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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

SAs population closer to 50 million mark

South Africa's population has increased by about 530 000 people to 49.99 million, according to Statistics South Africa's Mid-Year Population Estimates...more

SAs Rarest Breeding Bird Investigated

Helicopters, birding telescopes, sunscreen and patience have all been deployed in a two-week long search for South Africa's rarest breeding bird and one...more

Satara guest house destroyed by fire

Frankel House in Satara camp was burnt to the ground in the early morning of December 18, 2004. Although unoccupied at the time of the fire, the house...more

Satara Staff Celebrate Best Camp Award

The Satara staff celebrated both the end of 2005 and their achievement as being chosen best camp for 2005 on the last day of December. The party was held...more

Satara staff start social club

All staff members at Satara Camp have been invited to take part in a new social club being organised by hospitality manager, Thabo Lawrence. “The main...more

Satellite transmitters fitted to Karoo blue cranes

The Endangered Wildlife Trust's South African Crane Working Group (EWT-SACWG) fitted satellite transmitters to five adult blue cranes...more

Satellites May Help Pilots Avoid Storms

Pilots may soon be able to avoid rain and turbulence if a new method of analysing satellite data takes off. Developed by scientists at the University of...more

Savanna Fires a Hot Topic in New UK/KNP Research Collaboration

Geographers from the University of Leicester are to use state-of-the-art technology to investigate how climate change is affecting the Kruger National...more

Savannas, forests in a battle of the biomes, Princeton researchers find

Climate change, land use and other human-driven factors could pit savannas and forests against each other by altering the elements to stabilise the two...more

Save the Elephants - South Africa Foundation

Since 1998, Steve and Michelle Henley of Save the Elephants - South Africa have studied elephant movements over the 35 000 km2 that make up the GLTP...more

Saving Buffalo from Bovine Tuberculosis

For the last five years Dr Lin-Mari de Klerk- Lorist has devoted her time to the study of bovine tuberculosis (BTB) in buffalo, with the hope of finding...more

Saving endangered plants by deep freezing

With a career spanning more than three decades, Patricia Berjak has devoted her professional life to the study of seeds the basis of commercial...more

Saving the planet and money

As South Africans grapple with huge hikes in their electricity bills, the residents of an informal settlement on the outskirts of Cape Town have turned...more

Scaly Sighting Excites

Last October my wife and I had our first vacation in South Africa: Three weeks in the Kruger Park. The Wolhuter trail was an experience we will never...more

Scene Around

Stoffel and Catie du Plessis were the oldest contestants in the Tour de Drakensig cycle race on June 16. Stoffel (71) cycles 92km twice a day. The couple...more

Scene Around - People of Kruger

Visitors and Kruger staff joined in a day of fun and games during the Munghana Lonene FM's live broadcast on Sunday June 12. The Skukuza Soccer Stadium...more

Scent The nose is faster than the Eye

Scent and Smell play a very important role in most systems. Despite generally reduced olfactory senses due to abuse and industrial bombardment, most...more

Schools Rewarded For Commitment To The Environment

The Eco-Schools flag is awarded in recognition of schools who have committed to improving environmental learning and action through their curriculums...more

Science In Kruger

What could be a better example of a win-win situation in the wild than an oxpecker busily removing ticks from the back of a buffalo...more

Science in Kruger

Kruger Park lions are in the spotlight again. This time, it's what they like to eat that's the question. As part of a collaborative study...more

Science In The Kruger

While on an early morning game drive on the farm Rothsay, we came across a large elephant bull being accompanied by two younger askaris...more

Science needs to mitigate, adapt and thrive to ensure sustainability

“The scientific evidence for action is clear and stark. Our only options are to mitigate, adapt and thrive,” said Yuan Tseh Lee, President of the...more

Science Week Makes An Impact On Phalaborwas Schoolchildren

National Science Week keeps getting better and better in Phalaborwa, thanks to the tireless efforts of organisers who this year brought around 2,500...more

Scientific Paper Describes Moving Tale Of Elephant Death

Fireside tales and anecdotal evidence of how elephants show concern for other distressedo r dying elephants have been backed up by a paper recently...more

Scientific Talk-fest in Skukuza

From April 4th-7th 2005, the average IQ of the residents of Skukuza rocketed as the camp was invaded by scientists from South Africa and all over the...more

Scientist Debunks The Myth Of Elephants Drunk On Marulas

Elephants become drunk when they forage on the fruit of the marula tree - this is an ongoing myth and tale that has been established now for many years...more

Scientists Figure out how to Keep Track of the Slow Changes in Vegetation

There are countless numbers of trees and shrubs growing in the two million hectares of the Kruger National Park. Just how to best survey this complex...more

Scientists Find Elephants Chat With Individual Rumbles

Elephants prefer to chat to elephants that they have known for a long time. This has been revealed in a study carried out at Walt Disney's Animal Kingdom...more

Scientists prove that croc hatchling calls are significant

For the first time, researchers have shown that the pre-hatching calls of baby Nile crocodiles actually mean something to their siblings and to their...more

Scientists Suggest New Age for East African Rift

The Great Rift Valley of East Africa may have taken much longer to develop than previously believed, according to a new study that was led by...more

Scorpions inspire scientists to find better erosion-resistant surfaces

The yellow fat tail scorpion is amongst the most dangerous in the world. It is found in the dry and desert areas of Africa and the Middle-East...more

Seabirds threatened

Seabirds are more threatened than any other group of birds. That is according to the findings of a major new review published in the scientific...more

Search for distressed elephant

The uproar over a cow elephant in distress at a game reserve abutting the Kruger National Park took another turn on Tuesday, with the animal having...more

Searching and discovering Kruger

David Mabunda, chief executive director of the Kruger National Park (KNP), reminded recipients and guests at the annual KNP awards ceremony of the never...more

Second Wildlife Expo for Limpopo

Limpopo Tourism and Parks held its second wildlife expo in Vaalwater from May 24 to May 28, 2005. At the wildlife management conference parks manager...more

Secrets of the giant squid revealed

The giant squid, creature of myth and legend, has been captured on film for the first time by Japanese researchers working off the Bonin Islands, about...more

Section Ranger 2004 JOE NKUNA

Joe Nkuna, section ranger based at Letaba Camp, was named best ranger in Kruger last year. Tall and friendly, Joe is a familiar face to many visitors to...more

Section Ranger Learns About Seychelles Wildlife

Malelane section ranger Bruce Leslie is currently in the Seychelles on a skills exchange programme, which will see him sharing the knowledge gained over...more

Section Rangers Across Sanparks Improve Performance

After travelling 23 992km, scrutinising 57 ranger stations and interviewing 448 rangers, Arrie Schreiber was happy to report the results of yet another...more

Seeds Efficient Hitch Hikers

Just returned from a walk to have a look at the effect of water run-off after recent heavy rain. Waterfalls are running after a few dry years. Rivers are...more

Seriously threatened grasslands receive attention

With the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) declaring in November last year that the grasslands biome is one of the most threatened in...more

Service excellence rewarded at the Welcome awards

The very popular Northern Cape guide, Conraad Mouton, walked away with top honours in the tourist guide category of the annual Welcome Awards held at...more

Shangaan Perspective

Over 40 decades ago some of the Shangaan people made their living through hunting game. It was not easy for their children to get a proper education...more

Sharp scientists tackle thorny issues at annual science network meeting

Complexity, resilience, the increasing usefulness of new tools such as remote sensing in ecological science and showing a broader view of biodiversity...more

Sharpen Your Bird-spotting Skills For National Bird Week

In the first week of May every year BirdLife South Africa tries to get as many South Africans as possible from all walks of life aflutter with excitement...more

Shimuwini – Best Bush Camp 2004

Shimuwini “the place of the baobab” was voted the best bush camp in Kruger for 2004. Last year the camp was managed by Phanuel Nkuna, who is now the hospitality manager at Punda Maria Camp. The...more

Shine 4 charity on the Titanic

About 200 women, dressed in their best ball gowns, had a whale of a time 'on board the Titanic' - all for the sake of charity...more

Shingwedzi of the 1950s

Whilst at Shingwedzi, my wife was shown an old black-and-white photo of the original circle of accommodation units. We were fascinated by the photo so...more

Shocking rise in rhino poaching leads to formation of new unit

Ruthless and highly organised criminals are butchering South Africa's rhinos at an alarming and escalating rate...more

Shooting in Kruger

The National Joint Operational Centre has opened an inquest docket into the deaths of a Kruger National Park (KNP) ranger and a member of the South...more

Siltation in the Olifants River to be studied

Tenders are being invited to study the effect that the silt in the Phalaborwa Barrage is having on the aquatic life downstream in the Olifants River. The Phalaborwa Barrage has previously been...more

Singing the splendours of Southern African Conservation

The community choir of the Matsamo/Mantenga cultural parks between Swaziland and South Africa will be taking the newly established transfrontier...more

