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Four New Horseshoe Bats Species Discovered

Four new species of horseshoe bats have been discovered in East and Southern Africa, after scientists pieced together clues such as DNA data and the most...more

Four Sable Released Into Mapungubwe

Four sable have been reintroduced into the Mapungubwe National Park and will be closely monitored using GPS collars in a test exercise to see if the...more

Free Access To Koedoe On Web

Koedoe, initially known as the research journal for South African National Parks, published its fiftieth issue in 2008. Published annually since 1958 by...more

Free access to park to cultivate community interest

The 2009 SA National Parks Week was officially opened at Mopanie Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park on Monday, September 14...more

Free State hosts official tourism month celebrations

In keeping with Tourism South Africa's intention to showcase South Africa's wonders to its residents, the Free State will be the highlight of this year's...more

Frog Extinctions Clearly Linked To Global Warming

Global warming is wreaking havoc on amphibians, and soon will cause staggering losses of biodiversity...more

From The Bottom Of A Borehole To Satellite Heights

Izak Smit has been a regular visitor to the Kruger National Park since he can remember and it was therefore a dream come true for him when he was...more

Full circle for Letaba bats

When visitors at Letaba Camp in the Kruger National Park found one of the familiar bat houses in the camp had collapsed, little did they realise a cycle...more

Funding for malaria prevention saves childrens lives

In the 10 years since 2001, more money for the prevention of malaria has saved the lives of an estimated 850 000 children in Africa. This is according...more

Funds Raised For Fight Against Rhino Poaching

The annual Honorary Ranger (Ranger Support Services) Sunset Serenades were held in the Kruger National Park's (KNP) Letaba Rest camp in 2010...more

Fungi fight MALARIA mosquitoes

Scientists are thinking laterally in an attempt to combat one of Africa's worst killers – malaria. Using nature to fight nature, a new study has shown...more

Fungi-filled forests are critical for endangered orchids

Orchids account for about 10 percent of all plant species on earth, making them the biggest plant family. But many orchids are threatened and endangered...more

Furore Continues Over Much Debated Hunting Legislation

Following the release of hunting regulations that will come into force next year, the animal welfare group Animal Rights Africa has criticised and...more

Future of Africas Lions Under Debate

The main threats to lion populations were identified as loss of suitable habitat, a reduction in the lion’s wild prey base and humanlion conflicts....more

Gabons President burns 1200 ivory tusks

Gabon's president, Ali Bongo burned 1,200 ivory tusks plus assorted ivory carvings showing his commitment to tackle elephant poaching and illegal...more

Game Census 2004 in Kruger National Park

How the game census in the Kruger National Park, other than the buffalo and elephant census, is done, has changed significantly over the last 10 years...more

Game Farmers Not Happy with Government Threats About Underutilised Land

Under-utilised game farms could be targeted for land restitution purposes...more

Game Rangers Association

Paul Dutton is a remarkable man by anyone's standards. In his seventies, he is still an active pilot, flying his beloved partner of forty years, a Piper...more

Game Rangers Pay Tribute To Ian Player

During an awards ceremony in Letaba Camp in Kruger on February 19th, the Game Rangers' Association of Africa (GRAA) honoured Dr Ian Player with a...more

Game Rangers Speak Out On Elephant Management

The Game Rangers' Association of Africa (GRAA) has taken an official standpoint on the issue of elephant management, saying that...more

Game Sales Statistics for South Africa

South Africa is arguably the most important market for the sale of live game in Africa and in the world says Gerhard Damm in his newsletter, African...more

Genetically modified foods in SA

Currently South Africa grows three commercial crops that have been genetically modified, mainly for herbicide and insect tolerance. The three crops are...more

Genetically Modified Foods The Hot Debate

Genetically-modified (GM) foods and genetic engineering have become a hot topic of debate in recent years. Advances in biotechnology have made it...more

Get ready for the Tour de Kruger

The Tour de Kruger and the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park will offer 200 cyclists the chance to ride their mountain bikes through the dirt roads of...more

Get ready to explore the Limpopo National Park

Three tourism products are now on the go in the Limpopo National Park bordering the Kruger National Park...more

Getting to Banhine

Getting to Banhine is not easy, but it is exhilarating, no matter which route you take. Once you have turned off the Chokwe – Chiqualaquala road one...more

Giant 507 carat diamond found in South Africa

A rare 507 carat white diamond was discovered at the Cullinan Mine near Pretoria...more

Giant Ball In The Bush Gets Go-ahead

There will soon be a new landmark in the vicinity of Skukuza, in the form of a huge ball – six and a half metres in diameter - balanced on top of a tall...more

Giraffe electrocutions curtailed in Marloth Park

Consultation and communication may require effort and time, but seem to pay-off in the long run. Especially so for the giraffe population of Marloth Park...more

Giraffe relocated to Giriyondo

April saw the Kruger National Park Veterinary Wildlife Services Unit swing into action once more to capture and translocate animals for the Great...more

Giraffe Survives Despite Deformity

Rob Thompson, section ranger at Stolznek, observed a giraffe with a noticeably deformed jaw wandering with a group of four animals near an area known as...more

Giraffes Prefer Feeding At The Top

The giraffe's elongated neck has long been used in textbooks as an illustration of evolution by natural selection, but this common example has...more

Giriyondo Border Post

Lowveld Section Construction of the Mozambican side of the Giriyondo border post started recently. This photo was taken on February...more

Giriyondo border post opening

Reliable sources inform the Kruger Park Times that the Giriyondo Border Post linking the Kruger National Park with the Limpopo National Park in...more

Giriyondo Border Post opening soon

Although a specific date has yet to be set for the official opening of the Giriyondo Border Post between the Kruger National Park and the Limpopo...more

Girl Children Work In Kruger

Kruger National Park played host to 60 grade 11 and 12 girls from surrounding schools as part of the annual Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work initiative...more

Global Conservation Fundis Meet in Skukuza

South African National Parks (SANParks) hosted the World Protected Areas Leadership Forum (WPALF) from 16-19 August 2010, at Skukuza in the Kruger...more

Global listeners tune in to share Mac’s quest for a mate

Mac, an elephant tracked and monitored by Steve and Michelle Henley since 2002, is sharing his dating secrets with more than a million listeners across...more

Global tourism company extends interest in Africa

The state-owned company, Dubai World (DW) announced on April 17 that it has entered negotiations with the government of Benin...more

Global White Lion Project wants to set the record straight

In an attempt to 'set the record straight' and allay rumours about the re-establishment of the white lions in the Timbavati region, the Global White Lion...more

Globally Threatened Birds Pay For Their Sex

A new study published in the leading ornithological journal Ibis has uncovered that for the vast majority of bird species, there are more males than...more

GM Sorghum Project Blocked

The South African government has denied an application from a multi-million dollar project aimed at developing genetically modified sorghum...more

Going green doesnt have to mean slower economic growth

Author and democracy activist Frances Moore Lappé says our own pre-conceived ideas about how things should work is actually preventing us from...more

Golf course wins provincial award

The Hans Merensky Golf Estate in Phalaborwa recently received the Diamond Arrow Award for being the highest rated golf course in a survey conducted...more

Golf Game and Leisure in the Heart ot the Lowveld

For the golfing enthusiast there's the challenge of the resort's superb nine-hole golf course designed by Gary Player...more

Golf in aid of GRAA

The Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) hosted its eighth annual golfing day at Hans Meresnky Golf Club on Saturday, August 27...more

Golfing for the school

The first of two annual golf days in support of Skukuza Primary School took place on May 31, and brought in more than R20 000 for the school...more

Government Attempts To Put A Lid On Canned Hunting

Only large predators that come from either a wild population or a managed wild population may be hunted in terms of the new draft regulations put forward...more

Government Praises Hunters

Water and environmental affairs deputy minister, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, reiterated her commitment to the professional hunting industry of South Africa...more

Government to scrutinise the hunting industry

A panel of experts convened by Marthinus van Schalkwyk, minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, has until October to present the minister with a...more

Government to spend R14 billion on dams and pipes

The South African government plans to spend over R14.2 billion over the next three years on dams and water distributions systems according to the...more

GRAA Calls On Manuel To Reconsider Budget

The Game Rangers Association of Africa has called on Finance Minister Trevor Manuel to reconsider the budget allocated to the protection of protected...more

Grassland research surprises global warming scientists

A study on California's grasslands has shown that this particular ecosystem will not be able to help reduce the effects of global warming in the future...more

Grasslands

Years after the dinosaurs roamed the earth, the first grass species came into existence in the Miocene and Pliocene epochs, and vast grasslands began...more

Grasslands

HAENERTSBURG – Located in one of South Africa's dwindling ecosystems, the Louis Changuion hiking trail takes walkers through a 240ha stretch of...more

Greater Kruger becomes even greater

This year looks to be a good year for the growth of Greater Kruger – fences are being dropped east and west of the Kruger National Park...more

Greater Lebombo Conservancy on cards to curb rhino poaching

At the beginning of February this year, South Africa's minister of water and environmental affairs, Edna Molewa met Mozambique's minister of tourism...more

Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park Update

At a ministerial meeting held in Shingwedzi in August 2004, the final step was taken in the ratification of the Gaza-Kruger-Gonarezhou agreement...more

Greater Political Leadership and Public Awareness Needed On Climate Action

Ministers and heads of delegation from 22 countries met at Kapama Lodge outside Hoedspruit for a ministerial Indaba on climate action...more

Green gets gold at Natures Olympics

“The Congress, which has become known in Korea as “Nature's Olympics”, has brought home gold for conservation,” says Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director...more

Green Gumpoles Not So Green

Wooden structures like decks, bomas and lapas may be a potential threat to groundwater, contaminating both water and soil with high levels of arsenic...more

Green kids go for gold

It was a day for the old and the young, the traditional and the modern. The dull winter tones of the bush at Phabeni were brightened by the bright...more

Green Lessons For High School Teachers

The Saeon (South African Environmental Observation Network) Ndlovu node annual educators' workshop 2008 was held on February 16, 2008 at...more

Green Scorpions Crack Down On Crime In Gauteng

The department of environmental affairs training programme for Environmental Management Inspectors (EMIs) is already paying dividends, with the Gauteng EMIs...more

Green Scorpions Crackdown On Border Posts

The Gauteng Environmental Management Inspectors, better known as the Green Scorpions successfully tracked down and arrested rhino horn smugglers...more

Greetings From Harare

Greetings from Harare - and some impressions after a few days in this (still) beautiful country - where the trees are taller and the skies are bluer...more

Grietjie Vulture restaurant appeals for funding to repair damages

The vulture restaurant in the Grietjie Private Nature Reserve near Phalaborwa had some tree damage over Christmas after 150mm rains fell in the area...more

Grim record set with 341 rhino kills this year to date

Fuelled by demand from Viet Nam, rhino poaching in South Africa shows no signs of abating, with a record 341 (350 at the time of posting the e-Times in Nov)...more

Groenewald pilot pays fine for illegal landing in Mapungubwe Park

Helicopter pilot, Johannes Stone paid a fine of R2000 for illegally flying over and landing in Mapungubwe National Park during an air show in September...more

Ground hornbill capture methods investigated

Working with the University of Cape Town's Percy Fitzpatrick Institute, Sieglinde Rode has managed to catch two adult male ground hornbills in a trap...more

Ground Hornbill Conservationists Prioritise Future Work

The Endangered Wildlife Trust's Ground Hornbill Working Group formed a plan of action at their recent Population and Habi- tat Viability Assessment...more

Growing a green generation

“Tell them and they might forget. Show them and they might remember, but involve them and they will understand.” Confucius...more

Guernsey Road Upgraded

The Bohlabela District Municipality will facilitate the upgrade of 12km of the Guernsey Road on behalf of the Maruleng Municipality...more

Guides Diary

Walking the path of the lion, the king of the earth, is indeed a privilege that awakens one's spirit and leaves one with the most precious memories of...more

Gumboot dancers entertain visitors

Justicia, a village located in the communal areas between Thulamahashe and the Kruger Gate to the Kruger National Park, is home to an enterprising group...more

Guts And Glory

The Kruger Park/Sterling Light Lager annual half marathon took place at Skukuza on Saturday, 5 August 2006. Up for yet another challenge, more than 1000...more

Hackers fight Queen of the Night

The Honorary Rangers (HR) have declared war on alien plants. Armed with their knapsack sprayers and metal spikes HRs of the Lowveld region targeted...more

Hackers vs Aliens

A work party of the Honorary Rangers (HR) hacked away in the Kruger National Park (KNP), clearing 590 adult Lantana plants in three days...more

Hardus and Thato realise a dream

Hardus Brits and Thato Segapo realised one of their dreams recently when they went on a rhino capture in the Kruger National Park (KNP)...more

Have Domestic Dogs Infected Kgalagadis Lions

While four lion deaths are not particularly significant, the vet alert kicks in when these deaths are attributed to a disease more commonly found in...more

Have you spotted the Big Six

The big five mammal species are generally a must-see for tourists to Kruger National Park, but fewer people are aware of the big six. These are six bird...more

Have Your Say! Public Participation In Environmental Impact Assessments

There are many laws in South Africa designed to protect the environment, but the Environment Conservation Act of 1989 that governs environmental impact...more

Having a good corporate green reputation

Researchers at a Kansas State University in the United States and other collaborators found that companies with the worst environmental performance...more

Heads Of State Put Giriyondo On The Map

The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park Giriyondo Tourism Access Facility opened its gates to the public on December 7, 2005. On August 16, 2006, those...more

Heavy Rains Crack Lesotho Dam, Communities Concerned

This season's good rainfalls have caused concern in Lesotho, where one of the world's highest rockfall dams has sprung a leak. One panel of the 145m...more

Heavy Rains In Kruger

In spite of heavy rains in the Kruger National Park over the  weekend of March 3 to 5, most gates and camps were  accessible. The only exception was...more

Helicopter Pilot

Roy Stout was employed as a third pilot in the mid 70s to lighten the additional workload caused by the construction of the fence on the border of...more

Help enforce the law against illegal dog hunting

Illegal hunting with dogs is rife in parts of South Africa and this is having a serious impact on wildlife, including the Endangered Oribi...more

Help Fight The Spread Of Deserts This June

Every year, 12 million hectares of land become useless for cultivation, as the problem of desertification spreads out around the globe. This year is...more

Help Find Ground Hornbill Nests

If you venture out for a game drive early in the morning, you might be lucky enough to hear the haunting sounds of southern ground hornbill, as the male...more

Help Identify the New Big Tuskers

During the 70s, former warden of the Park, dr U de V (Tol) Pienaar had a vision to share the beauty and splendour of Kruger's Big Tuskers with the rest...more

Help Monitor Life on Earth

Scientists asked people around the world to help compile an internet based observatory of life on earth as a guide to everything from the impact of...more

Heritage Month Focus

September is Heritage Month and the Ministry of Arts and Culture and Members of the Executive Councils (MECs) have adopted the theme: “Celebrating”...more

Heritage sites in Kruger restored

Honorary rangers (HR), Johan and Colleen Kotze, restored 55 heritage sites in the Kruger National Park to their glimmering best...more

Hide And Seek

Camouflage is commonly used to help animals blend with their background. Most species have a fixed pattern or colour adapted to their usual habitat...more

High Court Dismiss Captive Lion Hunting Appeal

South Africa's Bloemfontein High Court dismissed the application for appeal against a court judgement that captive bred lions must be free roaming...more

High Schools Rewarded For Eco Efforts

Mdluli High School and Frank Maghinyama High School have been chosen by the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve as the two schools that have best put into...more

Hippo Sibling Rivalry

What looked like a rather severe case of hippo sibling rivalry was spotted on a recent trial of the forthcoming Olifants Backpacking Trail...more

Hippos and Algae Implicated in Multiple Animal Deaths

Three years ago, we reported on the how a spot of forensic detective work by Kruger National Park and state veterinarians revealed the cause of...more

Hippos Cause Lethal Algae Bloom in Man-Made Dams

A spot of forensic detective work by Kruger National Park (KNP) and state veterinarians has revealed the cause of a number of animal deaths that occurred...more

