fundamental theme of the 2011 Keep Kruger Clean Campaign which took place at the KNP's...more

Fighting Veld Fires

The 1998 veld and forest fire act places the burden on landowners to control fires on their land, but landowners have access to a variety of resources...more

Figs and Wasps

Figs and fig wasps have evolved to help each other out: Fig wasps lay eggs inside the fruit where the wasp larvae can safely develop, and in return, the...more

Finding A Way To Effectively Monitor Kruger's Biodiversity

The Kruger National Park has the declared mission of maintaining biodiversity in all its natural facets and fluxes, and it has a truly impressive array...more

Fire and Ants

Over 50,000 ants have stumbled into traps in the ground and thus into the hands of Kate Parr, who has been looking at how fire affects biodiversity in...more

Fire at Golden Gate National Park

In the early hours of Tuesday, September 15, 2009 a fire raged at the rest camp of the Basotho Cultural Village...more

Fire destroys house at prime estate

A thatch house in the wildlife estate of Raptor's View was gutted by fire on December 15, 2004. The house was struck by lightning shortly before 02h00...more

Fire experiments in Kruger continue

The first phase of the SavFIRE experiment saw survey teams collect grass data over 80 kilometres at 8 600 points on eight blocks of increasing size...more

Fire Storms and Their use in Conservation Management

Fire is an important and crucial driver within savanna ecosystems and is necessary in maintaining ecosystem functioning...more

Fires in Kruger

It's the time of year when smoke plumes set off alarm bells to many visitors in the Kruger National Park (KNP)...more

Fires regenerate African grassland

Are fires more important than rain for the savannah ecosystem. Natural grass fires are evidently more important for the ecology of savannahs...more

Fireside stories

Listening to various people talking about wild animal behavior, it is clear that certain jokes and amusing incidents portrayed in some books and films...more

First Dedicated Black Rhino Count Finds 55 Animals

The endangered black rhino is in the spotlight again. This time it's to find out how many of these elusive and secretive creatures there are in the...more

First soccer tournament held on new pitch

Mahlangene Ranger Station under Section Ranger, Reckson Seani, hosted a very successful soccer tournament on Sunday, March 6, 2005. The committee...more

First successful artificial insemination of rhino

The first successful artificial insemination of a rhinoceros has been accomplished by scientists from the Berlin Leibniz-Institute for Zoo and Wildlife...more

First walking trails in the Kruger National Park

Wilderness walks or trails are today nothing new. But almost thirty years ago, in 1978, this was a novelty that appealed to every wildlife enthusiast...more

First-hand Experience In Kruger

The close proximity of the South African Wildlife College to the Kruger National Park provides excellent opportunities for practical excursions for the...more

Fish For Tomorrow

Recognising the need to preserve South Africa's wetlands saw the launch of the 'working for wetlands' programme, which is a joint initiative by the...more

Fish nets join mosquito nets against malaria

New drugs to fight malaria may well lie at the bottom of the ocean, according to researchers studying over 2,500 samples from marine organisms...more

Fish, women and mercury

Scientists are warning that the danger of mercury poisoning may be greater than previously thought, especially for children and babies developing in the...more

Five Poaching Suspects Arrested in Kruger

The South African National Parks (SANParks) Environmental Crime Investigation (ECI) team and rangers arrested four suspected poachers in the Kruger...more

Five year study to detect link between worms and TB in buffalo

The Kruger National Park's Veterinary Wildlife Service Department started with the final stage of a Bovine Tuberculosis (BTB) research project, which...more

Five year survey aims to detect link between worms and TB in buffalo

If you come across a collared buffalo in the vicinity of Crocodile Bridge or Lower Sabie, chances are it is one of 200 animals...more

Fixed wing census results 2005

 The annual fixed wing game census in the Park was completed toward the end of July this year. In 1998, Kruger adopted a distance sampling technique...more

Flies friend or foe

My original intention was to talk about a small insect flying around our house since the warmer weather started. On the look out for mosquitoes, it...more

Floods still affect Sabie’s Matumi trees

Poking their tender tips into the hostile world, matumi seedlings choose the unlikeliest spots to germinate, unfurling their leaves happily while rooted...more

Flourishing Angolan Ivory Trade Worries Elephant Conservationists

The volume of elephant ivory available for sale in Angola has doubled over the last year or so, with over 1.5 tonnes of worked ivory products being sold...more

Flower power makes tropics wetter

The world is a cooler, wetter place because of flowering plants, according to new climate simulation results published in the June 2010 journal...more

FLOWER TIME

After this welcome period of rain, in a season that is predicted to be hot and dry, many of the later flowering plants are out in full bloom. While...more

Fly spit helps heal

A husband and wife team of researchers, Ed and Mary Cupp, at the Auburn University Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station have found a...more

Fly to Kruger Park from Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban

Here you can see daily flight departure and arrival time from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban to Kruger Mpumalanga International...more

Focus on green economy during environment month celebrations

What must concern us all is that the environment is not an infinite provider of resources. So said Edna Molewa, minister of environmental affairs at the...more

Focus Shifts To Grassland

Last year SANParks decided to scale down on its land expansion programme, which resulted in only 9 000 hectares being added...more

Follow The Dream Involving Mudholes And Missionaries

On a mission to bring clean drinking water to the rural poor, two enthusiastic Americans recently demonstrated the effectiveness of an award-winning...more

Food in Kruger

Ferdi Heyns is the sector executive chef for Kagiso Khulani Supervision Foods, a subsidiary of Compass South Africa. Garry Hamer is currently the...more

Food In Kruger - Bushveld Recipes

What better way to enjoy your bushveld safari in the Kruger National Park than to share the day's experience with your loved ones...more

Food In Kruger on Safari

Recipes by Garry Hamer Compass Food Services Manager Lower Sabie. Recipes developed and tested in the Kruger National Park...more

Foot And Mouth Roadblocks And Restrictions Lifted In Gravelotte Area

“The provincial department of agriculture wishes to inform all concerned that the Gravelotte area is free of foot and mouth disease as from 10 January...more

Foot and Mouth Zones Looked At

A meeting to discuss the location of foot and mouth control zones will be held in Pretoria on April 7, 2005. All provincial and na- tional departments...more

For The First Time Monkeys Observed To Being Self Aware

For 40 years, scientists have concluded from this type of behavior that a few species are self-aware — they recognise the boundaries between themselves...more

Forensics Help Fight Ivory Fraudsters

The forensic technique of carbon dating can now be used to help catch law-breaking ivory dealers...more

Forest Hardwood Sale Nets SANParks R615000

During the last week in April, SANParks auctioned off about 400m³ of native and foreign hardwoods, contributing about R615000 to its coffers...more

Forum Wants Compensation For Livestock Losses

Animals such as lions and elephants often cross the boundaries of the Kruger National Park (KNP) into the bordering communities and cause damage to crops...more

Forums Link Kruger And Communities

With topics ranging from the problems caused by hungry lions to the chance of finding a job in the park, monthly discussions are forging a link between...more

Four Kruger National Park staff arrested for rhino poaching

Four Kruger National Park (KNP) staff have been arrested in connection with rhino poaching. The suspects are all based in the Pretoriuskop section...more
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