Singita Chef Scoops Coveted Rising Chef Trophy

Clinton Drake, head chef of Singita Lebombo Lodge in the Kruger National Park, has won the coveted title of Relais & Châteaux rising chef 2008...more

Six elephants shot after Breakout

A family group of six elephants that broke out of the Kruger National Park (KNP) was shot on Friday September 9, 2005. The elephants had travelled some...more

Six new Kruger tuskers named

Six elephants have been added to the Kruger National Park's (KNP) list of upcoming tuskers, courtesy of the enthusiastic participation of visitors in the...more

Six rhinos for Marakele

Early mornings in Kruger, just before sunrise, the sounds around the camps signal the start of a new day. Amidst monkeys and birds chattering, and the...more

Six Weeks and 1900 Traps Reveal Myriad Creepy Crawlies

For six weeks in June and July this year, the biodiversity survey team was busy in the south of the Kruger National Park looking at all the smaller...more

Skinny snakes and gaunt geckos

As an erratic and unusually warm 'winter' merges into spring, it is encouraging to see many wild species resuming their seasonal cycles of regeneration...more

Skukuza Congregation Celebrates 20 years With Coral Tree

For the children of the Pro-Vita Sunday school in the Skukuza staff village in the Kruger National Park, Arbor Day held special significance this year...more

Skukuza Cricket Pitch Hosts International Match

For the fifth year running, boys from Devon toured South Africa to meet their cricket counterparts on the fields of Cape Town and Skukuza in the...more

Skukuza Learners Rewarded

The impalas are lambing and summer rains are starting, but it is the end of the year for the pupils at the Skukuza Primary School who held their annual...more

Skukuza Track and Field Stars Shine

Over the last two weeks Skukuza Primary held their field and track events for their inter-house athletics meeting. Six records were broken altogether...more

Slithering to freedom

On Friday, April 4 Donald and Juanita Strydom from Hoedspruit's Khamai Reptile Park took a rather unusual trip to Phalaborwa...more

Small Ambassadors Promote The Big Five

Did you know the South African Post Office prints about 380 million postage stamps a year?  The Post Office chose the Kruger National Park as the place...more

Small Sluggish and Useful Flies

Most of us are familiar with those small, sluggish, triangular-shaped flies that hang around toilets and drains...more

Snare Removed from Lion

Predators such as lions are particularly susceptible to being caught in wire snares which are usually set for antelope such as impala or kudu...more

Snared leopard released back into wild

A leopard that had been preying on dogs and cats in the town of Phalaborwa at the end of last year has now been released back into the wild. The leopard...more

Snares Removed From Wild Dogs in Southern KNP

Vets from Sanparks Veterinary Wildlife Services, based in Skukuza, were called out in mid October to remove two snares that were seen on two wild dogs in...more

Sniffer Dog Team Against Rhino Poacher Steps Up

The Endangered Wildlife Trust's (EWT) and the African Consultancy for Transportation Security (ACTS), a cargo screening company that uses sniffer dogs to...more

Sniffer dog to assist with tracking poached rhino horn

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) will be using a sniffer dog to assist in its anti-rhino poaching campaign. Rico the Wildlife Sniffer Dog is being...more

Snow leopards spotted on Mt Everest

Fifteen years of constant searching have finally paid off for doctoral student Som Ale, who has finally seen the elusive snow leopard in the wild. Ale...more

Soccer Kits Donated To Nxanatseni Region

Kruger's Nxanatseni region soccer players and supporters met at the Letaba soccer fields on Saturday, September 16, 2006 to celebrate as Jurie Snyman of...more

Social Networking Site for Researchers

myExperiment, the social networking site for scientists, has set out to challenge traditional ideas of academic publishing as it enters a new...more

Social Research In SANParks

Research projects are not a strange phenomena in South Africa's national parks. In fact, the quality and volume of research projects...more

Soekie Schoeman...40 years in Kruger

Soekie Schoeman, a staff member in the Kruger National Park (KNP) technical department for the last 40 years, knows the Park like few others...more

Solomon sparks at Hamiltons

Solomon Ntuli (41) has been working in the Kruger National Park since 1987, rising through the ranks as time progressed. Starting off as a gardener in...more

Solving Hydrogen storage Limit to Power Green Cars

Hydrogen fuel, because its only byproduct is steam, should be the ultimate in green alternatives to fossil fuels, but it hasn't delivered on its promise...more

Some Great Sightings By the Wildlife Paparazzi

It was with great pleasure we learnt that during this festive season, the Park was again packed with wildlife enthusiasts. South Africans as usual...more

Some hints for an enjoyable stay and wildlife experience in Kruger Park

Read the basic guidelines or rules of the Kruger Park that are handed out at the gates on entering. Transgressions are punishable with fines. These rules...more

Some KNP Butterflies That Are Around Right Now

There are several butterflies that occur throughout the KNP and also many that occur throughout the year. Granted, these butterflies are usually of the...more

Something to Brag About - The World's Biggest Collection of Dung

When scientists around the world think of dung, they think of Jim Mead. Mead, a researcher at Northern Arizona University, is one of the world's...more

South Africa Commits to Find Solutions For Rhino Poaching

After the loss of 668 rhino to poaching in 2012, South Africa and Vietnam signed an agreement in hopes of saving the rhino...more

South Africa needs to foster regional tourism

Development in the tourism sector must be accelerated to diversify South Africa's economy and contribute towards job creation, says Minister in the...more

South Africa reaches out to Indian tourism market

The number of Indian tourists travelling from India to South Africa has steadily increased by over 122 percent between 2005 and 2010 and South Africa...more

South Africa to host G20 Tourism Meeting in 2010

South Africa has been elected as the Africa representative to the executive council of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) at the...more

South Africa to produce cleaner fuels from maize

Farmers sitting on several million tonnes of surplus maize have been thinking up new ways to dispose of the crop, and their attention has turned...more

South Africa Tourism Snippets

South African Tourism products have recently been featured prominently in different parts of the world, thus enhancing the country's status as a...more

South Africa wants to diversify energy supply

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe visited Ghana in April to explore opportunities that will further diversify the country's energy supply...more

South African Tourism makes two key appointments to boost industry relations

South African Tourism announced the appointment of Neesha Padayachy to the position of Global Manager: Product and Sadiq Dindar to the position of Global...more

South Africans urged to promote their cultures

Despite the recession in the world, we have seen that there are emerging markets that are being opened to us and we were helped by our exposure through...more

South Africas biodiversity and conservation legal environment

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) concluded an intensive scoping investigation evaluating the effectiveness of compliance monitoring and enforcement of...more

South Africas bustards threatened

South Africa's bustards are in trouble, with six of the country's ten species listed in the South African Red Data Book...more

South Africas Devils Worm makes Top 10 species list

South Africa's Devil's Worm, Halicephalobus mephisto, made the Top 10 new species list for 2011 run and released by the the International Institute for...more

South Africas Everest summiteers collaborate for wild dog conservation

What in the world could ever link Africa's wild dog to the world famous Himalayan Mount Everest? Ask South Africa's Vaughan de la Harpe, who summitted...more

South Africas first wind farm in operation

South Africa's first wind farm is in operation. Construction on the project, which is situated near Darling in the Western Cape, started in September...more

South Africas jumping cockroach makes top ten

Cape Town's offering on the 2010 Top 10 species list is a 'flying' cockroach - well almost flying. Saltoblattella montistabularis is a new species of...more

South Africas Sumbandila satellite lifts off

South Africa made history on the September 17, 2009 with the successful launch into space of its low-earth orbiting satellite, SumbandilaSat...more

South Africas Vultures in the Spotlight

Birders and conservationists in South Africa will know by now that the first Saturday of September every year is International Vulture Awareness day...more

Southern Africa Bird Atlas 2 Project Records One Millionth Bird

Just two years ago, an exciting project was initiated to map the distribution of birds in Southern Africa using the efforts of keen civil society...more

Southern African Rock Art Facts

Read about some interesting Did you know Southern African rock art facts. San artists used fingers, animal hair brushes, stick and feathers to draw...more

Southern Cross Schools Bush Banquet

Southern Cross Schools Bush Banquet 2006....and the winners are...The Tammy Trophy For The Best Overall Food in the Golden Orb Category...more

Southern ground hornbill African penguin Ludwigs bustard move closer to extinction

Three of South Africa's flagship bird species have moved closer to extinction, according to the 2010 IUCN Red List...more

Special Krugerrands mark the parks 110th birthday

It is not everyday that a silver medallion is tossed into a river intentionally. Sydney Soundy, chief operating officer of SANParks...more

Special School Goes for Green

A visually impaired teacher, Hulisani Netshituni, addressed the gathering and described how Tshilidzini Special School was improving their environmental...more

Species down disease up

The decline of species and their habitats may not just make the world boring. New research now suggests it may also put you at greater risk for catching...more

Specks in the sky

The lowveld, with its clear skies (except during the winter inversions) is an ideal area for 'sky watching', assisted by a 'scope' or good pair of...more