History Of Kruger To Be Reprinted

The comprehensive history of the Kruger National Park, “Neem Uit Die Verlede”
(“Taken from the past”) is due to be reprinted this year...more

History recorded on Rocks

Pictures define people. As much as they tell stories about what they portray, they also reveal a lot about the people that created them...more

HIV Awareness Campaign Undertaken In Kruger

An HIV/Aids Awareness campaign kicked off in the Kruger National Park on February 21, with a weeklong campaign aimed at reaching every staff member...more

Hlanganini Spotted

Hlanganini is one of Kruger's emerging uskers. This photo was taken by a visitor in December...more

Hoedspruit Game Ranger Nominated To Represent Africa At World Congress

To try and ensure that today's young game rangers can follow in the footsteps of older and more experienced conservationists, the International Ranger...more

Hoedspruit Lion Man Mountain Bike Race 2005

Get your cycling gear ready for the 1st Hoedspruit Lion Man Mountain Bike race to take place on October 1, 2005. The race has two categories...more

Hoedspruit rallies after storm

Almost three weeks after tropical depression Dando caused severe flooding in the greater Hoedspruit area, the town is still without drinking water...more

Home-grown Mosquito Repellent Candle Due Out Soon

A new, highly effective mosquito repellent candle developed by the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) may hit the shelves this July...more

Honorary Ranger Golf Day

A golf day is going to be held at the Kruger Park Lodge on the 16th April 2005. We are planning a two field for the day. The competition format is going...more

Honorary Rangers Celebrate 10th Sunset Serenade

To mark the annual Honorary Ranger (HR) (Ranger Support Services) Sunset Serenade's 10th anniversary, this year two functions were held in the...more

Honorary rangers contribute R12 million to national parks

From January 1 to December 31 last year, the Honorary Ranger's (HR) corps contributed more than R12 million to the coffers of SANParks...more

Honorary Rangers Counter Poaching Raises More Than R1 million

Since the beginning of 2008, the Honorary Rangers Counter Poaching and Ranger Support Services National Project (CP&RSS) has raised over R1 million...more

Honorary Rangers donate counter poaching equipment valued at R1.75million

The SANParks Honorary Rangers (HR) donated R1.75 million worth of counter poaching equipment to the Kruger National Park (KNP) rangers at a handover...more

Honorary Rangers Help Boost SANParks

Four months into 2010 and the Honorary Rangers (HR) have ticked off some milestone events on their 'to do' list for the year...more

Honorary Rangers Meet with Kruger National Park Management

Members of the Honorary Rangers (HR), led by chairman of the national executive council, Janssen Davies, met with the managing executive of the Kruger...more

Honorary Rangers raise the roof at Phalaborwa

Representatives of the Honorary Rangers (Bushveld Region) and SANParks staff came together for a small ceremony at the Lapa at the Phalaborwa Staff...more

Honorary Rangers train hotel staff

The front-line staff of the prestigious five-star Cape Grace, situated on a private quay at the V & A Waterfront attended a training course at Table...more

Hooded Vulture Now Considered Endangered

South Africa is home to nine Vulture species. Seven of these are listed in the Red Data Book of Birds of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland (Barnes...more

Hornbills Loose Ground

There is a very real possibility that South Africa may lose its Ground Hornbills within the near future if something radical is not done.” This was one...more

Host Countries Set Up Troika

The Governments of Denmark, Mexico and South Africa – hosting COP15, COP16 and COP17, respectively- have established a Troika...more

Hotel Groups Stop Travel Agent Commission Scheme

Two of South Africa's top hotel groups are following in the wake of South Africa's airlines in their decision to stop paying travel agent's commission...more

Hotel in Kruger

The development of an hotel at the confluence of the Timfene Spruit and the Crocodile River in the Kruger National Park (KNP) seems to be going ahead...more

Hotel In Kruger To Open Doors In 2013

The first internationally branded hotel in the Kruger National Park is planned for opening in 2013...more

How Birds See is Key to Avoiding Power Line Collision

Conservationists at the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) have, with the financial support of Eskom, embarked on a research project that will enable them...more

How do animals move in relation to temperature

What different things do animals do on hot days compared to cooler days? How much do they move around at night, if at all?...more

How do Tree Seedlings Survive all the Hungry Herbivores

Investigating whether browsing antelope are eating the young seedlings as they start to grow and if this is having an effect on the survival and growth...more

How Do Trees and Grass Live Together in the Landscapes of Kruger

A slow silent war rages between trees and grass in the veld and what determines who gets the upper hand has prompted further investigation. The...more

How Fast Do Trees Grow

At what rate do trees really grow? This is a question that has puzzled scientists and botanists over the years. As trees are a primary food source for...more

How Many Animals Are There In Krugers Mozambican Counterpart

The GLTP is regarded as part of a bigger conservation area, measuring almost 100 000km2. In 2001, the eyes of the world were...more

How Many Lions Are There In Kruger

The question of exactly how many lions there are in the Kruger National Park has been asked at various times over the years, with numbers of around 2,000...more

How Many More Species Will Go the Way of the Dinosaurs

According to the IUCN, which is the oldest and largest global environmental network, governments have failed to meet targets to reduce the rate of...more

How roads changed information flow patterns in village

Roads changed the social structure and economy of a rural village. With the roads came a change in human information flow patterns that...more

How Small Farms Could Feed the World

As an African Union summit on agricultural investments opened in Libya, donors and non-profits called participants' attention to the role smallholder...more

How the world has changed in 20 years

The report tracks economic, environmental, social,geopolitical and technological trends. The environmental changes that have swept the planet over the...more

How To Keep Elephants Out Of Your Mealies

Forget hedges, fences, torches and shouting – if you want to keep an elephant out of your mealies you need to light fires, make a huge racket bashing...more

How To Make Wild Dogs Stay

When the Northern Tuli Game Reserve management released 18 wild dogs on the reserve in April 2008, they were about to find out if...more

How was the biodiversity monitoring done

Groups of specialists and stakeholders of about eight to 12 people, depending on the sites, compiled a snapshot inventory of the various organisms and...more

How Well Do Guides Know Their Lions

Lion sightings are high on nearly every tourist's priority list when they visit a big five area, and guides at lodges often go to a lot of trouble to...more

Huge catfish caught in Thailand

A freshwater fish weighing almost 300kg, more than an adult male lion, was caught by fishermen in the Mekong River. This is the largest catfish ever...more

Huge fish deaths in Olifants

Hundreds of fish have died in the Olifants River about 15 km from Olifants Camp in the Kruger National Park (KNP)...more

Huge Haul Of Smuggled Ivory Found In Hong Kong

A search of a shipping container supposedly carrying timber from Cameroon netted Hong Kong customs officials 3.9 tonnes of illegal ivory on May 9, 2006...more

Huge Vulture Deaths in Wildlife Poisoning Event

At least 45 vultures have been poisoned, 27 of them fatally, after feeding on a kudu carcass on the farm Antioch, 20km outside of Hoedspruit...more

Human development should be our concern

As our planet hits the 7 billion-people mark an international team of population and development experts argues that it is not simply the number...more

Human Impact on Hyaena Behaviour

Is there a hyena hotel in Skukuza? This may seem like a strange question but researchers from the Mammal Research Institute (MRI) at the University of....more

Hunt On For Wounded Elephant

Environmental affairs officials are still hunting for a wounded elephant that was shot at the junction of the tar road between Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit...more

Hunting can help protect wildlife in South Africa

In the Sunday Independent of May 17, 2009, David Mabunda, chief executive officer of SANParks (South African National Parks) commented on hunting in...more

Hyena becomes Roly-Poly with his elephant snacks

Activity around an elephant bull carcass is yielding interesting observations for hyena researcher in the Kruger National Park (KNP)...more

Hyena pups increase assertiveness to prevent hunger

A new scientific study shows for the first time in spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) twin litters, that success in sibling competition for maternal milk is...more

Hyena Research Update

The ongoing hyena research in and around Skukuza in the Kruger National Park has moved to the next level. This has involved collecting faecal (dung)...more

Hyenas ability to count helps them decide to fight or flee

Being able to count helps spotted hyenas decide to fight or flee, according to research at Michigan State University. When animals fight, the larger...more

I CAN For Conservation

It has been calculated that to replace the wood and paper we use in a year, each and every one of us needs to plant at least one new tree every year...more

IDs brought to people in deep rural area

Wits Rural Facility and the Department of Home Affairs joined forces to bring desperately needed identity documents to the most vulnerable people in deep...more

Illegal Ivory trade still strong in Egypt

Tourists buying ivory are potentiating this illegal trade, making a mockery of CITES and fueling the poaching of Africa's elephants. So says Tom...more

Illegal Mines Flourish

In South Africa there is a mining industry that is estimated to be worth about R4 billion annually and is rapidly expanding with little thought to the...more

Impact Assessment for De Hoop Dam to be released

For five weeks following August 18, 2005 the public can review the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the construction of the 80m high dam...more

Impala killer case postponed again

Four people, accused of bludgeoning at least six impala to death in Skukuza, appeared in court at White River again. The four men allegedly trapped...more

Impala killers dismissed

The four men who trapped at least six impala against a fence and bludgeoned them to death in the Skukuza laundry yard have been fired. An internal...more

Importance of tracking diseases associated with illegal wildlife

The increase in international travel and trade brings with it an increased risk of unmonitored pathogens via the illegal wildlife trade, said Dr. Denise McAloose...more

Important Bird Areas And Protected Areas Under Review By Birdlife

BirdLife Partners in Africa recently convened an inaugural meeting in Botswana in March 2008, to review progress in the ‘Monitoring of Important Bird...more

In short

A suspect was wounded. Meetings of the Tzaneen Eco Club. Keep Kruger Clean-campaign....more

In Short...

Nearly 80 000 dogs, cats and other domestic animals have been vaccinated against the potentially fatal rabies disease in Mpumalanga. Construction of the...more

In the kingdom of the ant a mighty curiosity rules

Forget the 'roo - Dr Andersen says it's ants that put Australia on the map.“We're the kingdom of the ant...more

Indaba snippets

From Saturday May 7 to Tuesday, May 10, 1 646 exhibitors hustled and bustled to make the most of Indaba 2005, said to be the biggest in its 23 year...more

India Bans Drug To Protect Vultures

The Indian government has ordered a halt to the sale of the veterinary drug diclofenac (Voltaren). Veterinary businesses have been given three months...more

Indigenous Knowledge for Fine Dine Cuisine

Manager and executive chef, Hanroe Esramus', whose trademark culinary style is to incorporate indigenous knowledge in fine dine cuisine hosted several...more

Indigenous Plants Take Centre Stage

The second Annual Mpumalanga Indigenous Plant sale blossomed from September 22-20, 2006 at Forever Resorts Aventura Badplaas, drawing respected botanists...more

Innibos Winner

The Kruger National Park sponsored the third prize for the “Footprint of the Lowveld” photo competition that was held during the Innibos festival in...more

Insect biodiversity studied with enthusiasm

Nature documentary fans may be familiar with the photogenic 'leaf cutter' ants that chop down leaves to feed their fungus factories, but few would guess...more

Insects Getting More Attention In Kruger

The eruption of two insect species in the Mooiplaas ranger section within a short successive period caught the attention of not only personnel in the...more

Integrated Effort to Combat Rhino Killings in South Africa

MECs responsible for environment portfolios in provinces has called for integrated anti poaching efforts to halt the growing number of rhinoceros being...more

Intensive Lion Research Initiated

Kruger National Park's lion population faces an uncertain future - or does it? That was the question facing scientists at a Lion Bovine Tuberculosis...more

Interesting cloud formation

“It is difficult to gauge the height of these clouds from this photo, but they look about 5000-8000ft above ground level. This would make them...more

International Assistance With Landscape Monitoring

How to monitor the degradation of the landscape and vegetation has been a question intriguing ecologists over the years...more

International Elephant Conservation and Research Symposium

The International Elephant Foundation and the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa announced that the International Elephant Conservation...more

International Elephant Foundation supports elephant conservation worldwide

The International Elephant Foundation (IEF) announced on January 9, 2012 that it will provide more than R1,75 million to support 19 elephant conservation...more

International scientists to visit Orpen research facility

Distinguished scientists from Texas A & M University will be visiting the Hans Hoheisen research facility near Orpen Gate this month with a view to using...more

International wildlife vets to research near Orpen Gate

Distinguished doctors from dozens of destinations are due to descend on Hans Hoheisen Wildlife Research Facility near Orpen Gate in due course. On 8...more

International Year of Biodiversity 2010

The CBD is one of the most signed onto treaties in the world, and deals with the need to sustain the rich diversity of life on Earth...more

Intolerance

As residents in a 'rural' area, we invariably need to protect our living space against 'invaders' that would otherwise threaten our health and property...more

Invasive Alien Bird Species Pose A Threat

The department of environmental affairs has declared two bird species as invasive aliens – the Indian mynah and the mallard duck...more

Invasive alien species needs closer attention

Millions of people are dependent on wild species for their livelihood. Freshwater ecosystems are under substantial pressure from expanding human...more

Invest Says Patel

South Africa's economic development Minister Ibrahim Patel said the country has a responsibility to explore new innovative ways to...more

Is August the new September

Become a CLIMATE BUDDY and help us find out ...Everyone in South Africa seems to have noticed that the weather is unusual for this time of year...more

Is Climate Change Affecting Our Birds. Help Us Find Out

Researchers at the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) are calling on our country's birders to join them in monitoring the impact...more

Is Kamfers Dam On The Brink Of Collapse

A recent water quality study, conducted by Dr Jan Roos from Water Quality Consultants in Bloemfontein, has found that Kamfers Dam's water quality has...more

Is the issue really hunting

About 80 members of the ANC Youth League descended on the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve adjoining the Kruger National Park on Saturday, May 8, 2005...more

Is The Shepards Tree Magical

The Shepherd's Tree, Boscia albitrunca, is the larval food plant for 14 different species of butterflies in the KNP and southern Africa...more

Is There A Rhino War Looming?

There is great concern that a “white rhino war” is looming in the Kruger National Park (KNP) and surrounding areas. Since October 2007, about 20...more

Is There An Elephant overpopulation in Kruger

The Kruger National Park (KNP) does not have an elephant overpopulation and there is no need to cull at present. This was the majority opinion at the...more

Islands add to Addo’s biodiversity

Environmental Affairs and Tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk had a busy day at Addo Elephant National Park when he announced the addition of two...more

Issuing Of Permits Subject To BEE Compliance

The granting of permits in Sanparks will be subject to compliance with the requirements of the BEE Tourism Scorecard and the Sanparks supply chain...more

It doesnt take brains to pick a World Cup winner

The Cape vulture – one of Africa's largest birds of prey - is believed to be under threat from the followers of muti magic in South Africa...more

Its All In The Laugh

Acoustic analysis of the 'giggle' sound made by spotted hyenas has revealed that the animals' laughter encodes information about...more

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species DID YOU KNOW

The IUCN Red List has a long established history as the world's most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of plant and...more

IUCN suggests balanced harvesting of fish

“For centuries, it has been believed that selective fishing that avoids young, rare and charismatic species and focuses on older and larger individuals...more

IUCNs Red List of Ecosystems gains momentum

Modelled on the influential IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, the Red List of Ecosystems will identify if an ecosystem is vulnerable, endangered...more

Ivory dealer loses appeal

A Northern Cape man's appeal against a conviction of being an accomplice in the unlawful dealing of two ivory tusks was dismissed by the Supreme Court...more

Ivy League Students Visit Kruger’s Classrooms

Every October for the past seven years, twenty students from an American university pitch up in Skukuza Camp as part of their studies of various...more

Jam-packed agenda for sixth science network meeting

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will host scientists and researchers from around the world at the sixth annual SANParks Science Network Meeting...more

Johannesburg

Johannesburg is the most powerful commercial centre on the African continent. Johannesburg generates 16% of South Africa's GDP and employs 12% of the national workforce....more

Joining forces against poaching

A joint effort from conservation agencies and the community against environmental and general crime in the central lowveld is reaping benefits – up to a...more

Joke of the Bushveld Competition

Joke 2005 was the 27th year the tournament was played at Skukuza and was again a huge success with capacity fields on all four days...more

Journalist And Elephant Expert Debate The Use Of Game As Protein

A journalist for Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper has been criticised for proposing that Kenya's starving should be provided with protein by culling...more

Jury Still Out on Whether New Mosquito Carries Malaria

A new species of mosquito has been discovered by South African researchers, adding to the pantheon of some 140 species of Anopheles mosquitoes in Africa...more

Kalahari, Kruger and Carnivores the passions of Gus Mills

After more than 30 years, Gus Mills is returning to the home of his heart in the sands of the Kalahari, to once again conduct groundbreaking research...more

Kalwerbossie At Risk Of Over Harvesting

Kalwerbossie, better known by its scientific name Pelargonium sidoides, is at risk of over-harvesting because it is very slow growing...more

Karoo National Park to Introduce Lions

Karoo National Park, situated near Beaufort West, celebrated its 30th Anniversary with the announcement that lions would be introduced...more

KEEP KRUGER CLEAN campaign celebrates its 6th year

Lucy Nhlapo, head of tourism and marketing in the Kruger National Park (KNP) kick-started the Keep Kruger Clean campaign for the 6th consecutive year...more

Keeping An Eye On Duke

The bush was littered with people, watching his every move. They saw him desperately wanting to outrun the helicopter, saw the dart strike...more

Keeping an eye on global vegetation

Food, fuel, and shelter, ie vegetation, is one of the most important requirements for human populations around the world...more

Kilimanjaro’s Icy Crown Melting Fast

Kilimanjaro's snowy crown is fast disappearing, as predicted by experts several years ago. This means not just the loss of  the tourist attraction of...more

Kingsley Holgate takes to the road to promote transfrontier conservation

Well-known Africa explorer, Kingsley Holgate, will lead an expedition across nine Southern African Development Countries (SADC) from May to August 2009...more

Klaserie Childrens Eco Training Celebrates International year of Biodiversity

To increase the understanding of the vital role that biodiversity plays in sustaining life on Earth, Maureen Lahoud was invited to assist in teaching the...more

Know Your Park

The first motorist entered the Kruger National Park in 1927. Visitors paid £1 entrance fee and that year the Park realised a full £3. There were no huts...more

Know your park - Nxanatseni

The area is bordered by 90 kilometres western boundary with Limpopo Province and 121 kilometres eastern boundary with Mozambique and on the Limpopo river...more

Know your Park - Whats in a name

The literal meaning of shirnia-ntanga is “early gardener”, but according to MJ van Waremelo and HP Junod, this was probably the name of an early local...more

KNP Achieverment Awards 2010 -2011

Sergeant Wilson Siwela from Crocodile Bridge Ranger Section was the worthy recipient of the Kruger Cross, the Kruger National Park's (KNP) highest award...more

KNP awards its achievers for excellence

Solly Mathonse received the bravery award at the 12th Kruger National Park (KNP) Achievement Awards that took place on Friday, April 20 2012 in Skukuza...more

KNP Collects Bounty from Balloons

A Boksburg school, the Mooiplaas Ranger Section and a bunch of balloons were linked together in the strangest of ways earlier this month...more

KNP emerging contractors receive technical skills training

The Kruger National Park (KNP)'s head of technical services, Blake Schraader presented certificates to 150 emerging contractors in Skukuza on August 19...more

KNP Emerging Tuskers Competition 2006 Winners Announced

The 2006 Kruger National Park (KNP) Emerging Tuskers Competition attracted more than 180 individual entries and has identified eight new emerging tuskers...more

KNP head office is NOT moving to Phalaborwa

There is no truth to a rumour that has resurfaced regarding the relocation of the Kruger National Park's (KNP) head office from Skukuza to Phalaborwa...more

KNP Law Enforcers Receive Rank Insignia

Traffic officers, visible policing and other members of the Kruger National Park's (KNP) protection services department were ceremoniously handed rank...more

KNP Man Honoured With Unesco Award

A core member of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB), Dr Llewellyn Foxcroft, was one of ten recipients of the 2010 Man and...more

KNP receives wheelchairs for use by tourists when needed

In a gesture of goodwill, the Germiston's Rotaract Club presented the Kruger National Park (KNP)'s managing executive, Abe Sibiya with 15 wheel chairs...more

KNP Recognises Staff Achievements

Hard work, going the extra mile and excellent performance were recognised at the Kruger National Park's glittering 10th achievement awards in Skukuza on...more

KNP Technical Services Personnel Receive NQF Certificates

Nine senior officials from the Kruger National Park technical services department recently completed their National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level...more

Koedoe Update

The latest articles published in Koedoe focus on vegetation and plant communities...more

Krazies in Kruger

As a frequent visitor to the Park, plus reader of your newspaper I am always astounded by the photographs taken of people who blatantly disobey the...more

Krazies in Kruger

Kruger rangers, protection services personnel and traffic officials of the Kruger National Park will be on high alert this festive season and will have...more

Krazies in Kruger

We often visit Kruger Park and see people doing crazy things, but this time I decided to send you some photographic evidence...more

Krazies in Kruger

We visited the park on Sunday, the 1st of May 2005 and found these people showing themselves outside their cars at a lion sighting on the Lower-Sabie...more

Krazies in Kruger

We took these photos on the 1st of January as well as the 7th of January 2007. They drove into the field almost on top of the lions and the other at...more

Krazies in Kruger - 22 March 2005

This photo was taken by my daughter Belinda in February 2005 at midday at Rhidondo Pan. In the car was my wife, my mother-in-law from England and my...more

Krazies in Kruger - 27 April 2005

I was recently visiting the Kruger National Park, staying at Satara.Whilst there we came across 11 hungry lions eating the remains of a Giraffe...more

Kruger Awards Top Achievers

For the ninth year in a row, the Kruger National Park rewarded its staff during the 2007 Achievement Awards Ceremony, which was held on Friday, November...more

Kruger Bids Farewell To Kobus Wentzel

Kobus Wentzel, regional ranger in the far north of the park, thanked friends and colleagues at a function to bid him farewell at Shingwedzi on Saturday...more

Kruger buffalo kills suspected fish poacher

A buffalo killed a suspected fish poacher in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on February 21, 2012. The incident was reported to the Chief of Mavilingwe...more

Kruger Call Centre Handles Wide Variety of Calls

The Kruger Emergency Call Centre has now been up and running for just over a year. It receives around five calls a day, ranging from traffic accidents...more

Kruger Celebrates Its Cultural Heritage

Kruger's soccer field was transformed on September 23, 2006 when the park celebrated Heritage Day. A huge map of the Kruger National Park was created...more

Kruger Clean-Up

The Central region of the Kruger National Park held a clean-up day on Friday, October 7, 2005. Teams targeted the roads between Nwanetsi, Olifants Camp...more

Kruger donates trees to spread greening message with youth

The Kruger National Park (KNP)'s managing executive, Abe Sibiya handed over 25 indigenous trees to the educators and pupils of Mjejane Primary School to...more

Kruger e-field Guide Creator Battles Cancer

Douw “Swannie” Swanepoel, former Kruger section ranger renowned for bringing computer-age technology to the ancient art of tracking and for developing an...more

Kruger elephants head for Zululand Rhino Reserve

It was a very early start on Friday August 26, leaving Skukuza at 04:30, to capture two elephant bulls in the Crocodile Bridge section...more

Kruger Fire Raises a Storm

Park visitors came across severely burnt animals, notably rhino, and conveyed their horror to the media...more

Kruger Fishing Competition Gives Rise to More Tall Tales Than Fish

The Honorary Rangers (HR) of the Bushveld region hosted a fish- ing competition at the Reënvoël Dam in the Nxanatseni (South) region of the Kruger Park...more

Kruger gives soccer kit to school kids

The Kruger National Park (KNP)'s head of people and conservation, Helen Mmethi handed a complete soccer kit for school children to the sports coordinator...more

Kruger Gives Wings To a Passion For Birds

Geoff Lockwood has birding in his veins, and his fascination with birding began in the Kruger National Park (KNP). He first visited Kruger with his...more

Kruger Gorge

The rehabilitation OF Massingir Dam could lead to the destruction of sections of The Olifants River gorge that has no parallels elsewhere in South Africa...more

Kruger Guides Spread Their Wings

The Kruger National Park is renowned for its birdwatching attractions and is regarded as one of the birding Edens of the country. With its list of over...more

Kruger hands over 400 boxes of books

Circuit managers from 12 school circuits bordering Kruger accepted 400 boxes of books donated by the Kruger National Park (KNP) and its partners. This...more

Kruger History

A Trip Down Memory Lane with John Parsons, now residing in Graaf-Reinett: In 1955 I had never before seen the Kruger Park. From others, I had heard...more

Kruger Home To the Biggest Stick Insects

Should you happen to be wandering around a campsite in Kruger at night, direct your torch light into the trees – if your eyes are sharp enough you might...more

Kruger honours its rangers

Rangers with 30 years and more service in the park received trees as a tribute on behalf of all KNP rangers. In a tribute to the Kruger National Park...more

Kruger Hosts Third Annual Corporate Golf Day

More than 100 golfers from both government and the private sector met on the fairways of Skukuza's picturesque golf course on Thursday October 25, 2007...more

Kruger Indigenous Games

Mopani district was the overall winner of this year's Limpopo indigenous games with 14 points followed by the Vhembe district with nine points. Six...more

Kruger Memory Photo Competition

Fatima Patel has won two nights for two at Wilderness Safaris Pafuri Camp in the far north of the Park. This stunning tented camp is located in the...more

Kruger National Park - Did you know

The Kruger National Park was first proclaimed in 1898 as the Sabie Game Reserve by the then president of the Transvaal Republic, Paul Kruger...more

Kruger National Park Field Rangers Strike called off

Kruger National Park Field Rangers' Strike called-off: at least 93 rhinos poached during the strike. The South African National Parks (SANParks) field...more

Kruger National Park Newsclips

It's War. Moving Kruger's Border so Hunters Can Kill. Sanparks Corrects Double Booking 2010. Kruger Park Land Claims. Archaeological Research at Sabi...more

Kruger National Park Rangers Diary

In nature there are many examples of animals that have adapted to the specific circumstances of their environment, but for an individual animal to have...more

Kruger National Park Rangers Diary - October 1955

Repairing fowl hook which the baboons had completely damaged. The septic tank at my quarters blocked and I had to open same, clean, and refill with...more

Kruger National Park Steps Up Fight Against Poachers

With the appointment of 57 new field rangers, the Kruger National Park (KNP) is stepping up its crime fighting ability against the increasing incidences...more

Kruger Objects to Development on Crocodile River

In November last year, the Mpumalanga Department of Agriculture Land Administration issued an instruction to stop all construction on an extension to...more

Kruger Park 2005 - 6 In Review

A total number of 1 243 4657 tourists visited the Kruger National Park during the 2005/6 financial year. According to the Sanparks 2005/6 annual report...more

Kruger Park Bees Under Threat From Parasites

In 1997 a deadly parasite entered South Africa, possibly sneaking into the country at Simonstad harbour in the Cape. Known as Varroa destructor, this...more

Kruger Park Changes Day Visitor Booking Policy

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

Kruger Park Exit Permits

As at the end of October 2006, all guests leaving the Kruger National Park (KNP) must be in possession of a valid exit permit...more

Kruger Park field rangers strike enters week five

The Kruger National Park Field rangers have been on strike since February 3, 2012. Their labour union, Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of...more

Kruger Park May Benefit From New Helicopter Ambulance

Anyone suffering an accident in the Kruger National Park (KNP) may soon find help close at hand, both from Kruger's new emergency call centre and from...more

Kruger Park Ranger Vists Japan

Vlakteplaas ranger Reckson Seane was invited to Japan to attend a course on Wildlife Conservation and Management for African countries with eight other...more

Kruger Park stands to be devastated by Climate Change

Up to two-thirds of the animal species in the Kruger National Park could become extinct if global temperatures increase at the current rate...more

Kruger Parks Rhino Go under The Hammer for Conservation

The Kruger National Park Veterinary Wildlife Services Unit has been busy catching rhino for one of its annual rhino auctions. Due to be held on March 12...more

Kruger Ranger Killed by his Namesake

A field ranger, Lance Corporal Wilson Ndlovu, was attacked and killed by an elephant while he was on normal patrol in the Stoltznek Section of the Kruger...more

Kruger rangers in the spotlight

At just past 08h00 Punda Maria section ranger Thomas Mbokota called together his team of field rangers. A helicopter pilot had sighted a bakkie in the...more

Kruger reaches out to neighbours to help with clean-up

The Kruger National Park (KNP) is fighting for a cleaner environment hand in hand with the Thulamahashe Hluvukani Arcornhoek Taxi Association (Thata)...more

Kruger Refines Management Plan

New legislation calls for conservation agencies like South African National Park to submit a comprehensive management plan to the minister of...more

Kruger Regions Compete In Sports Day

On September 2, 2006 the Kruger National Park held a funfilled sports day. Four staff teams competed against each other in touch rugby, volleyball...more

Kruger Regions Reward Achievers 2005 - North and Central

Kruger Regions Reward Achievers 2005: North & Central. Outstanding Service In The Workplace And Outstanding Service To Customers...more

Kruger Scientist Gets on Top of Alien Plant Invasions Down Under

Alien invasive species are causing a headache for conservation managers around the world. Alien species are the cause of numerous problems for...more

Kruger Scientists in Addo National Park

Scientists and managers in the Kruger National Park are striving to use an adaptive management system, which allows for some changes in the ecosystem but...more

Kruger scoops two PMR awards

The Executive Director of the Kruger National Park, Dr Bandile Mkhize, recently received two prestigious “Mpumalanga Leaders and Achievers” Professional...more

Kruger staff receive Kudu recognition

Dr Bandile Mkhize, director of Kruger, handed over SANParks Kudu and merit awards at a small function held in Skukuza on Friday August 5...more

Kruger to Canyons biosphere launch

The Kruger to Canyons Biosphere is due to be officially launched this month, forming part of the Limpopo activities to celebrate World Environment Week...more

Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Represented at World Congress in Spain

Debby Thomson, project coordinator for the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, attended the 3rd World Congress on Biospheres, hosted by UNESCO in the city of...more

Kruger Treasure Discovered

United Tobacco Company awarded its annual achievement awards for the northern region at a well organised function at the Letaba staff lapa last week...more

Kruger Vets Help Capture Kalahari Wildcats

Since 2003 Marna Herbst, a PhD student from the Mammal Research Institute of the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria, has...more

Kruger wins award

The Kruger National Park's (KNP) Road Construction team won the Vintage Category of the Armco Multiplate and Superspan Structures Awards this month...more

Kruger’s Creative Kiddie Neighbours Win Art Competition

South African National Parks recently announced the winners of the Morula Kids Art Competition, which attracted entries from around the country and was...more

Kruger’s Management Works Towards Celebrating Wilderness

Last year the Kruger National Park (KNP) adopted the WMP, which was developed to provide a framework for the future management of wilderness within...more

Kruger’s Rhino sell for over R1million

Last month the Kruger National Park sold 12 white rhino by public auction. The sale generated a gross income of R1.63 million, which South African...more

Kruger2Canyon Biosphere Biodiversity Survey

On November 6, budding conservationists, armed with pencils, clipping boards, data sheets and loads of enthusiasm...more

Kruger2Canyons Birding Route Launched

It is hoped that birders from all over the world will flock to the area thanks to the launch of the Kruger 2 Canyon Birding Route. The route, which...more

Krugers Baobabs Become Film Stars

A television production team recently visited the Kruger National Park to film the clash of the titans – the relationship between the park's mighty...more

Krugers big five LIVE on your laptop

A digital video camera was installed late last year at a waterhole just outside Orpen camp, and from its footage a picture is extracted every thirty...more

Krugers biggest tusker, Duke, dies of old age

One of the oldest tuskers in the Kruger National Park (KNP), Duke, died on October 1, 2011 seemingly of old age. Duke was identified as a new generation...more

Krugers Crocodile Bridge And Gate Get a Facelift

The managing executive of the Kruger National Park (KNP), Abe Sibiya officially opened the new Crocodile Bridge and Gate facilities on December 7, 2010...more