Spider Snapshots Wanted

Members of the public are being encouraged to take photos of spiders, scorpions and sun spiders (solifuges), as well as any other eight-legged creepy...more

Spider-hunting Wasps

All ants, bees and wasps belong to the suborder Apocrita in the order Hymenoptera. The 'spider-hunting wasps' are all classified under the family...more

Spot a Saddle billed Stork and Support Science

Join the Endangered Wildlife Trust and SANParks in a photographic survey of Saddle-billed Storks in the Kruger National Park...more

Spot the fake greenie

Want to spot a fake greenie? Watch their body language, next time they claim to care about the environment...more

Spot The Spider

Think about spiders, members of the second most abundant and diverse group of animals that roam the earth. With more than 5,000 species to choose from in...more

Spotlight On Krugers Cheetahs

The Kruger National Park is an important refuge for cheetahs in South Africa but is far more densely wooded than the Serengeti, where the majority of...more

Spotlight on.....CROCODILE BRIDGE

This small camp in the southeastern section of Kruger is situated on the banks of the Crocodile River. The game viewing is renowned for its regular sighting of different prides of lion and a large...more

Spread the environmental word with hands-on experience

Lee Dicks, manager of Tintswalo Lodge in the Manyeleti is not a man to take half measures...more

Spread The Word

Mopane worm marmite. Toast will never be the same again – at least if research follows through on current plans to diversify the number of products that...more

Spring talent festival

The first annual Spring Talent festival held at the Kamogelo Centre in Hoedspruit had a great start according to the Festival committee. With 43 stalls...more

Spring Time Again

The knobthorns are in full bloom again, heralding in a new season of hope and expectancy. Among over seventy species of Acacia in South Africa the Acacia...more

Springboks Thrive While Other Antelope Face Extinction

A quarter of all antelope species are threatened with extinction, according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species...more

Sri Lankan Secretary To The Environment Tours Lowveld

A group of nine politically high profile international delegates, including Mr Dissanayake, secretary to the Ministry of Environment and Conservation...more

Staff and Park Visitors Pull Together on Giraffe Rescue

A giraffe was trapped in a donga about three kilometres north of Letaba camp on the S95. Joe Nkuna, section ranger at Letaba, opted to try to rescue...more

Stainless Steel Dustbins Donated To Kruger

The Honorary Rangers (HR) facilitated a donation of 150 baboon-proof stainless steel dustbins from Nampak to the Kruger National Park (KNP)...more

Stakeholders concerned about ethanol project for Hoedspruit

How much value does an environmental impact assessment (EIA) of a processing plant have if it does not take into consideration the impact of the...more

Stakeholders Describe How They Want Kruger To Be Managed

The Kruger National Park held three stakeholder workshops in a 'first round' engagement with stakeholders. “Adopting an innovative approach for the...more

Stakeholders Meet To Establish Kruger Forum

The Kruger National Park held a workshop at Skukuza on March 30 to create a Kruger Park local stakeholder Forum, bringing some 180 stakeholders from...more

Stakeholders Support Proposed Blyde River Canyon National Park

The public participation meeting for interested and affected stakeholders regarding the proposed Blyde River Canyon National Park (BRCNP) presented by...more

Stakeholders’ Forum Hold First Meeting

“Thank you for a most enjoyable and informative day,” said one of the stakeholders, expressing a sentiment shared by many of her co-forumites who...more

State owned enterprises commit to lowering carbon emissions

Eight state owned enterprises (SOEs) signed their commitment to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) on Thursday, July 5, 2012. The UNGC calls for...more

Steinaecker’s Horse outpost at Ngotsomouth to be excavated

Archaeologist Dr Anton van Vollenhoven will be leading a team in search of the Kruger National Park's (KNP) cultural treasures at Ngotsomouth...more

Stiff Competition in the Mopane Veld

The mopane tree with its distinctive 'butterfly' shaped leaves is a principal food source for many insects and animals. Over the last few weeks the...more

Stiff competition in this year’s Emerging Tusker competition

It was a daunting task for the panel of judges to finally name this year's winner out of the over 180 entries in the Emerging Tuskers competition...more

Stiff Fines And Visible Policing Intended to Keep Kruger Peaceful

Fines for misbehaving in the KNP have been increased sharply by an average of 250 percent compared to the fines that were approved in 2004 in an attempt...more

Stiffer penalties for poaching in Zimbabwe

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has announced new penalties for the poaching of wild animals, birds and fish with the fine for...more

Still no black leopard for Camacho

Gerrie Camacho of the Mpumalanga Parks Board is still watching his camera traps, hoping for a sighting of the elusive black leopard. In the last six...more

Still no tenders for cleaning up the Olifants

Originally set for March 7, 2005 the deadline for the tenders to study the impact of siltation in the Olifants River as it enters the Kruger National...more

Still searching for crocodile killer

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will be removing all crocodile carcasses from the Olifants and Letaba rivers...more

Stolsnek Section Rangers Diaries

Don English calls early this morning regarding a leopard that is under the guide's tent at Napi trails camp. Self and Sgt Maluleke meet Don at Afsaal and...more

Stop Bird Imports to Stop Bird Flu

BirdLife International is calling for a total ban on wild bird imports into Europe to try and stop the spread of the dangerous H5N1 avian flu virus...more

Streaking elephants

The advent of satellite collars into conservation has uncovered a secret previously only guessed at – elephants love to streak across the plains of...more

Streamlined EIA Regulations Now In Effect

South Africa's new Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations came into effect on August 2, 2010...more

Strolling Home to Kruger

Induna, a mature bull elephant, decided that it was time to go for a walk – only he ambled out of his home at Pongola Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu...more

Strong Sentences for Illegal Possession of Rhino Horn

Two foreign nationals accused of illegal possession of rhino horn were convicted and sentenced in the Kempton Park Regional Court on August 4, 2011...more

Study Shows Elephant Vulture Conflict

A study carried out on the conservation status of raptors in Swaziland has highlighted the effect that elephants can potentially have on birds of prey...more

Study shows elephants play key role in tree losses across savanna

For years, scientists have debated how big a role elephants play in toppling trees in South African savannas. Using high resolution 3-D mapping, Carnegie...more

Study Shows How Invasive Species Stop New Life

An influx of invasive species can stop the dominant natural process of new species formation and trigger mass extinction events...more

Study To Investigate Owl Deaths On Toll Road

Last year 90 owls of at least five species were killed along the N1N4 toll highway in the Pretoria North area, and a research project is now underway...more

Studying Pangolin Antics

The Cape pangolin is a strange-looking armourplated ant-eating mammal that few people have ever seen in the wild, and even fewer scientists have...more

Studying Trees and Grass from the Sky

Focussing on and utilising remote sensing technology, German geography student, Claudia Jobst, (25) is on a quest to detect and map tree density in the...more

Summer Biodiversity Surveys in Kruger

Some welcome rain and the high temperatures herald the arrival of summer in the Lowveld. During this hot season, an intrepid group of volunteer...more

Summit discusses water provision in Sekhukhune

With the construction of the De Hoop Dam being a likely event in the near future, the Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality recently held a water...more

Sunglases Donated To Kruger Rangers

Kruger National Park's (KNP) head of the finance department, Victor Makhubedu received 300 pairs of protective eyewear for each ranger in the Park from...more

Sunset Serenade

The annual Sunset Serenade, hosted by the Counter-poaching unit of the Sanparks Honorary Rangers based in Gauteng, took place at Olifants Camp and...more

Sunset serenade continues to woo audiences

The Sunset Serenade, hosted by the ranger support services branch of the Honorary Rangers (HR), was once again a popular meeting place for music and...more

Sunset Serenade Held At Letaba

The annual Sunset Serenade returned to the Letaba Restcamp this year with its first event that took place from March 30 to April 1, 2006. For the first...more

Sunset Serenade to Sponsor Stealth Solutions For Rangers

The annual sunset serenade fundraising event to take place in June and September 2009 at the Kruger National Park's Letaba Rest Camp...more

Supervisors trained

Intac, a project of the Skills Development Fund and managed by the Tourism Hospitality Training and Sports Authority, is training all the the Park staff...more

Survey Determines Bovine TB Prevalence in Shingwedzi Area

During the last two weeks of July the Veterinary Wildlife Services Unit of Kruger National Park launched an operation to determine the true prevalence of...more

Survey Fails To Find Egret Breeding Sites

A year-long survey of the 55,000km2 Okavango Delta has failed to turn up current breedingsites for the vulnerable bird species, the slaty egret...more

Survey Reveals Decline in Fish-Eating Birds Along Olifants River

Preliminary results show that a total of nine Pel's fishing owls were seen and counted during a recent survey of the Olifants River in the Kruger...more

Surveys Completed, Fire Researchers Prepare To strike A Match

SavFIRE – the Savanna Fire Ignition Research Experiment - is a collaborative experiment between Working on Fire, the Kruger National Park and the...more