Krugers CyberTracker Gets a Boost

Over R400 000 was raised to replace Kruger's ailing CyberTracker hardware with the new Fujitsu Siemens Pocket PC Loox N520 handheld device....more

Krugers Groundwater More Than Meets The Eye

For many people groundwater equates to boreholes making “unavailable and unused” water available for humans, animals and irrigation....more

Krugers Hidden Secrets

Kruger National Park is justly famous for its Big Five. Less well known is that Kruger represents a world-class laboratory for understanding how...more

Krugers New Generation Tuskers

These are the magnificent elephant bulls (and a few cows) believed to be following in the footsteps of Kruger's Magnificent Seven...more

Krugers quest for Zero Waste

The Kruger National Park (KNP) is hoping to become a regional leader – in rubbish. A pilot project will be launched in the Phalaborwa region of the park...more

Krugers regions share 110th birthday celebrations with their neighbours

The Kruger National Park (KNP) began a three-week long celebration of its 110th birthday with a community celebration function at Phalaborwa on...more

Krugers Role In Re-establishing South Africas Oxpecker Population

Hundreds of redbilled oxpeckers have been caught in the Kruger National Park for relocation to other parts of South Africa...more

Krugers Scientific Data On Demand

Sanparks Scientific Services has been involved with research on various topics in the Kruger National Park since the 1950s. These valuable research...more

Kudu Awards ceremony honours conservationists

The Kruger National Park (KNP) made an impressive showing at the inaugural award giving ceremony for the South African National Parks (Sanparks) Kudu...more

Kuduzela Launched for SA Soccer Fans

A wind instrument in the shape of a kudu horn, the Kuduzela, has been launched in South Africa and is expected to become synonymous with football...more

Kyoto Protocol

Conservation organisations around the world are hailing the signing of the Kyoto Protocol as the first step towards slowing down global warming, but many...more

KZN Cotton Farmers At Centre Of GM Debate

The small-scale cotton farmers of the Makhatini Flats in KwaZulu-Natal are being used as examples by both seed giant Monsanto and green organisations to...more

KZN students come to Limpopo to hug trees

Towards the end of last year eight students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban and Pietermaritzburg) stepped into a minibus to go all the way...more

Lake Natron faces renewed threat from soda ash mining

BirdLife has learnt that a Tanzanian Government Agency is seeking to buy mining equipment for large-scale soda ash extraction from Lake Natron...more

Land Claim Delays Declaration Of Blyde National Park

The declaration of the national park has been put on hold because of the land claim which the department of land affairs and environmental affairs and...more

Land claims in Kruger

By December 31, 1998 almost 40 land claims had been lodged on land within the Kruger National Park. To date, the Makuleke claim in the Pafuri area of the...more

Land Repossessions Threaten Hundreds of Black Farmers

Hundreds of South Africa's emerging black commercial farmers could face eviction in the next few months because of their inability to service government loans...more

Large dams can affect local climates, alter rainfall

Researchers investigating how large dams can affect local climates say dams have the clear potential to drastically alter local rainfall in some regions...more

Large illegal ivory market in Britain

Britain has been fingered as the biggest ivory trader in Europe, and has the ninth largest ivory trade in the world. The Independent reports on a study...more

Largest Elephant Contraception Exercise Begins

A total of 43 female elephants have received the first of three   immuno-contraceptive injections that will render them temporarily sterile in the...more

Last invasive aliens felled

A joint venture between the Alien Invader Task Group (AITG) of the Honorary Rangers, the Alien Biota Section of Kruger and a People for Wildlife team...more

LCA to conserve 20 million hectares of land in Africa

Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA) announced its plan to develop 20 million hectares of conservation land in Africa by 2020. Released at a press...more

Leadership For Conservation In Africa Launched

For the first time in history, African conservation and business leaders have a platform through which they can discuss matters of common interest...more

Learn to Love Vultures or Lose Them

BirdLife Partners in Africa and elsewhere have joined with raptor conservation and research organisations around the world to call for an image makeover...more

Learners Visit Vulture Restaurant

Talented learners from the Ba-Phalaborwa area is to visit the vulture restaurant on Grietjie...more

Learning from insects

Scientists now want to exploit insects' diversity to develop and test new medicines, new methods of pest control, new industrial enzymes and even bionic...more

Leaves Changing Colour

After a varied 'rainy season' where some areas have had reasonable rainfall, while others have had almost nothing, the leaves on many tree species are...more

Leopard captured and put down

An old male leopard was captured in the Makoko village, about 10 kilometres south of the Numbi Gate of the Kruger National Park (KNP) on July 4, 2008...more

Leopard Catches Croc For Dinner

Nedick Bila, senior field guide at Shingwedzi Camp, and eight guests were treated to an exceptional sighting when they saw a leopard killing a crocodile...more

Leopard caught in Phalaborwa

An injured and hungry leopard turned to catching cats and dogs in the south-eastern parts of Phalaborwa for her survival. This in turn alerted pet owners...more

Leopard cruelly caught in snare

When Brian Jones and his team from Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre set out to rescue a snared leopard on Sunday, July 6, they were not sure what to...more

Leopard Forum Established

The leopard is considered to be the world's most persecuted big cat, but given its elusive nature information is hard to come by on what is necessary...more

Leopard killed by lions

This leopard was found during a bush walk in the Balule Private Nature Reserve. According to Brian Jones of Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre who was on...more

Leopard shot in Letaba Camp

At around 21h00 on Monday evening, June 27, some Kruger staff saw a leopard walking past the Letaba Elephant Hall building in the Letaba Camp. One of the...more

Leopard working group formed

Farmers, game wardens, nature conservation officials, scientists, hunters and conservationists all met at the Southern AfricanWildlife College from...more

Less Rhino Sold More Predators Moved To Smaller Reserves

2010 could hardly be labelled as a run-of-the-mill year for the SANParks Veterinary Wildlife Services (VWS) unit, especially with more than 120 rhinos...more

Let me Count the Ways

Let me count the ways in which two days of exploring previously unknown history, some extraordinary royal fetishes and truly magnificent wilderness areas...more

Let sleeping frogs lie

The grey tree frog - more commonly referred to as the foam nest frog - is the largest of our 'tree frogs', with females growing to a length of around...more

Letaba Elephant Hall Closed For Renovations

The Elephant Hall at Letaba Main Camp in the Kruger National Park (KNP) is in the process of receiving a face-lift and will be closed for the next few...more

Letaba Elephant Statue in Protective Custody

Kirsty Redman, environmental interpretive education officer for the Kruger National Park (KNP), was at the Honorary Rangers' Indaba in Berg-en-Dal...more

Letaba Hospitality Manager Retires

Gerty Carmichael, hospitality services manager at Letaba Camp, recently retired from her position with the Kruger National Park...more

Letaba icon returns

In May 2007 Letaba camp staff in the Kruger National Park (KNP) noticed the iconic statue in front of the elephant hall was in danger of collapse...more

Letaba Is Best Camp In Kruger Malelane Best Ranger Section

Malelane section was named best ranger station in the Kruger National Park for 2009/10. Section ranger...more

Letaba launches new accommodation units for bats

A new range of accommodation units was unveiled last week, as part of Letaba Rest Camp's ongoing Bat House Research Project...more

Letaba Staff Children Get To Know More About The World They Live In

The people and conservation staff at the Letaba Rest Camp have their work cut out for them during school holidays...more

Lets Give It Horns

To celebrate the anniversary of the first rhinos ever translocated in South Africa half a century ago, and in support of the fight against the...more

Letter from Reunion

We went and interviewed our class from secondary school in Terre Sainte, Saint Pierre, in Reunion Island. In May, we will participate in a trip in South...more

Letters

Unfortunately one sees many incidents of people who just can't use common sense and don't understand the dangers associated with wild animals...more

Letters Letters Letters Letters

Breakdown in Kruger. Wonder From Waste. Impressed With Service at Letaba Rest Camp. Pesticide Used by Poachers. Pretoriuskop is Tops....more

Letters to the editor

I'm a very keen reader of KRUGER PARK TIMES and I'm very happy to have a subscription so that I won't miss an issue despite not being able to visit...more

Letters to the Editor

In response to the letter from Mrs C Nienaber ('Emergency Number', page 13, Issue 23), I would like to say that I feel the exact opposite way. The best...more

Letters to the editor

There are more and more visitors to the Kruger Park and adjacent lowveld wildlife areas who realize that the big and hairy are only part of a fascinating...more

Librarians Meet In Kruger To Launch Library Week

Delegates from libraries all over the country attended the official launch of Library Week 2008, which took place at the Skukuza Staff Village Community...more

Lightning strikes another house

Lightning struck again during a heavy thunderstorm in Hoedspruit on January 23, setting fire to the thatched roof of a simplex unit in the residential...more

Limpopo Atlas Of Rare Birds Being Compiled

An atlas of where the 'big six' rare birds have been seen and are known to breed in the Limpopo Province is being compiled...more

Limpopo Launches Greater Mapungubwe Heritage Route

“As we celebrate the launch of the Greater Mapungubwe Heritage Route, we urge citizens of Limpopo Province and beyond to explore the cultural landscape...more

Limpopo leaves leopard hunters in the dark

Leopards in the Limpopo Province are in increased danger of being illegally killed as a result of the actions of the government department in charge of...more

Limpopo National Park attract more overnight visitors

According to the Mozambique News Agency, AIM, the Limpopo National Park (LNP) generated US$200,000 revenue in 2011, which is 7.1 percent more than in...more

Limpopo Province Proudly Home to SA's Two Biggest Trees

The Limpopo Province is the proud possessor of South Africa’s two largest trees, both of which are baobabs estimated to be well over 2,000 years old...more

Limpopo To Retract Advert For Cites Permits

The Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (Ledet) intends to retract its recent advertisement explaining the procedure...more

Limpopo-Shashe Conservation Area Formally Agreed On

The middle of a dry riverbed is not the usual venue for a meeting of government ministers from three countries about to sign a landmark agreement, but...more

Lion Attack - The Aftermath

10 October, Oom Paul's Birthday. We departed from Metsi Metsi camp on the Friday, not thinking much about dates and birthdays...more

Lion Breeders To Comment Jointly On New Laws

Lion breeders have gotten together in the wake of the publishing of draft regulations for the hunting industry and protected species...more

Lion Cannibalism Awes Trailists and Guides Alike

Lions are known to often kill nomad lions moving into the pride's territory, but feeding on her is a different matter. Cannibalism among lions is unusual...more

Lion Contraception Helps Solve Management Issues

To many game-viewing tourists, an African bush experience is not complete without a sighting of the king of beasts, the lion. This means that many...more

Lion Man Race

Jan Lambert of Pretoria won the grueling 80km Lion Man Mountain Bike Race in 3:25:32. The race took place at the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate on October 1...more

Lion presents powerful environmental message

When local Addo resident, Janine Snyman, saw a young male lion with a beer bottle in his mouth, she could not ignore the environmental message this image...more

Lion Researcher Dreams Of Primary Schools In Conflict Areas

The sayings “if it pays, it stays” and “wildlife must pay its way” have been used to justify a number of activities in the wildlife conservation industry...more

Lion shot after killing man

A man was killed and eaten by two lions in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on Thursday July 28, 2005. Rangers shot the male lion in their efforts to...more

Lioness and baboons

I had been following a white rhino track from near the water hole in the hopes of catching up and viewing him, but he seemed to be on a mission and was...more

Lions And Poachers Drive Game Farmer Out Of Province

Limpopo province's game farmer of the year, Piet Potgieter, is planning to move his game farming operation to the Free State, after being plagued by...more

Lions Benefit Form This Years Bike4Beasts MTB Challenge

The fourth Bike4Beasts MTB Challenge took place in the De Beers Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve on April 25 this year...more

Lions in the Village

During the early hours of Wednesday February 16, between five and seven lions decided to take a stroll down the main road through Skukuza village. At...more

Lions Kill Suspect

Lions killed an alleged poacher in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on March 14, 2010...more

Lions maul suspected poachers

Rangers rescued two suspected rhino poachers who were mauled by lions in the Kruger National Park. The two men were hospitalised and charged...more

Lions Released In Karoo National Park After 170 Years Absence

Lions were released in Karoo National Park near Beaufort West on November 10, 2010 freely setting foot on the Karoo soil for the first time after an...more

Lions surprise runners during marathon

This year's Skukuza Sterling Light Half Marathon produced a surprise for the runners – three lionesses directly in the path of the leading runners...more

Lions, Cheetahs and Wild Dogs most vulnerable African Carnivores

The conservation status of Africa's 20 largest carnivores has been reviewed in a document compiled by the Wildlife Conservation Society, with lions...more

Living on the Edge

Ecologically speaking, on the edge of a vlei, on the edge of a forest, on the edge of a water body means that you are also on the edge of some other...more

Lizard Classification

It is necessary to view our lizards in the context of all the species of reptiles that inhabit the world. The world's 6550 species of reptiles are...more

Local environmental campaign teams up with online greenies

Indalo Yethu, South Africa's environmental awareness, activism and endorsement campaign, has formed a strategic partnership with the online environmental...more

Local is Lekker safaris in Kruger

Various Kruger National Park campsites have become home to a community-based safari initiative that will see field guides handpicked from the...more

Local operators get international perspective at tourism workshop

SA Tourism has had its share of transformation, and perhaps a touch of schizophrenia, for the last few years in finding the country's tourism niche in...more

Lodge Burns Down In Southern Kruger - January 2006

Just five days before Christmas two bangs, the second louder than the first, heralded the start of a fire which burnt the main building of the luxury...more

Lodge group scoops international awards again

The Singita group has triumphed in this year's US Travel and Leisure World's Best Awards 2008, wining three awards...more

Longest record of climate change in Africa extracted

Oceanographers battled high winds and big waves while a ship-mounted drilling platform pulled up 623m of core samples from beneath the rolling water...more

Loss Of Habitat Harm Evolutionary Diversity

A mathematically driven evolutionary snapshot of woody plants in four similar climates around the world has given scientists a fresh perspective...more

Love rhino, love life

Kruger National Park rangers and staff reach out to youth with anti-rhino poaching message. “Today we celebrate our heritage, our rhino and our...more

Low cost carrier to begin flights from South Africa to Mombasa

One of South Africa's low- cost carrier's, 1-Time, will add Mombasa to their network by March 2012. The twice-a-week service to Mombasa will open the...more

Lower Sabie tent gutted

A fire broke out in one of the safari tents at Lower Sabie Rest Camp around 06h00 on October 11, 2011; completely burning down the tent...more

Lowveld celebrations and festivals

A sustainable living festival will take place in Hoedspruit from Thursday May 15, until Saturday May 17, 2008...more

Lowveld Legend Dies

The lowveld lost one of its legends on June 9, 2006 when colonel Jan Pretorius passed away at the age of 94. Pretorius was one of the founders of the...more

Lucas Radebe Appointed as 2010 Ambassador

Lucas Radebe was introduced by Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, the Minister of Tourism, as South African Tourism's 2010 ambassador to the world...more

Lumukisa learners celebrate Earth Day

Learners from Lumukisa Primary School, Acornhoek, celebrated Earth Day with a play about how man has destroyed nature and what needs to be done...more

Mabudhafasi launches national environment month

“We must make cleaning our surroundings and the country to be our daily routine for the health of our citizens and the environment as spelled out in...more

Magnets replace pins for new sightings boards

Gas supplier TotalGaz recently supplied replacement game sighting boards to all the camps in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in order to make game...more

Make A Donation And Help Keep Kruger In The Information Age

In a world where personal digital assistants are the hallmark of harassed executives in a high pressure business world, many people would be surprised...more

Make A Donation And Help Keep Kruger In The Information Age

Introduced first in 2000, with more units being purchased in 2003, the CyberTracker computer system with its integrated Global Positioning System has...more

Making a Difference In The Eyes Of a Child

Situated in the Skukuza Staff Village in the Kruger National Park, Skukuza Nursery School provides foundation-phase education to children of the...more

Makulekes host World Environment Day celebrations

World Environment Day was officially celebrated in South Africa at the Makuleke Village, neighbouring the far northern region of the Kruger National Park...more

Malaria

The last episode dealt, briefly, with mosquitoes that one is likely to find in this region. Focus here will be on the various types of malaria - among...more

Malopeni eco 4x4 overnight trail

This is the perfect trail for someone who lives close to the park and would like to do something different but does not have a lot of time to spare...more

Mambrrr Found Dead

Field rangers Difference Mabunda and Olsado Mulhovu, came across a carcass of a big elephant bull with exceptionally big tusks. The Elephant had died of...more

MaMerle Has Twins Again

MaMerle, believed to the biggest female tusker in the Kruger National Park, seems determined to be recorded in the Guinness book of elephant records...more

Man Dies After Asthma Attack On Game Drive

The station commander of the Levubu Police Station, Nardus Bekker, has died in the doctor's consulting rooms at Skukuza after collapsing during a night...more

Man dies in suspected Buffalo attack

Roy Munks (65) died on Tuesday July 22, 2008, apparently from loss of blood from injuries sustained during an attack by a buffalo...more

Mana Pools threatened by agriculture

Approximately 120,000ha of “the finest natural wildlife areas in the Zambezi Valley” in the far north of Zimbabwe may eventually fall under the plough...more

Management Training in Park Continues

A management course was conducted from the Monday the 17th January 2005 until 18 February with a break of a week after every week. The purpose was to...more

Manager Of Phalaborwa Environmental Node Moving To Cape

The call of the sea has lured the manager of the first long-term environmental monitoring node in South Africa away from Phalaborwa...more

Managing Krugers Rivers

Many rivers in the world have undergone human-induced changes, often negatively impacting freshwater ecosystems. Expanding human populations and...more

Mango will operate 24 hours a day in 2010

MANGO has announced that it will operate 24 hours per day over the 2010 World Cup period next year...more

Mans fascination with lions

Butch Smuts worked in the Kruger National Park for many years, first studying what was causing a decline in zebra populations, and later performing...more

Manutsa Third Largest Colony of Cape Vultures in SA

Visitors entering the lowveld through the J G Strijdom tunnel can enjoy the majesty of the mountain pass with their naked eye. A good pair of binoculars...more

Many species one planet one future

This year, World Environment Day, which is celebrated on June 5 every year, focused on 'Many Species. One Planet. One Future...more

Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site

The South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), South African National Parks (SANParks) and Coal of Africa Limited signed an historical...more

Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre

The new Interpretation Centre at the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is becoming increasingly popular and has clocked its 343 visitor...more

Mapungubwe land claim valid

One of the largest land claim cases to date - the Machete royal family's bid for Mapungubwe, a World Heritage Site - while not yet settled, has been approved...more

Mapungubwe mining impact on environment

The coalition of civil society organisations challenging the authorisations given to mining company Limpopo Coal (Pty) Ltd's proposed Vele colliery...more

Maria’s magical cuisine enchants at four star lodge

The welcoming smell of baking bread at Zuleika Country House is the work of cook Maria Mokwena. Maria always longed to bake, watching her mother...more

Maroela, A Second Home To Dennis And Anne

Dennis and Anne de Lange come from Uvongo in KwaZulu Natal. They are currently in Maroela camp where they are booked in for five weeks from where they...more

Marula Seedlings outstrip others in Survival Challenge

Inside a rock-hard nut lie the precious seeds of the marula tree, a treasure for persistent squirrels and an amazing storehouse of energy that drives the...more

Marula Weir Bites the Dust

Lourie Venter, head of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) special forces school, estimated about six tonnes of explosives...more

Masbambela

Ben Pretorius was a section ranger in the services of Sanparks for more than 35 years before his retirement in 2001. He began his service with the then...more

Mass Bat Die Off a Mystery to Experts

It is estimated that more than a 1000 Angolan free-tailed bats (Mops condylurus) died over the third week of July at Letaba Camp in the Kruger...more

Massingir Dam Backs Up Into Kruger Gorge After Floods

Flooding of the Olifants River in the last week of January raised concerns about the effect that the raising of the Massingir dam wall in Mozambique is...more

Massingir Dam Rehabilitation

The dam wall of the Massingir dam is an earth embankment 4 600m long with a maximum height of 46m. The rehabilitation of the dam entails the...more

Mata Mata Shows A New Face

The Mata-Mata Rest Camp in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park [KTP] was officially re-opened on Thursday, 29 April 2010, after an upgrade of the facilities...more

Match words with action

Highlighted recently and in many previous reports, the negligent or intentional poisoning of wildlife with agricultural pesticides continues unchecked...more

Matildas Horned Viper

A new species of bush viper has been discovered in Tanzania. Named, Matilda's Horned Viper (Atheris matildae), the snake looks like the Usambara...more

Mating habits of rare bird under discussion

It is possibly the dream of many a man – being well endowed, having a wide choice of sexual partners, and never having to deal with the offspring...more

Mauritius Thorn Plant

Caesalpinia decapetala, commonly known as the Mauritius thorn is an Asian (India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan and Malaysia) tropical plant...more

Medicinal plants need revised care plan

About 15 000 species of medicinal plants are globally threatened from, amongst others, loss of habitat, over-exploitation, invasive species and...more

Medicine – For Man And “Beastly” Beauty

Want to reach for an aspirin? Or perhaps a remedy for a stomach complaint? Ever wondered if butterflies have the same requirements?...more

Meet Kruger's Alien Plant Specialist, Llewellyn C Foxcroft

From an early age, Llewellyn had a keen interest in nature and all out-door activities. In 1997, as part of the diploma's experiential training, he was...more

Meet rangers

A little girl born in Mhinga village, 29 years ago, took a winding path before she became one of the two female section rangers breaking new ground in...more

Meet the Amazing Amone

Amone Mzimba is a humble man, with his fine frame, soft-spoken manner and gracious nature; you would be forgiven for mistaking him for part of a...more

Mega parks and meta populations a cure for elephant overpopulation

Research on seven main areas in southern Africa where elephants occur has prompted Rudi van Aarde to offer a new alternative forelephant management...more

Megans Top Five Bush Facts

The blue of a kingfisher's feathers isn't caused by a colour pigment but rather by the scattering of light due to the way the...more

Migration myths dispelled in UNDP report

Most migrants do not move from developing to developed countries, and when they do, rather than hurting host economies, they benefit them...more

Mike Elected as President

Dr. Mike Peel of the ARC-Animal Production Institute (Rangeland Ecology) was elected as President of the Grassland Society of Southern Africa...more

Million Moments

Life was different in the Kruger National Park (KNP) of 1950 and 1960. Getting a job meant you had to have a wife...more

Miniearthquakes used to count elephants

Work at a pan in Etosha, Namibia has found that seismic sensors can be used to differentiate between elephant, giraffe, lion, gemsbok and human footfalls...more

Mining Activities Threaten Sensitive Areas In The Blyde River Canyon

This rich biodiversity is now threatened in some areas by applications made to prospect for gold and silver on farms adjoining the park, and possibly...more

Mining Mapungubwe Area May Infringe On Childrens Rights

The fight to save the Mapungubwe region from the impact of coal mining widened its range with the rights of future generations of South Africans.....more

Minister awards bioprospecting permits

The minister of water and environmental affairs, Edna Molewa, awarded seven bioprospecting permits to organisations to legally engage in...more

Minister Challenges Tourism Industry

Tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has issued a challenge to the tourism training industry and backed it up with R7.5 million in funding...more

Minister Highlights Tourism Grading Councils Successes

Tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has said that government's identification of tourism as a sector of the economy earmarked for priority...more

Minister invites comments on land to be declared part of SANParks

Minister of water and environmental affairs, Edna Molewa on 2 March 2012 published for public comment under the National Environmental Management...more

Minister launches Water Week with warning to stop stealing

South Africa's minister of water and environmental affairs Edna Molewa launched Water Week with a visit to farmers who are suspected of illegally...more

Minister serious about waste management

Water and environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa has gazetted the National Waste Management Strategy (NWMS) for immediate implementation...more

Minister to chair WEF tourism council

South Africa's tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has been appointed to chair the World Economic Forum (WEF)'s Tourism Council until next year...more

Minister wants amended norms and standards for Rhino Conservation

Edna Molewa, the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs published the proposed amendments to the norms and standards for the marking of rhinoceros...more

Minister Wants Big Seven

South Africa will soon be boasting the Big Seven, when the shark and the whale are added to the already well-know Big Five tourist attractions...more

Miss SA Earth hopefuls visit Kruger

The finalists of the 2010 'Miss Earth South Africa in association with Consol' spent a week at the Nkambeni Tented Lodge outside of the Kruger National...more

Mkhize takes up top job at Ezemvello

The managing executive of the Kruger National Park, Dr Bandile Mkhize, has taken up the position of chief executive officer of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife...more

Modderfontein Reserve Opens To The Public

The Modderfontein Reserve opened to the public on 20 September 2012. The reserve will not only protect the indigenous fauna and flora in the area, but...more

Mokala walk away with Welcome award

Mokala was announced the winner in the Parks and Nature Reserves category of the 2008 Welcome Awards at an awards ceremony held at South Africa's premier...more

Moon Cactus or Toukaktus

Moon Cactus or Toukaktus (Harrisia Martinii) Harrisia martinii (moon cactus or toukaktus), originating from South America (Argentina), was probably...more

Mopane Worm Harvest

Kruger National Park (KNP), as a pilot project, introduced mopani worm harvesting in the Nxanatseni (northern) Region of the park...more

Mopani Mass Choir gives first public performance

Ligwalagwala Radio station broadcasted from Mopani Camp from 12h00 on Saturday, May 7. Rev Paul Nkuna of the radio station conducted a choral music...more

Mopani To Host Educational Exhibition And Talks

Mopani Conference Centre will soon host Honorary Rangers from several different regions. They will be busy with a programme called “People Awareness and...more

Mopani to spend R103 mil on water, sanitation

The Mopani District Municipality in Limpopo is to spend R103 million on upgrading water and sanitation services this year...more

More About Elephant Teeth and Ageing

Elephants grow throughout most of their lives, and can usually be aged fairly accurately using their shoulder height or the size of their feet...more

More About The Eco-Schools Programme

The Eco-Schools initiative is an international programme with over 10,000 schools in about 30 countries around the world enrolled. The programme...more

More About The Scops Owl

Description: Small, eared owl with yellow eyes. Its plumage is a vermiculated grey-buff, intricately marked with black provides excellent camouflage...more

More Black South Africans Visit SANParks

Latest tourism figures have shown that the number of black South Africans visiting national parks operated by SANParks has increased across the board...more

More Comments On The New Regulations For The Wildlife Industry

Ron Thomson has compiled a number of comments on the new draft regulations governing the hunting industry and threatened and protected species...more

More Dams for the Letaba Catchment

Construction of a new major dam at Nwamitwa in the Great Letaba River. The new dam, which will take about five years to construct, is proposed at a site...more

More Debate Over The Future Of Orpen Gate

On April 18, 2006 a number of parties with a keen interest in the environmental impact process accompanying the relocation of the Orpen Gate met...more

More elephants collared in APNR

The research project initiated in 1997 to monitor the movements and behaviour of elephants in the Association of Private Nature Reserves (APNR) bordering...more

More elephants go on the pill

Another reserve has started an immuno-contraception programme on their elephant population in order to help manage the animals' impacts. Eleven years...more

More Elephants Put Under Satellite Surveillance

Four elephants in Greater Kruger got a bit of a surprise on October 19 when wildlife vet Cobus Raath and a team of international volunteers swooped down...more

More Frogs On The Menu in West Africa

The demand for frogs for human consumption is rising dramatically in parts of West Africa...more

More Land For National Parks

More than 379,000ha of land have been added to South Africa's national parks system since 1994, including five new national parks, and recently announced...more

More management graduates for Kruger

Several Kruger National Park (KNP) staff recently graduated from the Tshwane University of Technology, having completed a BTech degree in management...more

More restrictions on cycad related activities

South Africa's minister of environment affairs, Edna Molewa has prohibited a range of activities related to certain cycads (encephelartos). The...more

More Science, More Debate, But No Action Yet On Culling

The minister of environmental affairs and tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, has supported the idea of further research into the management dilemmas...more

More Scope For Social Issues at KNPs Premier Science Meeting

Dr Allan Andersen urged scientists to consider the application and appropriateness of their research to the mandate and mission of SANParks...more

More than 200 rhino poachers arrested

A total of 214 suspected rhino poachers were arrested in South Africa between April 2010 and March 2011, according to the 4th National Compliance...more

More Than Just A Golf Course Planned For Mica

According to Jurgen, the proposed Kingfisher Hill golf course that is planned for an oddly shaped piece of land bordering the Olifants River near Mica at...more

More Than One-Fifth Of The Worlds Plants Are Under Threat Of Extinction

A global analysis of extinction risk for the world's plants has revealed that the world's plants are as threatened as mammals...more

More trees equals more deserts

The United Kingdom's Forestry Research Programme has discovered that planting trees can decrease the amount of available surface water, helping...more

More visitors prefer camping

The Kruger National Park (KNP), one South Africa's tourism icons, is still a popular destination for both local and foreign visitors...more

Most visitors happy with alchohol ban in Kruger

The majority of tourists who visited the Kruger National Park (KNP) over the Easter holidays were pleased with the alcohol restriction introduced by the...more

Mothers and children living with HIV and Aids in Bohlabela

It did not take little Zenobia Mathebula who is not yet three, ten minutes to adopt her new fluffy baby bear and have him bouncing on her back as she...more

Motorcompany gives Birdlife SA wheels

Birdlife SA's received a generous donation from Honda SA. Managing director of Honda, Yoshiaka Nakamura, handed over the two Honda CRVs...more

Mountain Zebra Camdeboo Corridor Project

A new initiative to create a corridor between Camdeboo and Mountain Zebra National Parks aims to impact the conservation status of South Africa's...more

Mouse Tricked Into Producing an Elephant Egg

Scientists have “tricked” a mouse into producing an elephant egg. That development could boost breeding programs for endangered species...more

Mozambican War Rifles Used To Poach Rhino

Mpumalanga military officials have revealed that some of the rifles used to poach rhino in the Kruger...more

Mphongolo Backpack trail Explore Krugers northern wilderness areas

Following the success of the Olifants backpack trail, the Kruger National Park (KNP) has now also introduced the Mphongolo Backpack Trail...more

Mpumalanga History To Be Translated, Recorded In A Book

Mpumalanga's pre-colonial history manuscript will be published in a book form and translated into other South African languages...more

Mud, Guts and Glory At 4x4 Fun Day

“Mud, guts and glory!” say the organisers, summing up an event-filled day that transformed 40 shiny 4x4s into a dusty shadow of their former selves...more

Multi-million rand project to genetically sequence Africas orphaned crops

African scientists, working with peers from the University of California and with backing from international funders such as the Clinton Global...more

Muyexe residents safe from damage causing animals

Gone are the days when dangerous wild animals from the Kruger National Park (KNP) roamed freely on the streets of Muyexe village, outside Giyani...more

Mysteries of Bee Flight Revealed

For almost 70 years scientists and engineers have been mocked for being unable to explain how bees fly, but researchers at Caltech and the University...more

Name change for Kruger concessionaire

Jock Safari Lodge, situated in the southern area of the Kruger National Park (KNP), changed its Little Jock lodge to Fitzpatrick's at Jock. Fitzpatrick's...more

Name Changes Abound In Mpumalanga

The Blyde River Canyon, South Africa's fourth most-visited tourist attraction, is now officially known as the Motlatse Canyon, despite the protests of...more

NASA awards money to keep an eye from outer space on trees

Researchers from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Appalachian Laboratory have been awarded $653,018 from National...more

National Biodiversity Action Plan Launched

This year International Biodiversity Day, celebrated on May 22, 2006 marked the launch of South Africa's Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan...more

National Biodiversity Institute launched

Environmental affairs and tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk officially opened the new South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) on...more

National Bird Threatened by Illegal Trade

In February alone, nine blue cranes were confiscated in four separate incidences of illegal removal from the wild in their Karoo habitat...more

National Bird Week 2009

BirdLife South Africa declared May 4 to 10 national bird week. “We decided to use garden birds to advance bird conservation...more