Surviving a Black Mamba bite

It was about midday on a Thursday in January 1998 when Danie Pienaar came face to face with a black mamba and its bite. Danie, now head...more

Surviving Skukuza

More than 70 children from Uplands College in White River and 30 learners from a school in Hazyview were introduced to indigenous ecological knowledge...more

Suspected poachers caught

The SANParks team, spearheaded by the Tshokwane ranger corps, caught three suspects who could possibly be linked to the recent spate of rhino poaching...more

Suspected poachers killed in Kruger

In an anti-poaching operation carried out on the evening of Saturday, 6 October 2012, Kruger National Park (KNP) rangers killed an armed suspect in the...more

Suspected rhino poacher arrested

Rhino poaching suspect wounded and arrested in Kruger. 431 rhinos poached to date in South Africa. A team comprising Kruger National Park (KNP) rangers...more

Suspected rhino poacher killed in Krugers Crocodile Bridge section

One alleged poacher was killed and two suspects arrested in a shoot-out in the Crocodile Bridge section of Kruger National Park (KNP) on May 10, 2012...more

Suspects Appear In Court For Vulture Muti Poisoning

Two suspects appeared in court in February on suspicion of poisoning at least 72 vultures in the Kruger National Park...more

Sustainable Development Strategy For SA Coming Soon

The minister of environmental affairs, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, has announced the imminent release of South Africa's National Strategy for...more

Sustainable Living – True Conservation

Over the past month or so much has been said and written about the national norms and standards for the management of elephants in South Africa...more

Suzanne appointed at K2C Birding Route

Suzanne Riezebos, a masters student in environmental sciences, of the University Wageningen in Holland...more

Swiss couple tour Africa

A swiss couple, Felix and Anita Margadant, is touring Europe and Africa on a tandem bicycle. They set off from Switzerland in June 2003 and crossed the...more

Syndicates strip rural areas of natural resources

From the ultra-wealthy to the poorest of the poor, everyone appears to have something that can be taken away from them by greedy individuals...more

T-shirts donated For Life

Children of the Skukuza youth church group, Provita, were delighted with their new T-shirts sponsored by My Acre of Africa...more

Tags To Tell Tales Of Tree Trials And Tribulations In Kruger

Motorists in the Kruger National Park should not be alarmed if they spot some of the tall trees near the roadside marked with a distinctive aluminium tag...more

Tail Hairs Reveal Elephant’s Dietary Preferences

Elephant tail hairs and satellite tracking collars are being linked up to help find out where best to establish sanctuaries to protect elephants...more

Take A Little Time

Animal watching can be greatly enhanced if we take a little time to observe and analyse what we are looking at. A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the...more

Taking Kruger to Kasie

'I never knew dreams do come true, but today is proof that this could happen,' said Helen Mmethe, head of the people and conservation department in the...more

Tamerin crowned as 10th Miss Earth SA

Tamerin Jardine was crowned as the 10th Miss Earth South Africa at a gala dinner at Montecasino in Johannesburg. Jardine whom recently turned 25 has been...more

Tanzania to Bring in Black Rhinos from South Africa

Tanzania expects to import 36 black rhinos from South Africa this year to boost the population of the endangered wildlife species in the country...more

Teaching water awareness the practical way

Dr Thomas Gyedu-Ababio, the Kruger National Park's aquatic biodiversity conservation manager, celebrated water week together with pupils from schools in...more

Terms used to describe the status of species

Endangered, Threatened, Rare, Restricted, Common and Wide-spread are some of the terms used to describe the status of species within a given area...more

Thatch Harvesting in the Kruger National Park

The removal of renewable natural resources such as wood, medicinal plants, fish, insects and grass from within National Parks has been a contentious...more

THE AFRICAN WILDCAT

The earliest known history of the African Wild Cat (Felis lybica) dates back 5 000 years ago to Egypt, where it was tamed for domestic use primarily for...more

The Amazon River is 11 Million Years Old

The Amazon River originated as a transcontinental river around 11 million years ago and took its present shape approximately 2.4 million years ago...more

The Bateleurs – giving conservation wings

Named after a raptor that spends most of its day in flight, the Bateleurs are a group of pilots who donate their time and their 'wings' to worthy...more

The Beauty Of Birding

With emphasis on the huge potential for birding tourism in our region, some previously quoted statistics are repeated without apology...more

The Beauty of Olifants Gorge

Despite countless trips to the gorge, SANHU producer, Katy Johnson, would be back in a flash if she could...more

The biodiversity crisis may be worse than climate change

Species extinction and the degradation of ecosystems are proceeding rapidly and the pace is accelerating. The world is losing species at a rate that...more

The Bloody Bank At Skukuza

The Kruger National Park is also an official branch of a nationwide bank, dealing in deposits and withdrawals and savings, but the clients at the bank...more

The Canada Tree

A visitor to Tloukolobe Primary School in Ga-Maredi Village, Ga-Mmamabolo, may be confused to see a Trichilia emetica (natal mahogany) tree at the...more

The Challenges Of Wetland Rehabilitation In Poor Societies

Imagine being so poor that every morsel of food that crosses your lips has been grown in laboriously hand-tilled fields laid out in the fertile soil...more

The Consequences of Human Manipulation in Protected Areas

The current status of conservation management forces many herbivore species to co-exist in high densities within small protected areas...more

The cultural importance of Mapungubwe

Intellectual and writer Vele Neluvhalani thinks mining near Mapungubwe will be “an offence to our ancestors”. Vele “Christopher” Neluvhalani believes...more

The Cyber Tracker Program in the Kruger National Park

The CyberTracker (CT) system has proven to be an indispensable tool for field data collection in the Kruger National Park (KNP). The system was developed...more

The Dangers Posed By Biofuels

According to BirdLife International, unsustainable production of biofuels could result in more environmental degradation than that caused by the...more

The day Daniel stood seven feet tall

Daniel was a ranger for 20 full years, based at Nyalaland wilderness trail. Job titles get lost in the wind these days, however Mentor is something that...more

The Elephant Is Ours

It would not be unusual be to come across the phrase “I ndlopfu ya hina,” on your next visit to Skukuza Camp. “The elephant is ours”, says the...more

The Flow Of Energy

As managers of natural systems, be it agricultural, commercial or wildlife, it is important to grasp the concept of energy flow. In natural or wildlife...more

The Golden Treasure Buried Beneath Kruger's Soil

There are five golden mole species listed in the top 10 most Critically Endangered mammals of South Africa. Altogether there are 21 species of golden...more

The Great Wilderness Choir

Walking in to the old disused shop in the Skukuza staff living quarters, you would be forgiven for thinking that you are in the wrong place...more

The Greater Mapungubwe Heritage Route

The Greater Mapungubwe Heritage Route celebrates the rich history of the northern part of the Limpopo Province of South Africa over the last 1000 years...more

The green alternative to hunting

The hunter stalks his prey, a huge elephant bull. He stops, a shot is fired. The shot is a good one, but the elephant doesn't drop immediately...more

The impact of trade on cheetah and leopard

The legal and illegal trade in leopards and cheetah is substantially impacting on populations of these two species...more

The influence of fire on mopane and red bushwillow trees in Gonarezhou

A paper on the influence of fire on mopane and red bushwillow trees in Gonarezhou appears in the latest issue of the SANParks journal, Koedoe...more

The Last Tour De Kruger

The third and final Tour de Kruger and the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park ride during the first week in August saw 209 cyclists pedal 350km through...more

The Limpopo National Park Head Office Almost Completed

The first of the Limpopo National Park senior managers has moved into the recently completed staff housing in the Mozambican park. There are five units...more

The Little Things

Digital imagery has been around for quite a while and the technology progresses daily. With it has come the popularisation of digital cameras...more

The magnificent seven see the dentist

Ivory is being removed from the Letaba Elephant Museum – but not by thieves. A team of scientists, headed by JacquelineCodron and including Daryl Codron, Professor Julia Lee-Thorp and Professor...more

The Mud Builders

Although they are present further south, the arrival of some of the usual migrant birds in this area appears to be somewhat delayed. The season seems...more

The Naked Scientist in South Africa

Learning how to report on science was the theme of a recent conference held in Craighall Park, Johannesburg. Chris Smith, who has a radio show and an...more

The night sky in August

This August full moon falls on the 19th, with the moon waning as the month draws to an end. Nights continue to be longer than days...more

The Opening of the Hans Hoheisen Wildlife Research Station

On Wednesday, August 25, 2010, the Hans Hoheisen Wildlife Research Station was officially opened for the second time...more

The Race Is On To Find Rare Beetles

Three insect experts from Montana State University will be spending from late June to early August engaged in a multi-national search for some extremely...more

The Remarkable Madala Buffalo

Most publications write about the Limpopo National Park, but there are also a string of privately-leased conservation areas in Mozambique south of the...more

The Riddle Of The Rare Antelope

Ask any lowveld old-timer and they will tell you that sable antelope were once so common in the central lowveld that landowners used to regularly shoot...more