National elephant management guidelines expected soon

Despite what South African National Parks (Sanparks) terms as “conflicting and irreconcilable” differences of opinion between stakeholders concerned with...more

National parks tourism income breaks the half-a-billion Rand barrier

South African National Parks' (SANParks) tourism income surpassed the half billion- rand mark in the financial year ending on March 31, 2008...more

National Parks Week 2010

The minister of environmental affairs and tourism, Buyelwa Sonjica, opened the week long free access for South Africans at most South African national...more

National structures deployed against rhino poaching onslaught

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (Natjoints) is conducting a coordinated and comprehensive operation to counter rhino poaching...more

National Vulture Awareness Day - Endangered Wildlife Trust

Following last year's successful awareness creation campaign, the Birds of Prey Working Group of the Endangered Wildlife Trust has designated September 1...more

Nature hotspots in Africa Caribbean and Pacific Group

Threatened natural areas in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific are set to benefit from a unique partnership between the International Union for Conservation...more

Nature Novices Transform Into Rookie Rangers

In October this year chaos descended on the Kruger National Park (KNP), as local production house SANHU facilitated the BBC as they filmed the children's...more

Nature Trail Of A Lifetime, Leaving Only Goodness Behind

If four days spent hiking a total of 42 km in the middle of nowhere next to a river, taking only what you can carry. New and exciting Olifants River...more

Necessary smell and droppings

Many people avoid discussion of dung and associated smells and will recoil from any contact with these natural items...more

New 4x4 Eco Trails Open at Karoo National Park

Two new 4x4 eco-trails have opened at the Karoo National Park near Beaufort West...more

New Accommodation Options At Punda Maria

Punda Maria, in the far north of the Kruger National Park (KNP), has been undergoing a series of upgrades over the last few years. The latest additions...more

New Africa Climate Exchange

The BirdLife Africa Partnership has launched a new website about climate change and its impacts on biodiversity in Africa...more

New African elephant fund receives major boost

The African Elephant Action Plan and the African Elephant Fund received a more than R2 million boost at a meeting held in Skukuza from 12 to 14 December...more

New Baboon Spider Discovered In Survey Of Kruger

They're big and hairy and in need of conservation and are found in the Kruger National Park but they have double the normal number of legs...more

New boats to help patrol Olifants gorge in fight against illegal fishing

The managing executive of the Kruger National Park, Dr Bandile Mkhize, presented Mozambique's Limpopo National Park...more

New book showcases Kalaharis hyena

If you watch Disney's “The Lion King” you would be lead to believe that hyenas are conniving, unscrupulous and rather demented creatures...more

New Book Will Help Merge Conservation And Social Issues In Parks

Scientists from South Africa and the United States of America (USA) have collaborated on a book that they hope will enhance the capacity of protected...more

New Borders Affect Park

The Kruger National Park, a district management area (DMA) will resort under two different municipalities following a decision by the Municipal...more

New chairman begins tenure

The new chairperson of the board of South African National Parks Ms Cheryl Carolus began her tenure at the helm of the country's premier conservation...more

New conference centre at Mopani Camp opened

The Kruger National Park's (KNP) acting managing executive Abe Sibiya officially opened the new, state-of-the-art R5,2-million Mopani Conference...more

New Director Appointed for Environmental Affairs

Nosipho Jezile-Ngcaba has been appointed as director-general for the department of environmental affairs and tourism (Deat)...more

New Doors for Letaba Elephant Hall

It turned out to be quite a mission finding new doors and replacing the old ones at the elephant hall in Letaba rest camp, but "well worth the effort," according to Piet Andjelkovic...more

New eating experience

Dining in Kruger has taken a fresh new direction with the opening of the first Nature's Cafe in Skukuza on September 15, 2005. Aimed at the discerning...more

New EIA Regulations Take Effect In July

The end of April saw the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism publish new regulations guiding the Environmental Impact Assessment...more

New emergency care program for tourists

Tourists to Mpumalanga and Limpopo may soon benefit from an exciting new medical initiative that is getting off the ground. The remoteness and isolation...more

New Entrance Gate Upgraded Roads Opened at Mountain Zebra National Park

On October 28, 2009, Mountain Zebra National Park, situated near Cradock in the Eastern Cape, celebrated the official opening of a newly upgraded...more

New Environmental Hotline set up

Anyone spotting environmental crimes in Mpumalanga is invited to phone a newly established hotline number. Pollution, poaching, plant theft...more

New Filming and Photography Permit Tariffs for SANParks

South African National Parks (SANParks) has revised its procedure and tariffs for commercial filming and photography in the national parks...more

New findings offer hope in fighting alien plant invasions

The commonly held theory that alien invasive plants do not taste good to indigenous animals, and spread rapidly due to lack of predation, is being...more

New Flux Tower In Kruger

“Africa is a big question mark in the carbon cycle,” says Tony Swemmer, manager of the SAEON (South African Environmental Observation Network)...more

New Format For Wildlife Photographic Essay

An innovative new form of the ever-popular coffee table book featuring stunning photographs of Africa's wildlife has been launched by the Hoberman...more

New freshwater ecosystem atlas

How many and which rivers and wetlands do we have to maintain in a natural condition to sustain economic and social development, while still conserving...more

New Guide Manual For Kruger

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...more

New Guidebook Reveals Limpopo’s Birding Wonders

The Limpopo Province has 10 internationally recognised Important Bird Areas, and the soon-to-be-released Great Limpopo Birding Route Self Drive...more

New Information Centre Unveiled At Pretoriuskop

During a short ceremony on 26 May 2007 the Lowveld Honorary Rangers handed over a new information centre to Pretoriuskop in the Kruger National Park...more

New Initiative Plans To Safeguard Tourist Health

According to statistics gathered by Dr Simon King, at least 13 people died last year in tourist destinations in the Limpopo/Mpumalanga lowveld alone...more

New Insights into lions genetic evolution

An international team of researchers has successfully traced the evolutionary history of the world's lions in unprecedented detail...more

New Jungle Gym Received with Huge Smiles

Huge smiles on little faces greeted members of the Hoedspruit Air Force Base (AFB), Veronica and Dave Corlett and other delegates as they arrived at...more

New manager appointed at Namaqua National Park

South African National Parks has appointed a second female park manager to take charge of one of the organisation's 20 national parks. Ms Nicolette Raats...more

New manager appointed at Wits Rural Facility

Laura Wheatman, newly appointed manager of Wits Rural Facility (WRF), knows when and how to apply creative strategies under adverse conditions....more

New manager at Olifants shop

Sebenzile Khambule will now be greeting guests at the Tiger's Eye shop in Olifants Camp after her promotion to assistant manager. Sebenzile started...more

New Manager For Transfrontier Park Health Issues

The integration of the complex human and animal health issues that come as part and parcel of developing massive parks that straddle international...more

New Method Standardises Predator Measurements

The African Large Predator Unit based at the University of the Free State has now developed a set of standardised procedures for measuring lions and...more

New municipal demarcation to affect Kruger Park

The Kruger National Park, which in political terms is currently a managerial district under the Bohlabela Municipality, may soon be divided into two...more

New National Rules For Hunting Industry And Protected Species

he public has six weeks to make comments on the proposed new regulations that will ban canned hunting of large predators, stop the hunting of...more

New Orpen Gate

Members of the Mpumalanga Tourism Authority recently joined the provincial MEC for Economic Development and Planning, William Lubisi, at Europe's largest...more

New planet discovered

A tenth planet has been discovered in the Kuiper Belt of orbiting matter that exists in outer space past the planet Neptune...more

New Project Aims To Put Limpopos Birds On The World Tourism Map

The Kruger to Canyons region has a chance to find its niche in the biggest sector of the eco-tourism market by creating a birding route in the area...more

New Project Focussing On Large Birds Launched

All of the data will feed into a national database, so that the EWT Birds of Prey Working Group can get an idea of how well these unique birds are...more

New projects in Kruger

A number of upgrade and expansion projects in the Kruger National Park has been put out to tender, to be awarded within the next month. New day visitor...more

New R5 5million memorial added to Phalaborwa tourism package

Work is nearing completion on a R5.5 million memorial precinct that will commemorate past and present Limpopo heroes who shaped the South African...more

New Radar Network Launched

The minister of water and environmental affairs, Buyelwa Sonjica, has launched the South African Weather Service's new state-of-the art weather...more

New rangers ready to face rhino poachers

“They are a fine, earnest, intelligent and public spirited body of men, these rangers. Though small in number, their influence is large. Many and long...more

New Research Into Waterholes To Help Answer Management Questions

What effect do waterholes have on the surrounding vegetation? How does the spacing of artificial waterpoints affect the bush in the long-term?...more

New Road Part Of Addo’s 75th Anniversary Celebrations

Addo Elephant National Park keeps getting bigger and better, and the chance to explore five of South Africa's seven biomes in one national park has just...more

New Safari Camp Opens Near Phalaborwa Gate

The new Forever Resorts Phalaborwa Safari Park was  opened on Friday 27 March, notably celebrated by stakeholders and prominent roleplayers in tourism...more

New Skukuza Boardwalk To Showcase Wetlands

A wetland boardwalk is due to be launched soon in the Kruger National Park, starting in the Skukuza nursery car park. Over 260 metres long, the boardwalk...more

New Soccer Clubhouse Opened

A horde of spectators joined Kruger staff to celebrate the opening of their new clubhouse at the Skukuza Soccer Field on Sunday, July 23...more

New species of tiny frog is worlds smallest vertebrate

Researchers have found two new frog species in New Guinea, one of which is the new smallest known vertebrate on Earth. The results are reported in the Jan...more

New Study Explores Patterns In Species Diversity And Genetic Diversity

A new study by Mark Vellend in the August 2005 issue of The American Naturalist provides a theoretical model showing that the two central measures of...more

New Tagging Methods Show Just How Far Vultures Fly

It was recently decided by people involved in the conservation of birds of prey that the traditionally used method of placing rings on birds' legs as...more

New Tented Camp Opened In Addo Elephant National Park

A new tented camp in Addo Elephant National Park opened in December last year and is running at an 80 percent occupancy since then...more

New Tools Help Manage Ranger Section

Earlier this year Steven Whitfield, Section Ranger at Tshokwane, implemented a controlled burn in his section south west of Nkumbe mountain...more

New Tourism Route Links Swaziland, Mozambique and SA

Launched at this year's Tourism Indaba, the new Lubombo Route offers tourists a glimpse of the best of the mountains, big five wildlife, and coastal...more

New Trails To Open in Kruger National Park

Two new adventure trails will be launched in the Kruger National Park within the next six months...more

New Vulture Restaurant and Hide in Phalaborwa

South African Vultures are facing everincreasing threats. Of the nine Vulture species that occur in South Africa, seven are listed in the Eskom Red Data...more

News Clips

South Africans and Mozambicans travelling between the two neighbouring countries no longer require an entry visa as from Monday April 18...more

News Clips

Elephants are now moving into Mozambique on their own initiative, reports Leon Marshall for Independent Online. Marshall joined South African National...more

Next Stage In Creation Of Hunting Laws Expected Soon

The publication of the draft norms and standards intended to regulate canned hunting and the multi-billion Rand hunting industry throughout South Africa...more

NGOs Appeal Against Mining At Mapungubwe World Heritage Site

The fight to protect the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape from coal mining heated up this month...more

Niger rare giraffe population now number 310

In 1996, there were only 50 West African giraffe, 'giraffa camelopardalis peralta', in the world. The rare animal, distinguished by its light-coloured...more

Nkhuhlu Exclosure Burnt to Mimic External Conditions

Fire is not a popular phenomenon in the Lowveld at the moment, but in the Kruger National Park it is used under controlled conditions as part of a...more

No Conflict Over Table Mountain National Park

There has been no official correspondence from the City of Cape Town to indicate that the municipality wants to take over the management of Table...more

No Cull Just a Rumour At This Stage

Various media reports that the government has agreed to postpone the culling of elephants for an undetermined period have been refuted by environmental...more

No Environmental Impact Assessment yet for the De Hoop Dam

Although intended to be issued this month, the environmental impact study for the 80 metre high De Hoop dam on the Steelpoort River has not yet been...more

No extinctions from tsunami

BirdLife International has stated that no extinctions are predicted as a result of the devastating tsunami that struck Asia on December 26, 2004. There...more

No Hunting in South African National Parks

In a statement released by SANParks on April 2, 2007 chief executive officer David Mabunda says there will be no hunting in national parks...more

No independence celebrations for Zims elephants

The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF) has reported that at least nine elephants have been shot to provide meat for Zimbabwe's Independence Day...more

No Need to Cull Wild Birds to Stop Flu Spreading

BirdLife International has issued a statement on the bird flu virus H5N1 that seems to be spreading, causing more outbreaks of the deadly flu in China...more

No New Evidence About Robbery At Crocodile Bridge

No new evidence has been forthcoming in the robbery that occurred at Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp on Tuesday, July 11, 2006. The car that was used in...more

No place like home Africas big cats show postcode preference

The secret lives of some of Africa's iconic carnivores, including big cats, are revealed in a new study in the journal, Animal Conservation...more

Norms and Standards for the Management of Elephants in South Africa

In September 2005, South African minister of environmental affairs and tourism, announced that the cabinet has given him a mandate to develop Norms and...more

Not enough fuel in Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park (KNP) issued a statement that is does not have enough fuel for the traffic currently in the park. Guests planning their visit...more

Notes from ranger Henry Wolhuters diary Skukuza Section November 1959

Field rangers from Msutlu picket report in. They reported two cases of hyena catching full-grown wildebeest. In one instance there were 10 hyenas with...more

Nxanatseni's Offices Nearing Completion

Construction of the Nxanatseni region's corporate offices, situated at the Phalaborwa gate, is almost complete and should be finalised by the beginning...more

Obituary of Dirk Nel

It is possibly true to say that a man like Dirk Nel (65) had two sets of parents: God our Father in Heaven and Mother Nature and, of course, his...more

Ocean Going Students Dock In Kruger

When they docked in Cape Town, students on the “Semester at Sea” programme opted to either spend time in the mother city or in Kruger. These students...more

Of bills and beaks

Each bird species has a beak adapted to its particular function. Whether on hornbill or waxbill - the long or the short - they can be called beaks or...more

of firsts for Kruger

There are always many drivers in the Kruger National Park, but drivers of a different sort were the order of the day at the Kruger National Park's...more

Off-Road Driving, Lions And Harmonicas, A 1928 Visit To Kruger

From the day Kruger's gates opened to the public, people have fallen in love with the park, but there can be few people who can boast that their...more

Olifants Restcamp gets a new face

The cost of the upgrades to the main building in Olifants, which started at the beginning of May 2007, is estimated at R5.5 million...more

Olifants River Hiking Trail Launched

The Olifants River Hiking Trail was officially opened by Dr Bandile Mkhize on 26 March 2006. The official ribbon cutting ceremony was preceded by a...more

Olifants River now called Lepelle

It is official, the Blyde River will be known as the Motlatse and the Olifants River as the Lepelle as from this month...more

On Patrol in the Phalaborwa Section

“If we were to award every ranger injured, kidnapped or assassinated since the fourth World Parks Congress in 1992...more

One million species and counting

Just weeks after adding its millionth Web page, the online biology clearinghouse the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) has received a major grant from the...more

One Year Later, Plundered Cycad Shows Signs Of Life

Some of the magnificent cycad plant that was desecrated by plant thieves last July is beginning to make a recovery, and the first green shoots have begun...more

Online Data Archive Now Includes All Parks

Over the last five years Judith has been working on developing a data access system for SANParks, together with ecologists and software developers from...more

Online forums claim to represent Kruger

The Managing Executive of the Kruger National Park (KNP), Mr Abe Sibiya warned the public, business community and staff members about people who falsely...more

Only 50m apart from a Crocodile

Two boys were seen fishing about 50m from the crocodile in the photograph below. This was at the bridge crossing the Letaba River near the Letaba Ranch...more

Open your eyes when crossing the border

Mozambique has launched a campaign called “Open Your Eyes” to combat child trafficking and unsafe child migration into neighbouring South Africa...more