The search for free roaming lions continue

A pride of free roaming lions, said by some sources to be wandering around the Finale/Oaks/Blyde River Conservancy areas near Hoedspruit for the last...more

The Skukuza Nursery

At the last stock take in March, the Skukuza Nursery had 1.2 million plants – give or take a few seedlings. Now under the steady hand of Ona Davies, the...more

The Socio-Economic Impact of The Karoo National Park

African Protected Area Conservation and Science has just published its latest article, 'The Socio-Economic Impact of the Karoo National Park'...more

The spider can put more food in our mouths

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Yale University in the US say grasshoppers who are being frightened by spiders affect the...more

The Spotlight Should Be On Rabies

An email came across my desk last week posing an interesting question, “Why are we so concerned with swine flu and avian flu, yet nobody talks about...more

The steel structure in the Skukuza savannah

Lurking 11km to the south west of Skukuza is an unlikely structure - a 22 metre high steel tower, bristling at the top with three arms, and equipped with...more

The Story Of The Seven Little Piglets….In Church

Staff and visitors have become accustomed to seeing two warthog sows and seven little piglets roaming the Skukuza staff village. In fact, most...more

The Syringa Tree

Although the syringa tree, Melia azedarach is not indigenous, it is currently flowering and is causing quite a sensation amongst butterflies. The tree is...more

The Truth About Endangered Giant Sable Lies In Its Genetics

Despite looking almost identical at first glance, a big group of sable antelope found in Western Zambia are not, to the dismay of conservationists...more

The Ultimate Trail

A little while ago I had a group of eight trailists that joined me on a wilderness trail in the Kruger National Park. The group consisted of four...more

The worst year for African elephants

While Southern Africa faces its biggest loss to rhino poachers in recent history, Africa's elephants are now also under increasing threat, as 2011 has...more

Theres more to colour than meets the eye

Plants that depend on insect and other animal pollinators to carry their pollen from one plant to another are using more than their scent, colour and...more

Thinking Out The Box To Develop Transfrontier Policy

Forty of southern Africa's top experts got together to discuss scientific discoveries, current projects, and challenges involved in developing the Great...more

This years World Wetlands Day focus on tourism

The World Wetlands Day theme for 2012 is Wetlands and Tourism and is linked to the theme for the next meeting of the Conference of the Parties, COP11...more

Thousands Celebrate 100 years of Kruger National Park

More than 2000 people gathered at the soccer stadium in Skukuza, Kruger National Park (KNP)...more

Threatened Chameleons

Chameleon species are not numerous compared to many other groups of reptiles. Southern Africa has 14 species of endemic dwarf chameleons presently...more

Three Day Hike Re-opens in Mountain Zebra National Park

The three-day Impofu hiking trail re-opened in Mountain Zebra National Park on 15 September 2011, following its closure in July last year...more

Three Kruger camps for 2010

SANParks' managing executive tourism and marketing, Glenn Phillips According to Phillips, said the Kruger National Park has dedicated three of its camps...more

Three more doctors in Krugers Ranks

Several of Kruger's scientific services staff now have new letters to add behind their names. Social ecologist Kelly Scheepers was awarded her PhD...more

Three rhino poachers get 25 years jail time each

Three rhino poachers were found guilty of illegal rhino hunting at Phalaborwa Regional Court and sentenced to a maximum of 25 years imprisonment...more

Tie A Yellow Ribbon

A group of people are now tying yellow ribbons around the aerials and rear view mirrors of their cars and adorning their bush equipment with yellow...more

Tigers fall victim to land claim

In an unlikely repercussion of a land claim, two Bengal tigers will be relocated to Hoedspruit. The Bengal tigers had previously been kept at the...more

Tinkering with the science of climate change

Huge mirrors in space, petrifying carbon dioxide, algae farms, and lots of white paint - these are some of the ideas being proposed to offset global...more

To bird or not to bird

“Why do people become birders?” I guess this is the age-old dilemma that so bothered Hamlet ... “To bird or not to bird, that is the question”...more

To Graze or Not to Graze

Grass is one of the primary suppliers of nourishment to the second level of the food chain namely the herbivores. Most of the large herbivores commonly...more

Too Much Of a Good Thing

Resulting ecological damage is serious, but could be reduced by wider use of more sustainable, time-honored practices...more

Toolkit to Combat Rhino Poaching

In recognising the urgent need to curb rhino poaching in South Africa, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) has developed a guide to help rhino owners...more

Top Honours For Giriyondo’s Official Opening

The Giriyondo Tourism Acces Facility is 95km from the Phalaborwa Gate, and only 42km from Letaba Camp. The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park will link...more

Top Scientist to Use Airborne Observatory to Study Kruger's Diversity

The Andrew W Mellon Foundation in the United States of America awarded a $750,000 grant to the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology for an...more

Tortoises, Terrapins and Turtles

Probably the most well known and least understood of all our animals are the Tortoises. Referred to, flippantly, as 'mobile meat pies' or, further south...more

Tourism And The Environment

South African National Parks management reacted positively to the result of a case at the Makhado (Louis Trichardt) Magistrates' Court on Friday May 26...more

Tourism Concerns

In 1984, van Riet and Louw architects were appointed to design a camp, later known as Berg-en-Dal...more

Tourism Concerns

Last year December Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) announced Siyabona Africa Safaris as the 22nd product – and the first mobile safari company...more

Tourism Concerns

Modern technology has become important even in the heart of the African bush. That is why the children of Skukuza Primary need to be computer literate...more

Tourism highlights 2007 WTO

The tourism sector continued to enjoy above average results and recorded a third year of sustained growth as is highlighted in the United Nations World...more

Tourism Indaba 2006 Awards

The first ever Welcome awards, launched at the Indaba last year, were awarded to the category winners at the Indaba opening ceremony...more

Tourism Indaba 2006 Snippets and Comments

Indaba is a very important platform for any organisation in the tourism industry. We are confident that we have achieved our objectives and time will...more

Tourism Indaba Attracts More Delegates

On the second last day of INDABA 2010, South African Tourism and exhibition organisers were certain that attendance this year would at least equal...more

Tourism Industry, Past and Present, Revealed at Conference

Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk officially opened the fourth annual national tourism conference at Sun City at the beginning of October by...more

Tourism minister promotes South Africa in Australia

“Australia ranks 6th in terms of South African Tourism's top 20 long haul source markets. Between 2005 and 2010, South Africa has steadily grown annual...more

Tourism Plan to Outline Scarce Skills Needed

A Tourism Skills Sector Plan for 2008/09 is to increase South Africa's skills base by outlining the scarce skills required in the tourism industry...more

Tourism skills training for unemployed launched

Some 28 000 tourism industry employees could benefit from the newly launched Adult Basic Education and Training (Abet)-Tourism...more

Tourism Snippets

The environmental impact assessment process for the Lions Walk Wildlife Estate on the farm Rietvley adjoining the Kruger National Park (KNP) has now gone...more

Tourism Snippets - Cheap Flights to Mpumalanga

Once a day low cost flights to and from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Mpumalanga are on the cards. Negotiations are underway between the Mpumalanga...more

Tourism Snippets - Polokwane International Airport Developments

Polokwane International Airport Limited has embarked on a development strategy which will enable it to take its rightful place among the country's top...more

Tourism Snippets - Travel Tips

Ten decks at Satara and Tambotie are in the process of being rejuvenated. Saligna wood impregnated with Tanalith E is being used for the decks...more

Tourism Spending on The Increase in SA

In the context of an extremely challenging global environment, South Africa's tourism sector continues to do well...more

Tourism Winners Marked By Service Excellence

The 2009/10 Welcome Awards winners, sponsored by First National Bank (FNB) Commercial, were announced at a glittering award ceremony at INDABA in Durban...more

Tourist Facilities In The Limpopo National Park

With the opening of the Giriyondo Border Post, South Africans can now readily enter the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique to experience its attractions...more

Tourist Injured in Elephant Encounter on Olifants Trail

A woman was injured on the Kruger National Park's popular Olifants River back pack trail when the group of hikers walked into an elephant breeding...more

Tourist roads, elephants and poachers

On April 30, 1946 James Stevenson-Hamilton recorded his last day as warden of the Kruger National Park (KNP) in his diary...more

Tracking Dogs to Support KNP Rangers In Fight Against Rhino Poachers

Tracking dogs have shown their worth in the ongoing fight aginst rhino poachers in South Africa. So much so that the Kruger National Park (KNP) has now...more

Tracking down human smell

Each of the 6.7 billion people on Earth has a signature body odor — the chemical counterpart to fingerprints — and scientists are tracking down those...more

Tracking Krugers wildlife

Even on the quietest of game drives in the Kruger National Park, you can still experience the excitement of being close to one of the big five, and gain...more

Traditional Cuisine With A Difference

The eating of insects, also known as entomophagy, occurs worldwide in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas and has nutritional benefits...more