Operation Cyclone

A two-pronged initiative is currently cracking down on crime in the Kruger National Park, with the Skukuza police recently arresting five suspects who...more

Opinion on the white lions release remains divided

The controversy around the re-introduction of white lions in the Klaserie area was once again evidenced by a lively debate following a presentation by...more

Orangutan Conservation Hindered by Poor Law Enforcement

Lack of law enforcement against illegal trade in Indonesia threatens the survival of orangutans and gibbons on Sumatra, a new study by the wildlife trade...more

Orchid Growers To Converge On The Lowveld

This September orchid growers and lovers will congregate in the lowveld, where the South African Orchid Council will be holding their national show...more

Ores Story

In the last issue we wrote about the rhino, Ore, that roams the area around Mooiplaas and mistook a dead hippo for a possible mate. Ore arrived at...more

Organisations Plan Extensive Comments On Hunting

Despite the fact that the creation of draft norms and standards for the hunting industry has been the subject of intense public debate over the last...more

Oribi survey scheduled for September

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is hoping to get landowners around the country to focus their attention on South Africa's most threatened small...more

Oribi translocated to more suitable reserves

The Oribi Working Group (OWG), a multidisciplinary Oribi conservation coalition which falls under the Endangered Wildlife Trust's (EWT) Threatened...more

Orpen Camp Info

The camps in the Central Business Unit comprise Orpen, with two satellite camps, Maroela (camping) and Tamboti (tented camp), Satara, Talamati Bush Camp...more

Orpen Gate

Since the early 1990s the Kruger Park has been hoping to move and upgrade the Orpen Gate of the Kruger National Park. There have been numerous setbacks...more

Orphaned Elephants Forced to Forge New Bonds Decades After Ivory Ban

Molecular Ecology, reveal that the negative effects of poaching persist for decades after the killing has ended...more

Our Planet Reviewed

International Year of Biodiversity, the National Museum of Natural History and Pro-Natura International are working in partnership with IUCN to launch'...more

Over 320 Fines Issued Before New Year In Kruger

Living up to executive director Dr Bandile Mkhize's promise that guests breaking the laws of the Kruger National Park (KNP) would be shown no mercy...more

Overpopulation a Bigger Threat than Aids

Never mind HIV/Aids, Africa is likely to remain poverty-stricken if better family planning is not practised.This is the opinion of John Cleland...more

Ox wagon route attempted

The most recent trip by the Nelspruit Autotec 4x4 Club followed the historical ox wagon route to Maputo and tested the offroaders skills to the limit at...more

Park Signs Memorandum Of Understanding To Benefit Communities

Communities bordering the Park will be the main beneficiaries of an agreement signed in the Kruger National Park (KNP), specifically relating to job and...more

Park still searching for Crocodile Killer

There is no sign that the recent crocodile die-offs in the Kruger National Park (KNP) are abating...more

Participate in Managing your Water Resources

The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) has called for water users to stand up and take part in decisions that affect them through the...more

Passports for Penguins

Ground-breaking technology that will enable biologists to identify and monitor large numbers of endangered animals...more

Patterns of the bush

Two weeks ago the sunbirds were starting to collect spider-webs with which to start building operations...more

Peer Keeps Children Off The Streets Through Song And Dance

Peer Mkhonto is an extraordinary man who has risen from his own hard beginnings to help other children in need. Today, he is in charge of a well-trained group of traditional dancers...more

Pel's Fishing Owl Survey A Disappointment

A recent survey in the far north of the Kruger National Park for one of the birds most highly prized by birders, the elusive Pel's fishing owl, has had...more

Pen pals meet up

Thirty years later, Sonja Sussens and Marsena Hubbard are still corresponding between South Africa and the United States. They became pen pals while...more

People and animal interactions affect water quality

In northern Botswana's Chobe river region, the river is the only source of water during the dry season - a source of life, for humans and animals...more

People in Kruger

I could see Addy Ndlovu was a happy man in the kitchen at Shishangaan, an old military base in the Kruger National Park. Smiling continually while...more

People in Kruger

Skukuza, Kgalagadi and the Sanparks Forums have put together cricket teams to play against each other at Skukuza on February 24...more

Pesticide and herbicide resistance

In her book “Living Downstream” American ecologist Sandra Steingraber records that less than 20 insect species showed pesticide resistance in 1950; in...more

Phalaborwa Eco-Schools Get Funding Boost

The five schools in Namakgale and Lulekani outside Phalaborwa that are involved in the international Eco-Schools programme are on their way this year...more

Phalaborwa Gate to be Upgraded

The Phalaborwa gate was voted as the gate of the year in the Kruger National Park last year. As the third busiest entrance to the park, it is scheduled...more

Phalaborwa learners join Eco-Schools programme

Primary and secondary schools in Namakgale outside Phalaborwa have become the latest learning institutions to venture into the Eco-Schools programme....more

Phalaborwa Lodge Committed to Helping Community

Phalaborwa lodge committed to helping community November will see the official opening of the new building at Kokwana Day Care centre...more

Phalaborwa Residents Commemorate Arbor Day

Approximately 200 people participated in the Arbor Day festivities at the Lulekani Community Hall where residents from the greater Phalaborwa...more

Phalaborwas learners introduced to science careers

About 1,500 learners from around Phalaborwa got the opportunity to find out about careers in the scientific field during National Science Week. With the...more

Phineas Saves Workers From Buffalo Attack

A team from Working for Water had a narrow escape while removing alien plants in the Mhalalakhuhu (where the chickens sleep) area. The team was busy...more

Picnics and Baboons

When Scott, Marolyn, Christy and Bobby were all visiting us we used to go on gameviewing drives almost daily. The best time for a short drive is in early...more

Pilanesberg Elephants Heading Back Home

On the late afternoon of November 7, 2005, eight of the burnt Pilanesberg elephants were heading back to the Pilanesberg National Park...more

Pink elephant frolics in Crocodile River

A rare sight greeted Odette Joubert as she sat down for breakfast one morning – a pink elephant. The small elephant, about a month old, came down to...more

Pink gown tradition revived

If you had to define the ideal romance novel hero, chances are a ranger will win significant votes. And with good reason...more

Planned Burning Breaks Kruger’s Veld Up Into A Mosaic

At the moment, about a fifth of the Kruger National Park's 19,500km2 has been consumed by fire. Most fires have been planned patch burns ignited by...more

Planning an elephant bloodbath after the 2010 FIFA World Cup

After a series of uninformed, emotional and identical letters of accusations against South African National Parks (SANParks), I felt that it is necessary...more

Plans for new Orpen gate proceed

Plans for the movement of the Orpen Gate from its present position to a new location several kilometres back along the tar road are proceeding slowly...more

Plant-a-Pledge Campaign Launched

Ahead of the Rio+20 Earth Summit, campaign ambassador Bianca Jagger, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Airbus launched...more

Playing globally, winning locally showcased at tourism indaba

“I stand before you after a phenomenal year for tourism in South Africa, to which every one of you made a significant contribution. International tourism...more

Plundered Cycads

The last, exceptionally large, surviving cycad specimen of the Mariepskop variety of Encephalartos laevofolius has been hacked apart in a fouled poaching...more

Poacher Shot and Killed in Kruger

Kruger National Park rangers and operators from South African National Parks corporate investigation services (CIS) shot and killed a poacher during a...more

Poacher shot in Kruger

On June 14, rangers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) wounded a suspected rhino poacher. He was shot in the arm, hip and shoulder....more

Poachers Caught

On Sunday, September 26, Pafuri field rangers found familiar human tracks in the Vlakteplaas region where three rhinos have been poached in the...more

Poachers Plunder Rare Plants

Rhino poaching has grabbed headlines across the world. But there are other species that may not survive people's arbitrary actions...more

Poachers target summer impala lily

The winter impala lily, (Adenium obesum), is a feature of most Kruger Park rest camps and can be found all over the park...more

Poachers threaten recently discovered rare Saola

Two decades after the discovery of an ungulate species called the Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), this rare animal is sliding towards extinction because...more

Poaching undermines wildlife-based land uses in Mozambique

A new TRAFFIC study, led by Peter Lindsey and Carlos Bento, implores the Mozambican government to review it's hunting coutada areas and zone it...more

Pocket Money For Poaching Prevention

When Robin Cook saw the first tin pleading for donations for the anti-poaching programmes in the Park he was hooked. Since that day in Mopani Camp, a...more

Points To Ponder

In the field of Conservation, Wildlife Management, Earthcare call it what you want as in most other 'disciplines', there is a general tendency to 'point...more

Poisoned Vultures Tagged and Released

On November 4, 2005 the 17 Vultures that survived a massive poisoning event were released back into the wild sporting new bright yellow identification...more

Policymakers are relying too heavily on predictions of the impacts of climate change

As a result, they are claiming they need more research and more predictions before they can take action – and when policies are made, too little action...more

Politicians unite and scientists speak up

If all goes to plan, political leaders at December's United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15) will agree to a successor to the...more

Politics is a key factor in biodiversity

Politics influence biodiversity. Political decisions directly impact on man's interaction with the environment, through policies ranging from...more

Pompom weed – a rapidly increasing menace

Pompom weed is an invasive weed of grasslands, savanna and wetlands that threatens conservation and agriculture in South Africa...more

Poor Breeding Seasons For Birds A Worry For Conservationists

Two papers published recently in BirdLife International's quarterly birding journal highlight a problem faced by conservationists trying to save bird...more

Poor people Arise and help the Letaba River

Over 100 of the poorest people in the Giyani area have already been employed in a poverty alleviation programme that will have direct benefits to the...more

Population of Animals

Satellite imagery may be the next tool that biologists use to monitor endangered animal populations. The Bronx Zoo-Based Wildlife Conservation Society in...more

Positive Aspects of Elephants ... an Experiment

There is a perceived threat that the continuous growth of elephant populations could have a detrimental effect to other species in the system...more

Positive vibes from hunting hearing

The Panel of Experts (POE) on professional and recreational hunting was given much food for thought on August 11 and 12, 2005...more

Possible Incident Of Bovine TB In Mozambican Buffalo

In a recent disease survey of the buffalo in the Mozambican Limpopo National Park adjoining the Kruger National Park , the blood taken from one...more

Post-Graduate Conservation Scholarships Available

Competition will be stiff, but the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) currently has eight graduate scholarships available for students who wish to...more

Potable water for the people in the park

The Kruger National Park (KNP) gets some of its drinking water from the six major rivers that flow through the park, namely the Crocodile, Sabie, Sand...more

Potential R5 Million counter poaching donation

The SANParks Honorary Rangers along with Unitrans Volkswagen and Audi Division, have entered into an on-going Sponsorship Agreement, whereby...more

Praying mantis males risk more if they're denied mating access

Male prying mantis that had not had recent access to females are more likely to engage in risky mating behaviour than those who who had daily...more

Precious moments on the Nyalaland Wilderness Trail

Walking the Nyalaland Wilderness Trail often results in an experience greater than observing animals and plant life one would normally not see...more

Predator or prey relationships

As scientists warn that the Earth is on the brink of a period of mass extinctions, they are struggling to identify ecosystem responses to environmental...more

Predators Do More Than Kill Prey

The direct effect predators have on their prey is to kill them. The evolutionary changes that can result from this direct effect include prey that are...more

Prepare your garden spade for Arbor Week

The first week of September will see school children and responsible adults from around the country hauling out their spades in celebration of National...more

Prestigious Lodges Snapped Up By Dubai Company

Dubai World Africa, the African subsidiary of Dubai World, one of the world's largest holding companies,has acquired major shareholdings in South Africa...more

Pretorius Kop Best Camp in Kruger 2004

Mixing young and old blood in the top echelons of management could be one of many elements that made Pretoriuskop stand out as Best Camp in Kruger...more

Pretoriuskop Soccer Team Gets A Kick Start

Martha Makhubebu, owner of the Mkhuhlu Filling Station, has sponsored the Pretoriuskop soccer team with a full kit for the sporting year...more

Priceless Sighting

I went to Kruger (far northern part) as a day visitor on the 24th September 2007. While at Shingwedzi, I bought Kruger Park Times, volume 4, Issue 8...more

Priceless Sighting

The biggest groups of the 26 remaining free-ranging southern roan antelope in the park were sighted on June 19 near Babalala at about midday....more

Primates In Peril

The world's 25 most endangered primates have been revealed in a new report released at the UN's Convention on Biological Diversity COP11 on October 15...more

Princess Takamado explores South Africas bird life

Japan's princess Takamado recently visited several important bird sites in South Africa. The princess has been the honorary president of BirdLife...more

Professional hunters urged to support conservation

The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk asked professional hunters to become allies in conservation and tourism...more

Projects Will Give New Insight Into Elephant Management

Three new projects are currently on the go in the Kruger National Park (KNP) that hope to shed light on some of the important issues that surround...more

Proposed Buffalo Cull Raises Concerns

At least 70 buffalo are scheduled to be destroyed by state veterinary authorities on
state land adjoining Balule Private Nature Reserve north...more

Protecting Pepper Bark Trees

At the back of the Skukuza nursery there is an unassuming row of planting sheds, which most visitors simply pass by without ever knowing its existence...more

Public tip-off lead to confiscation of 10 000 units of abalone

Public awareness and tip-offs lead to the confiscation of more than 10 000 units of abalone and the arrest of four men, one a Chinese national, in four...more

Punda Maria bird hide

The new bird hide at Punda Maria has yet to be officially opened, but visitors to the park can enjoy the passing parade of birds and mammals if they...more

R2 Million Boost For The Southern African Wildlife College

Conservation in Southern Africa has received a R2 million boost thanks to the Professional Hunters Association of Southern Africa (PHASA)...more

R20 Million Medicinal Plant Project Established in Rural Limpopo

Early August, the deputy minister of water and environmental affairs, Rejoice Mabudafashi, opened a R20 million medicinal plant conservation project...more

R25 million funding to strengthen forensic war against rhino poachers

South Africa welcomed the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) R25 million funding towards strengthening the current wildlife forensic capabilities in...more

R250 000 donated to strengthen DNA database in rhino war

Unite Against Poaching handed a cheque of R 250 000 to the Onderstepoort Veterinary Genetics Laboratory of the University of Pretoria on July 17...more

R27 million illegally poached and exported abalone returned to South Africa

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) took possession of a consignment of 2 627.1kg of illegally harvested, processed and exported...more

R55 million assets seized from poachers

In September 2010, Dawie Groenwewald and veterinary surgeons, drs Karel Toet and Manie Du Plessis, appeared in court on 1872 counts of racketeering, a...more

R7 Million From Rhino And Buffalo Auction

An auction held in Pretoria has raised R7.2 million for the Sanparks Park Development Fund. The money is earmarked to buy new land for South Africa's...more

R800 million allocated to Green Fund

The National Treasury has made R800 million available for the Green Fund over the next two financial years. Speaking ahead of her budget vote in...more

Rabies Death Toll Rises In Limpopo

At least 26 people have died of rabies in the Limpopo Province, the majority of them children between the ages of seven and 12. Once rabies symptoms...more

Radar Equipment To Be Installed At Skukuza

Skukuza has been identified by the South African Weather Service as one of three priority locations in the country for a sophisticated radar apparatus...more

Radar Station Completed

The new facility in Kruger's research toolkit will have a huge impact on many of the research projects in Kruger, as “rain is the main driver of the...more

Radio Bat On Air Again

The bat project, which has caused so much interest in Skukuza, has already shown that these little creatures play a major role in the life history of the...more

Radio Station Listeners Donate Money For War Against Rhino Poachers

The Kruger National Park's (KNP) managing executive, Abe Sibiya received a cash donation of R105 000 00...more

Rain affects gender ratio of African buffalo

The amount of rain affects whether more male African buffalo, than female buffalo, are born in Kruger National Park, scientists said...more

Rain Suits And a Brush Cutter Donated

The honorary rangers are well known for their generosity and tireless support of SANParks. Two recent recipients of this generosity were...more

Rainfall Affects The Survival Of Wild Dog Pups

ew research on the wild dog population in the Kruger National Park has revealed that the amount of rain that falls before wild dogs give birth to pups...more