Traditional dancers find captive audience

Peer Mkhonto, the leader of a group of traditional dancers that regularly performs at functions in the Kruger National Park, is now less reliant on the...more

Traditional healers attend management courses

Two groups of traditional healers from the Bushbuckridge area attended a Business Management and Project Leadership course at the Department of Water...more

Traditional health practitioners against rhino poachers

The Kruger National Park (KNP) took a stand with traditional health practitioners against the escalating rhino poaching war in the country. Over 500...more

Tragic Accident in Kruger Claims Five Lives

A holiday in the Kruger National Park ended in tragedy when an accident claimed the lives of five people on the road between the Phalaborwa entrance gate...more

Trainee Artisans Gain Experience In Kruger

The Kruger National Park (KNP) together with Scarce Skills Development and Training (SSDT), P.D Naidoo and Associates (PDNA), Automobile Training Academy...more

Transformation and Debunking Stereotypes Discussed by Honorary Rangers

Honorary rangers are often perceived as the 'rich guys who do things in the parks', and this perception needs to be changed with hard work and dedication...more

Transfrontier Conservation Steps Ahead In Mozambique

The African Wildlife Foundation is reiterating its commitment to the concept of transfrontier conservation by appointing a technical advisor for the...more

Treaty partners learn of 40 proposed wildlife trade rule changes

Proposals for tighter trade controls for species such as the Atlantic blue fin tuna, sharks and corals have been submitted...more

Tree Treasures Unlocked

Most people's general knowledge on trees will include that they provide oxygen and shade, need water and sunlight, are home to some animals...more

Trees Facilitate Wildfires as a Way to Protect Their Habitat

Fire is often thought of something that trees should be protected from, but a new study suggests that some trees may themselves contribute to the...more

Trees vital for food security

Countries tackling food insecurity and climate change adaptation can greatly benefit from agroforestry - integrating fleshy plants and trees into their...more

Trendy fashion bodysuit wards off bugs

The ongoing battle against malaria has sparked a somewhat unconventional, if not creative partnership that saw the fruits displayed on the runway at...more

Trials Of Knock-Out Drug For Hyena Successful

In a joint project led by Dr Gregory Fleming of Disney's Animal Kingdom and Dr Markus Hofmeyr of Sanparks, a new drug combination was tested on hyenas...more

Trust Dedicates Resources to Plight of African Penguin

African penguins have been sliding towards extinction since industrial fishing started around the Cape. BirdLife South African has found someone to...more

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

Johann Oelofse, section ranger at Mooiplaas, observed an unusual occurrence. He relates the story: At Bowkerskop windpump I came across a most unusual...more

Trying to work from the same weather page

Climate scientists describe Africa as an information “black hole”. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) notes that there are only 744 weather...more

Tsendze Rustic Camp Site Receives Three Star Grading

The recently opened Tsendze rustic camp site received a three star grading from the Grading Council of South Africa. The camp is assessed in the caravan...more

Tsessebe Move North

A total of 12 tsessebe, comprising five males and seven females, as well as 11 reedbuck found a new home in the northern part of Kruger having been moved...more

Tsonga dancers entertain tourists

A traditional Tsonga dance group poses for tourists. The group, based in the town of Justicia bordering the Kruger National Park, performs the...more

Turtles in as much danger as Frogs

The plight of the planet's tortoises and turtles- creatures that have roamed the Earth for 220 million years - has never been greater, according to a...more

Tusker Mabarule Dies

Mabarule, a big elephant bull in the Kruger National Park (KNP), has died. Section Ranger Johnn Oelofse and his team found the carcass on November 11...more

Twenty Giraffe Get A Passport To Mozambique

The Sanparks Veterinary Wildlife Services Capture team translocated 20 giraffe from the Satara area in the Kruger National Park to a fenced sanctuary in...more

Twin elephants born in Addo

Twin elephants have been born in the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape. This is only the third time in the history of the park that such an...more

Two challenging publications on environmental change launched

When there is scientific evidence that the ice cap of Marion Island has already melted by 60 percent in the past 50 years, and the surrounding oceans...more

Two lodges get fair trade certification

Tourism products that focus on sustainability while incorporating the social, environmental and commercial dimensions of the industry stand in line...more

Two metre Croc Attacks Girl, in her Own Swimming Pool

Who would have expected that a normal swim on a Monday afternoon would turn into one of the most traumatic experiences of one's life...more

Two new gates for Orpen

It would appear that the Orpen Gate to the Kruger National Park (KNP) is moving and multiplying. If the plans currently being discussed come to fruition...more

Two new lemur species named

The discovery of two new lemur species has been announced after German and Malagasy scientists performed genetic analysis on wild lemurs from Madagascar...more

Two new national parks for South Africa

Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk has recently announced the proposed creation of two new national parks...more

Two Of Sa’s Peace Parks Are A Study In Contrasts

How do institutions within Transfrontier Parks (TFP) or Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCA) react to dynamics in and around the parks?...more

Two Rhino Killed In The Kruger National Park

Two fresh white rhino carcasses (cow and calf), were discovered on the morning of 11 October 2011 at Albasini Road, in the Pretoriuskop Ranger Section...more

Two Rhino Poachers Arrested In The Kruger National Park

Two rhino poachers were arrested in the Kruger National Park (KNP) by a combined SANParks, SANDF and SAPS operation on Friday June 3, 2011...more

Two Students Die In The Pretoriuskop Swimming Pool

The Kruger National Park (KNP) managing executive, Dr Bandile Mkhize expressed his sincere sympathies to the next of kin of the two students that died...more

Two Tourist Routes Launched at Historical Trade Route in Park

It is perhaps fitting that Masorini was chosen as the launch venue for a tourism initiative that makes use of various tourism opportunities found in...more

UK researchers extensively map Africas groundwater

Researchers estimate the total groundwater storage in Africa to be 0.66 million km3. "Not all of this groundwater storage is available for abstraction, but the...more

UN focuses on Decade on Biodiversity

The United Nations marks its Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020. Giving credence to its strategic plan on biodiversity and its overall vision of living in...more

Unacceptable behaviour in Shingwedzi

In the light of the recent Christmas Day celebrations held in Shingwedzi rest camp it is apparent that SANParks is facing a prob lem with regards to the...more

Understanding Grasses

It is important to start with a little background to this important family of plants. Grasses belong to the plant Family Poaceae (Gramineae), which falls...more

Understanding of the link between agriculture and climate change

Agricultural practice and policies need to adapt to the impact of climate change - and in ways that are environmentally sustainable. And scientists must...more

Unearthing the Secrets of the Leopard Population at Londolozi_copy

Leopards are such secretive creatures that estimates of the size of leopard populations can vary wildly, with scientific estimates in South Africa...more

UNESCO Director visits Mapungubwe National Park

The director of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation's World Heritage Centre in Paris, Francesco Bandarin, undertook a...more

Unexpected Is The Name Of The Game Rangers Game

A Game Ranger in your Backpack', is a new guide to South Africa's flora and fauna. Aimed at nature novices, starting off on the path to become...more

Unravelling Hyena Mysteries With Giggles

For 12 continuous hours over five consecutive days, twice this year, a female called Giggles was the centre of attention keeping at least three teams a...more

Unsafe Water The Silent Killer

Every 20 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease - 1.8 million children younger than five years each year...more

Unsustainable harvesting of Prunus africana tree threatens prostate treatment

Over-harvesting of Prunus africana or Red Stinkwood in the wild for its medicinal properties has experts at the World Agroforestry Centre looking at...more

Up close and personal with the stars

There is a San story that says the Milky Way owes its origins to a young girl who threw ashes from a fire into the sky to make a visible path. She flung...more

Upgrades And Developments In Kruger National Park

A new day visitor's site at Shingwedzi, a conference venue at Mopani and upgrades to the tented accommodation at Lower Sabie are some of the improvements...more

Upgrades and new attractions at SANParks

Upgrades to units at Punda Maria, Shingwedzi, Letaba, Satara, Orpen, Lower Sabie amd Berg-en-dal have been completed...more

Upgrades at Satara

At Satara Main Camp visitors will notice development and construction worth R10,4-million over the next few months. A day visitor's site and swimming...more

Upgrading of the Letaba Ranch fenceline

Upgrading of the fence on the western border of Letaba Ranch is well underway. The section north of the Letaba River has been completed except for two...more

Urban youth learn more about climate change and national parks

Young city dwellers can now learn more about climate change outside the class room and get to know their national parks at the same time. In early...more

Urgent need to implement African Elephant Action Plan

The critical situation in Africa demonstrates the urgent need to implement the African Elephant Action Plan, which was created by all African elephant...more

US 3.3 million for 23 species conservation project

“Ignoring species conservation means ignoring a world in which species are currently disappearing at a rate 100 to 1,000 times higher than normal...more

USD 21Billion locked in E-waste annually less than 15 percent recovered

More than 7500 tonnes of silver and 320 tonnes of gold are used to make cell phones, PCs, tablet computers and other electronic and electric equipment....more

Use Genetics, Not Reproduction, To Define Species Say Scientists

A new paper published in the Journal of Mammology may have serious implications for how scientists designate which mammals belong to which species...more

Use your Cellphone to Note your Sighting

If you are into combining the outdoors and technology you may want to explore the possibilities offered by an organisation that has developed an...more

Using Chilli Extract to Deter Elephant Destruction

New research involving chilli extract is underway to try and find a natural way of keeping elephants away from certain things that both people and...more

Vacuum cleaners, tyres, bug movies all contribute names to top 10 species of 2007

The international institute for species exploration at Arizona State University and an international committee of taxonomists, scientists responsible...more

Valuable Donations To Rehabilitation Centre

The South African Tourism office in Amsterdam, in partnership with the South African/Dutch Chamber of Commerce (SANEC), recently held an auction...more

Vegetation around the world is on the move

Vegetation around the world is on the move, and climate change is the culprit, according to a new analysis of global vegetation shifts...more

Verbally Abused Motorist Wins Court Case

The motorist who was subjected to verbal abuse by traffic officials on the road between Nelspruit and Hoedspruit was delighted on January 24, 2006 when...more

Vets for rural villagers

R100 million has been allocated to Mpumalanga for dams and irrigation schemes. According to Bua News, agriculture MEC Madala Masuku has said that some...more

Vietnam urged to curb rhino poaching

WWF and TRAFFIC are calling on Vietnam to increase efforts to address the illegal trade of rhino horn, which is threatening rhino populations in both...more

Vietnamese Citizen Jailed For Possession Of Rhino Horn

Stricter penalties are underway as the fight against rhino poaching in South Africa continues...more

Vintage cars pass through Lowveld

More than 50 vintage and classic, and a few new, cars stopped over at Forever Aventura Swadini on their way to Mozambique. The Polana Classic Rally to...more

VIPs test drive bush to beach route

VIPs experienced the new Rixile Bush to Beach route through an exploration tour in mid-April 2008...more

Virtual Visitors Spy On Two Of Kruger Parks Waterholes

Since December 2004, every thirty seconds a photo has been taken of a waterhole near Orpen Gate in the Kruger National Park and broadcast on the...more

Visitors And Park Staff Faced Fines Over Holidays

Kruger National Park (KNP) law enforcement officials had a busy time over the festive season, issuing 600 fines in just 32 days over the December/January...more

Visitors assist with wild dog genetic research

More than 300 calls and text messages in six months highlighted Kruger visitors' concern and commitment to helping Janet Edwards plot the location of...more

Visitors flock to Chrissiesmeer Crane Festival

The first ever Chrissiesmeer Crane Festival was hosted by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) on the 6th and 7th of July and attracted over 150 visitors...more

Visitors Help Save The Southern Ground Hornbill

The Kruger National Park (KNP) and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) have been surveying Kruger's southern ground hornbill population...more

Visitors to Mozambique need to overnight in Kruger

Visitors travelling to Mozambique through the Kruger National Park (KNP) will need to overnight either in Kruger or the Limpopo National Park (LNP)...more

Vive le difference

Many butterflies are gender dimorphic, what does that mean? It means that the males and the females look different from each other...more

Vlakteplaas Section Rangers Diary

Excerpts from the diary of the Nxanatseni region, Vlakteplaas section ranger, Reckson Seani. It was clear and hot and I deployed two field rangers at...more

Voice your opinion on mining applications and the environment

Public participation and consultation in new prospecting and mining applications is a requirement in terms of South African legislation...more

Volunteer Interns Ready To Start Work At Reserves

The 2006 Global Vision International (GVI) interns got together for the last time at Letaba Rest camp before they were scattered to the various Sanparks...more

Volunteers Geared up for 2008

The 2008 Global Vision International volunteers spent their last days at Letaba at the end of January in preparation for their duties in the year ahead...more

Volunteers get dirty at school

Volunteers, greater Hoedpsruit based- businesses and staff from the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve joined hands on a clean-up drive...more

Volunteers Help Survey Krugers Smaller Critters

Biodiversity conservation is the clear mandate for Sanparks and the savanna unit of scientific services in Skukuza is seriously getting to grips with...more

Volunteers Needed To Map The Distribution Of Mopane Trees

Mopane trees dominate the vegetation in the northern half of the Kruger National Park, and much of the Limpopo Province. As many frustrated tourists...more

Volunteers Survey Mopane Veld in Greater Kruger

Some 50 volunteers walked 400 kilometres of mopane veld in six weeks – all for the benefit of science...more

Vulnerable people diminishing wildlife

More than 34 million people living in Africa's Congo Basin depend on wildlife as their significant and direct source of protein...more

Vulnerable teens warned off dagga

Teenagers who use cannabis and have a family history of mental illness are 25 percent more likely to suffer from schizophrenia, delusions and paranoia...more

Vultures Endangered and Vulnerable

The first Saturday of September every year is observed as International Vulture Awareness Day by the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Birds of Prey Programme...more

Waiting for Rain

The transition to summer this year has not been spectacular at all. Spring was short lived and low key. Normally the weeping boerbeans, the knob thorns...more

Wanted

February to April and even May are the best times for butterflies. Currently it is endeavoured to see if these butterflies and some extras have been...more

War impacts elephant populations in eastern Congo

Human conflict have a particular devastating impact on African elephant populations, far greater than habitat. This, according to a new University...more

Wardens Notes on Ranger Sections For January 1936, James Stevenson-Hamilton

General rains set in. They were heaviest in the north and south east and roads and rivers became for the time impassable...more

Wasps

Although every aspect of nature is fascinating, I have, like many others, been attracted to birds. However, if I had my time again and knowing what I do...more

Watching The World For Future Generations

Long-term environmental planning got a boost when 130 high-level delegates met to develop a strategy that will help guide how scientists observe...more

Water - every drop counts

A decade ago water saving in SA did not have the sense of urgency or media profile that it has today...more

Water Affairs investigates possible Blyde Polluters

A juice factory just outside of Hoedspruit is under investigation by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) for the discharge of effluent...more

Water brings life to New Kruger Campsite

After months of searching, hydrologists have finally struck water in sufficient quantities to allow plans to go ahead to build a new rustic campsite...more

Water Everywhere

A special warning was issued over the weekend of 28 January that the Olifants river would be in flood following the opening of the sluices at the Flag...more

Water in Kruger

It took members of the South African National Defence Force special forces school three days and eight tonnes of explosives to blow up the...more

Water Issues in Bushbuckridge Discussed in Arizona

Water is a limited resource that people all around the world have to share; and discussions around this complex issue were the subject of a workshop...more

Water of Life

October month has been referred to as suicide month in the Kruger National Park. Conditions are hot, dry and dusty, bleak, barren and dead. It is also...more

Water Plan To Address Service Backlogs

A five-year programme is currently being devised to address the backlogs in water and sanitation services and to ensure the targets of the Millennium...more

Water Wells Bring Sorrow

Like her grandparents did, Rose and other Cottondale villagers rely on wells, rain or the river for their daily water. Rose knows of three women who have...more

Waxy homes childrens treats

some mopane trees seem forever rooted in their autumn shine.A closer inspection of these leaves this time of the year reveals strings of whitish waxy...more

We Need To Need Less

The current crisis is not a problem of too much carbon dioxide or soil erosion or pollution, it's not the population explosion...more

Weather Station Moves To Pretoriuskop

Specialised help was needed to move an automatic weather station from its current position near the Skukuza airport to its new home at Pretoriuskop...more

Weather Station Prepares Mpumalanga For Disasters

White River - A new weather service station unveiled in Mpumalanga will ensure the province receives timely information about possible flooding and...more

Welcome To The Most Wonderful Classroom In The World

To identify, monitor and taken actions on environmental problems, the Marula region's People and Conservation department of the Kruger National Park...more

West Rand Honorary Rangers Hold 8th Annual Birding Day

Between January 27-28 2006 Over 600 Birding Enthusiasts From All Over SA took part in the West Rand Honorary Rangers' 8th Annual Birding Day...more

Western Cape HRs nominated for owl award

The SANParks Honorary Rangers (HR) of the West Coast Region have been nominated for an Owl award from BirdLife SA...more

Wetland Rehabilitation Well On Track in Kruger

The Kruger National Park has secured R3.6m over a three-year cycle that started in April last year for wetland rehabilitation in the Park. The money will...more

Wetlands crucial for tourism

Water and environmental affairs deputy minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi celebrated the importance of wetlands conservation and linking wetlands to tourism...more

What are the Bankenveld Honorary Rangers Up To

The Bankenveld region is not only home to wonderful highveld grasslands, but also a group of very active honorary rangers (HR)...more

What Are The Green Scorpions

The name has been coined by the press and it is likely to stick as long as the legislation lasts, but are the more than 600 Environmental Management...more