Rainfall In Kruger

The Kruger National Park has more than 30 rainfall stations that record daily rainfall throughout the park. This data is compiled and sent to Nick...more

Ranger dies in tragic accident

David van Blommenstein (29), head ranger of the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve's northern section passed away last week after a tragic accident...more

Rangers commemorate hero

Game rangers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) honoured the memory of Lance Corporal Wilson Ndlovu who was killed in the line of duty on February 22...more

Rangers Diary

The study of water, or hydrology, is a high priority in our arid country and of even greater importance in our protected areas. A detailed and high-tech...more

Rangers Diary

When Daniël Mkhancani Chavalala, sergeant at Pafuri section, goes on leave you will most likely find him at a picnic spot somewhere in the northern...more

Rangers Diary - Expectant Mom Saves Vet Husband

It was Friday June 29, 2007 at about 09h30 when corporal Wilson Baloyi at Mahlangeni ranger post phoned Karien Keet, section ranger, about an apparently...more

Rangers Diary December 1985

Ranger's Diary: Trails Ranger, Don English, Olifants Trails, Kruger National Park, December 1985. Sunday 1st Day spent at home. First Euopean Rollers...more

Rangers Diary on Sleeping Wild

How many people can say they have slept in a Big Five reserve with no fences around them? Who can imagine themselves sitting around a fire whilst...more

Rangers Diary Skukuza Section December 1959

Ranger's Diary on the Skukuza section of the Kruger National Park, December 1959...more

Rangers honour Oom Louis

The Kruger National Park's (KNP) Nxanatseni South regional ranger, Louis Olivier, was overcome with emotion at the KNP ranger corps annual general...more

Rangers In The Shangoni Section Keep Poachers At Bay

We have to do things differently and we cannot be predictable. This philosophy, combined with a highly motivated field ranger team, has enabled David...more

Rangers Photo Diary Diary

A day in the life of a Kruger National Park Ranger. Fast food the Kruger ranger way by Steven Whitfield...more

Rangers strut their stuff on Rangers Day

Kruger National Park (KNP) rangers are the conservation ears and eyes of the park. It is their duty to protect and maintain the integrity of their areas...more

Raptor Conservationists Rewarded at Annual Conference

The fourth annual birds of prey conference, hosted by the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Birds of Prey Working Group (EWT-BoPWG), took place in Skukuza...more

Rare and Invasive Species Workshop Creates Enthusiastic Response

Solly Themba, community facilitator, facilitated a rare and invasive species workshop at the Mhala Science Centre. Attending the workshop were about 15...more

Rare Antelope Released Into Addo

Five pairs of oribi were released into the 1,000ha Langvlakte Contractual Property of the Addo Elephant National Park on July 6, 2006...more

Rare Bird Sighting Brings Joy On River Walk

There are few wildlife sightings in the wilderness that can be guaranteed on a day and date, “as it goes with luck and how much does Mother Nature open a...more

Rare Taita Falcon to be Closely Investigated

After being largely ignored for many years by conservation organisations, the Taita Falcon has now become an increasingly important priority in raptor...more

Rarely do a restored wetland match conditions of the original

“Once you degrade a wetland, it doesn't recover its normal assemblage of plants or its rich stores of organic soil carbon, which both affect...more

Reasons for legalising the rhino horn trade

John Hume is a game farmer in the Malalane area, south of the Kruger National Park (KNP). He is an ardent proponent for the legalisation of the trade...more

Recent Insect Eruptions Noted In Kruger

Over the past few months people visiting and working in the Kruger National Park have been concerned and interested in two insect eruptions which...more

Red Billed Oxpeckers Fly Into Mountain Zebra National Park

A group of 40 red-billed oxpeckers has been flown into the Mountain Zebra National Park near Cradock in August...more

Reference Database To Identify Origin Of Elephant Ivory

A team of scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is preparing a reference database that allows the identification of the origin of elephant...more

Rehabilitation of the Smallholder Agricultural Scheme at Xai - Xai...

The agricultural irrigation project is in the Gaza province and will be implemented over five years. The project area covers 9000ha. According to the Aru-Sol brochure the following activities...more

Reintroduced Cheetah Produce Eight Cubs

The first-ever cheetah cubs have been sighted in Mountain Zebra National Park after cheetah were introduced to the Park in May 2007. Park rangers first...more

Reintroduction hopes to stabilise southern Botswanas wild dog population

On Saturday, April 5, 2008, 18 African wild dogs were released into the Northern Tuli Game Reserve (NOTUGRE)...more

Relief For Abalone Right Holders

The Minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries approved an additional R6 million as part of Abalone Social Relief for commercial abalone right...more

Remarkable Cooperation Averts Buffalo Cull

In a remarkable cooperative venture between private landowners, various government agencies and a large mining company, a potential disease crisis that...more

Report Offers Anti-hijacking Advice

More than half of all vehicle hijackings occur in front of private residences, and in eight months in 1996 there were 8,740 hijackings in South Africa...more

Report to Guide Cheetah and Wild Dog Conservation in South Africa

A new report will guide the way forward for Cheetah and African Wild Dog conservation in South Africa...more

Report's Findings On Tragic 2001 Kruger Fire Released

The final report of the commission of inquiry into the fire that raged through the Pretoriuskop area of the Kruger National Park on September 4, 2001...more

Reptile hunt now on

Beginning this year and continuing until 2008, South Africa's reptiles will be the object of close scrutiny. With over 360 species of reptiles, more than...more

Rescued Penguins Return to the Wild

Forty-six African penguins were returned to the wild in September 2012 after being rescued from Bird Island in Addo Elephant National Park. The penguins...more

Research and Rural Upliftment Meet at the Firebreak

SavFIRE or the Savanna Fire Ignition Research Experiment is being conducted in Kruger. This is a collaborative exercise to investigate integrated...more

Research Camp in northern Kruger

Many researchers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) are familiar with the Hlanganani Research Station and Laboratory near Shingwedzi. The Camp is used...more

Research Helps Conservationists Mitigate Bird and Power Line Collisions

Recent noteworthy research is helping the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) to better manage the interactions between birds and electrical infrastructure...more

Research Issues in the Transfrontier Park Reviewed

Representatives from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique met in Skukuza on October 17 to 19 to discuss the research priorities, procedures and...more

Research To Help Map The Future

South African National Parks and the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) in conjunction with the Kruger Park Marathon Club hosted the...more

Research Uncovers Surprising Lion Stronghold in War-torn Central Africa

Times are tough for wildlife living at the frontier between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Armies are reportedly encamped in a...more

Research will investigate principles of economic viability in bioregions

Biodiversity conservation should take place inside and outside protected areas, if biodiversity targets are to be met...more

Researchers Analyse The Environmentalists Paradox

Global degradation of ecosystems is widely believed to threaten human welfare, yet accepted measures of well-being show that it is on average improving...more

Researchers Attempt To Solve Rhino Reproduction Mystery

Two researchers are currently travelling throughout South Africa conducting a study that hopes to unravel the mystery of why zoo populations of rhinos...more

Researchers closer to the ultimate green fridge magnet

Scientists are a step closer to making environmentally-friendly 'magnetic' refrigerators and air conditioning systems a reality...more

Researchers keep eye on collared Charlize

We bring you an update on the movements of Charlize, a collared female elephant, roaming the Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR) near Hoedspruit...more

Resettlement Project Gets Underway In Limpopo National Park

The Limpopo National Park which comprises one million hectare was upgraded to a national park in 2001 as part of Mozambique's commitment to the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park...more

Residents visit new wildlife estate development

Roleplayers in Hoedspruit got together at the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate to learn more about the new estate being developed on the edge of town...more

Restored heritage site officially opened

The renovated Masorini site, an archaeological treasure 11km from Phalaborwa towards Letaba Camp in Kruger, was officially opened on Thursday, June 3...more

Rhino and Calf Slaughtered

Circling vultures led some Vlakteplaas rangers to two dead rhino, killed in the vicinity of Langtoon Dam in the Far Northern Region of the Kruger...more

Rhino calf stomps fun into facts

Ebenezer Shabangu was scared but she was not letting go of the branch. She could see the black rhino's lip curl around the twigs and edge closer and...more

Rhino horn Dehorning Did You Know

What is rhino horn made of? A CT san has shown that rhino is similar in structure to horses hooves, cockatoo bills and turtle beaks and are made up of...more

Rhino Implanted for Research

A rhino from Makutsi Safari Farm was darted and implanted with a radio transmitter on February 18th, and will be the focus of new research by a local...more

Rhino Involved In Automobile Accident

A rhino was recently injured on the H10 tar road south of Tshokwane when a Kruger National Park technical services staff member hit it with his car...more

Rhino issue manager conducts about 400 one-on-one consultations

In May this year, minister of water and environmental affairs, Edna Molewa, appointed Mavuso Msimang, from retirement as Rhino Issue Manager. His task...more

Rhino poaching - South Africans demand action

Another 150 rangers will be deployed in the Kruger National Park (KNP) to strengthen the first level of defense against ruthless poachers gunning for the...more

Rhino Poaching Electrify fence

About 300 rhinos will probably be poached this year. So predicted South Africa's deputy director on biodiversity and conservation, Fundisile Mketeni, of...more

Rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park - Media liaison channeled

All communication about rhino poaching to the media has been directed from SANParks to come from government. SANParks head of communications...more

Rhino Poaching Update

Read more on the latest news, facts and figures on Rhino Poaching and Rhino conservation both globally and in South Africa and Kruger National Park...more

Rhino Revolution

Rhino Revolution was born from the heartbreaking and escalating surge of rhino poaching in 2011 in the Hoedspruit area and surrounds, which borders the...more

Rhino War Intensifies

In the next few months, Kruger National Park (KNP) staff will fit high-tech tracking devices to a large number of rhinos in Kruger...more

Rhinoceroses in South Africa Under Seige

There is a way of thinking within South African environmental authorities that promotes the killing of rhinos rather than protecting and respecting them...more

Rhinos on the rise in Africa but northern white nears extinction

African rhinos have reached record numbers for the first time in decades, but the northern white rhino, Ceratotherium simum cottoni, is on the brink...more

Rhinos ready for Zambia

Five South African black rhino (Diceros bicornis minor) are adjusting in the bomas at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park (KNP)...more

Rift Valley Fever No Namibian Beef Goat Meat For South Africa

The veterinary import permits for venison, beef, mutton and goat meat not slaughtered at South African approved abattoirs have been cancelled...more

Road ecology under discussion to reduce roadkills

It's not often one travels a few days in the Kruger National Park (KNP) and is spared the unwelcome sight of a roadkill. This is not a sight restricted...more

Roll Up And Take A Safari In The Mobile Hotel

42 German tourists rolled into Hoedspruit in a luxury coach-hotel on Tuesday January 9. The coach belongs to a company called Rotel Tours, abbreviated...more

Roof top tomatoes, can it work

German engineer Volkmar Keuter believes it can. “What could be fresher?” In his mind he sees an IT guy signing off for the day, taking the lift (or...more

Roy Bengis...A gentleman and a scholar

It may be a an old and hackneyed phrase, but the description “a gentleman and a scholar” perfectly fits Dr Roy Bengis, the chief state veterinarian...more

Rules and Regulations of the KNP

No day visitor shall be allowed to enter the park with liquor. Declare all firearms/weapons of any sort at the entrance gate. Visitors using KNP border...more

Running on Rocket Fuel

Nature's currency is energy, and in theory, keeping the cost of living low leaves more in the “piggy bank” for reproduction...more

SA Again Commits To 34 Percent Emission Reduction

South Africa's minister of water and environmental affairs, Edna Molewa, reiterated the country's commitment to reduce emissions by 34 percent...more

SA minister considers moratorium on rhino hunting

A recently held meeting of the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs and the provincial MECs responsible for environment (MINMEC) has recommended...more

SA Savanna Scientists Meet Their Tanzanian Counterparts

A delegation from South African National Parks consisting of eleven people and one representative from the Agricultural Research Council , embarked on a...more

SA shines at regional World Travel Awards ceremony

South Africa swept the board at the World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony in Johannesburg...more

SA to Lift Moratorium on Elephant Culling

As of May 1, 2008, a moratorium that was placed on the culling of elephants in 1995 will be lifted. This was one of the options in the final...more

SA Tourism CEO resigns

Ms Thandiwe January-Mclean, chief executive officer of South African Tourism announced her resignation from the organisation on June 14 2011. Her reasons...more

Sable And Other Species In Punda Maria Under Surveillance

Recently four more collared animals were added to a study currently underway to monitor the declining sable numbers around Punda Maria. Sable numbers...more

Sable and Roan Researchers Pleased with Recent Sightings

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...more

Sable antelope bull sold for R3 million

A sable antelope (Hippotragus niger kirkii) bull was sold for R3 million at the annual Gravelotte game auction...more

Sables Collared

Kruger's game capture team collared six sable three weeks ago. Three sable, two from one herd, were collared in the Punda Maria area and the remaining...more

SADC to form common elephant management policy

Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries are uniting to try and resolve elephant management strategies. The Agencia de Informacao de...more

Saddle Billed Stork Photographic Survey Finds 55 Birds In South

The saddle-billed stork photographic survey that took place in the Kruger National Park (KNP) from September 2009 to September 2010 has been concluded...more

Saddle billed Stork Survey Underway

The saddle-billed stork is a prized sighting in the Kruger National Park (KNP). Visitors can now share their good fortune in support of science...more

Saddle Billed Stork Survey Update

The Endangered Wildlife Trust and SANParks started a photographic survey of saddle-billed storks in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on September 1, 2009...more

Safari Elephant injures Student

A routine training session with elephants at Elephants for Africa Forever (Efaf) in Mooketsi, near Duiwelskloof turned into tragedy for a young foreign...more

Samango Monkeys

Paging through an old Custos magazine we came across an article about the reintrodruction of Samango monkeys into Kruger, and wondered what happened...more

SANBI appointed as national implementing entity for UNFCCC adaptation fund

Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs welcomed the accreditation of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) as a...more

Sand, snakes and soccer surprise 4x4 enthusiasts

The 15 vehicles and 20 competitors from the Goodyear 4x4 Eco-Challenge spent half of this year's off-road competition in the Kruger National Park, from...more

SANDF To Resume Patrol Of South Africas Borders

In April this year, soldiers resumed regular patrols of South Africa's borders. Defence and military veterans minister Lindiwe Sisulu and members of...more

SANParks and Wetlands

In 1996 it was estimated that more than half of South Africa's wetlands had disappeared. Wetlands are one of the planet's most productive ecosystems...more

SANParks apologises to Wild Card members

Following a year long challenge with the issuing of Wild Cards to loyal nature lovers, South African National Parks (SANParks) has come clean and...more

SANParks charge levy from visitors to reach out to communities

All new accommodation and activity bookings made with arrival date of 01 June 2012 onwards with SANParks will include a 1 percent community levy...more

SANParks opposes proposal to mine coal at Mapungubwe

South African National Parks (SANParks) is challenging an ap- plication for a R3 trillion mining operation to be established at the entrance to the...more

SANParks Products Revamped

Taking their cue from recent trends, SANParks are upgrading many of its products, focusing on an environmentally friendly and value for money approach...more

Sanparks puts Kruger’s restaurants into liquidation

Nature's Group, the company that has run all the restaurants in the Kruger National Park (KNP) for the last four years has gone into liquidation, after...more

SANParks salutes pioneering wildlife vet

Toni Harthoorn, a wildlife veterinarian died in Pretoria at the age of 89. Harthoorn will be remembered for being part of a team that developed the...more

SANParks says its new zoning plan for Kruger is not controversial

Following publicity on the new Kruger National Park (KNP) Zoning Plan, South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to put on record that the...more

SANParks supports social science students with R1million bursary

Themba Mabilane, chief financial officer at South African National Parks (SANParks), handed over R1 million to the University of Pretoria (UP) for...more

SANParks to auction rhino buffalo

South African National Parks (SANParks) will auction twenty white rhino from the Kruger National Park (KNP) as well as eland bulls from Mountain...more

SAPS Personnel leaving the Kruger Park amidst rhino poaching crisis

Despite the high incidence of rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park, which was reported this week as having already exceeding 280 rhinos, a...more
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