What Can Nature Do For Us

The donor community and conservation movement are leaning increasingly towards a what can nature do for us approach, where species and wild habitats...more

What Do Carrots, Elephants and Forestry have in Common

There is a team of scientists who would never dream of entering the Kruger National Park (KNP) without a goodly supply of fresh carrots to assist them...more

What Does Minerals And Energy Do About Illegal Sand Mining

According to minerals and energy, the department 'polices' all mining activities. The department can designated an official as an 'authorised person'...more

What drives public opinion on climate change in the USA

“Public opinion regarding climate change is likely to remain divided as long as the political elites send out conflicting messages on this issue.” In a...more

What Eats What

Insect life has been more prolific this year in reaction to the relatively good rainfall. In our area, the large 'emperor moths' (Family Saturniidae)...more

What Is Happening At Lower Sabie

Raymond Travers, Kruger's media liaison, explains ongoing developments at Lower Sabie. The infrastructure is however old and desperately needs upgrading...more

What Needs An Environmental Impact Assessment

Although it is unlikely that too many people will be contemplating building a nuclear reactor or a massive power generation plant, there are several...more

What Rio +20 meant for South Africa

The Rio +20 Conference on Sustainable Development took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 20 to 22 June 2012. A key outcome for South Africa was the...more

What Will Stop The Olifants River Drying Up Again

Hundreds of fish gasped their last, hippos battled it out in tiny pools and vegetation wilted and died last year in the Kruger National Park when the...more

What’s in an animal’s name?

What's in an animal's name? Most of us are familiar with many of South African animals common names or descriptive names. Some of the keener naturalists...more

What’s on the Menu and Why for Elephants and other Plant Eaters

In what is probably the largest fertilisation experiment of its kind, 30 hectares of mopane bushveld in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve adjoining...more

What’s The Scoop On Soil

Trees and plants need soil to grow. Very few fruits, vegetables and grains would live without it. Many animals need soil, too. They eat the plants that...more

Whats to celebrate on World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated on 8/9 May. By which time all our migratory birds have long since left South Africa for sunnier climes. By rights...more

When African animals hit the hay

Fossil teeth of African animals show that during the past 10 million years, different plant-eating critters began grazing on grass at different times...more

When is Water Safe

Diarrhoea-inducing waterborne microbes often go undetected in parts of the world with the highest rate of under-five deaths from gastrointestinal...more

Where Lions And Humans Meet

With lion numbers halving in the last two decades, and the popular predator disappearing from more than 80 percent of its former home range, the United...more

Where the eagles soar

We got up at 05h00 that Sunday morning and we started our journey from Malelane gate in the most southern corner of the Kruger National Park...more

Where will the money be going to in Limpopo and Mpumalanga?

Of the the R27.9 billion budget for Limpopo, 81 percent will be focussed on the delivery of social services for the poor, while R1.5 billion will be...more

Which Comes First Water or Energy

Finding water to create new energy requires an investment of old energy, researchers say. “No matter what kind of energy you want to create, from...more

Which River In Kruger Is The Cleanest

In the Kruger National Park there are five major rivers that historically flowed all year round – the Crocodile, the Sabie, the Olifants, the Letaba...more

White Backed Vulture, Grey Crowned Crane and Crowned Eagle Under Threat

The White-Backed Vulture Gyps africanus, the most widespread and common vulture in Africa, has been uplisted from Near-Threatened to Endangered...more

White buffalo calf spotted

A visitor to Kruger, Modjadjikloof resident, Jacques Schalkwyk, spotted a light-coloured buffalo calf near the Middelvlei windmill between Mopani and...more

White giraffe spotted in Tanzania

White lions, white elephants and now a white giraffe. Man has long been fascinated with nature's quirks, and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)...more

White Lion Cub Spotted In The Timbavati

Ziggy Hugo, a guide at Hermansburg in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, was with guests when they stumbled upon this rare sighting...more

White lion project moves to Free State

The new facility is called the Barnato White Lion Breeding Project and is located just 6km outside of Kroonstad, Free State, South Africa. Meet white...more

White Lion Tourism Underway Despite Lack of Legal Compliance

The Global White Lion Protection Trust (GWLPT) still has no holding permit for the white lions it imported to an area adjacent the Greater Kruger...more

White Lions Reappear In The Wild

Two white lion cubs have been spotted frolicking in a dry riverbed in the Umbabat Private Nature Reserve with their tawny mother...more

White Lions Return To Lowveld

Two weeks ago the Global White Lion Protection Trust (GWLPT) translocated four white lions from Sanbona in the Western Cape to their new home bordering...more

White rhinos and termites too offer hope for future biodiversity

Day three, Wednesday 23 April 2008, of the 2008 Annual Science Network Meeting offered interesting perspectives on why white rhinos and termites are both...more

Who will fix Kruger’s fences in future

The fate of the hundreds of kilometres of the Kruger National Park's western boundary fence is under review. High-level executives, including South...more

Why Animals Behave The Way They Do

The way animals use colour in their daily communication provide a basis for very interesting observation...more

Why Do Dew Drops Do What They Do on Leaves

To save energy. The answer is based on the fundamental principle of free energy, that everything in nature seeks the lowest possible energy state...more

Why do hippos open their mouths so wide?

Given their diet, why do hippos have to be able to open their mouths so wide, asks Cedric Dallas from Stellenbosch?...more

Why Do People Visit The Kruger National Park

According to a seven-year study, from 2001 to 2007, about 80 percent of Kruger's visitors is from South Africa and 70 percent is Afrikaans...more

Why Female Water Buffalo Have Horns Impala Do Not

The reason some female hoofed animals have horns while others do not has long puzzled evolutionary biologists, even the great Charles Darwin...more

Why People Visit Parks? Do the Answers Matter to Management?

An article, published by Koedoe, which highlights the extent to which socio-demographic and behavioural and motivational indicators influence the...more

Why The Leopard Got Its Spots

Why do leopards have rosette shaped markings but tigers have stripes? Rudyard Kipling suggested that it was because the leopard...more

Why Wetlands Matter

About half of South Africa's wetlands have already been destroyed or converted through draining, the building of dams, incorrect burning and overgrazing...more

Widespread and Substantial Declines in Wildlife in Kenyas Masai Mara

Monthly surveys over 15 years link surge in human settlements near Mara Reserve with large losses of wildlife that have made Kenya a popular...more

Wild About Soccer In BaPhalaborwa

The Dreamfields “Wild about Soccer' project has been running for some time in the Kruger National Park in Skukuza and Punda Maria...more

Wild Areas Of Okavango To Renew Commitment To The Wilderness Foundation

The wilderness of the Okavango Delta in Botswana will be home to conservation legend Dr Ian Player for 10 days in early June...more

Wild Cat facts

65-day gestation period. Female gives birth to two or three kittens. The young suckle for approximately one month and accompany their mother on hunting...more

Wild dog and cheetah census prizes awarded

Twelve lucky winners were awarded a variety of fantastic prizes at the Endangered Wildlife Trust's headquarters in Johannesburg on June 30, 2005...more

Wild dogs den up in Balule

Seven wild dogs that were released into greater Kruger at the beginning of May have now chosen a den site about three kilometres from where they were...more

Wild Dogs to be Released into Balule

Seven wild dogs are due to be released into the Balule Private Nature Reserve, ad- joining the Greater Kruger National Park, in the next few weeks...more

Wild Elephants Respond To Vibrations In The Earth

Elephants will respond to signals transmitted through the earth without a sound whispering through the air. This has been shown by a team of scientists...more

Wildebeest get a helping hand in Greater Kruger

The Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, part of the Associated Private Nature Reserves adjoining Kruger National Park, has just released 50 wildebeest to...more

Wilderness

'Wilderness' has different meanings for different people. To some it is a physical area, while for others it is a psychological 'place' or state of mind...more

Wilderness Trails To Be Expanded By Foundation

The Wilderness Foundation and the Wilderness Leadership School, founded in the 1950s by conservation legend Dr Ian Player and Magqubu Ntombela, is...more

Wildlife and African folklore

Many African tribes had a tradition regarding wild creatures. Certain birds and animals were given the status of protected creatures because of their...more

Wildlife and Soccer

What does the Soccer World Cup and biodiversity have in common? This is the challenge SANParks has put to the country's children...more

Wildlife As a Source for Livestock Infections

A bacterium possibly linked to Crohn's disease could be lurking in wild animals...more

Wildlife Books

If you are a wildlife and nature lover who enjoys reading about first hand experiences, two books published by CC Africa may be worth adding to your...more

Wildlife College Graduation Highlights Best Students

This year, the ladies showed the way at the Southern African Wildlife College graduation with Esther Sibanda from Zimbabwe the proud recipient of the...more

Wildlife College Students Graduate

This year's Southern African Wildlife College Graduation ceremony celebrated 20 students receiving natural resource certificates and 22 students...more

Wildlife Enforcement Task Force to protect elephants and rhinos

The Ivory and Rhinoceros Enforcement Task Force of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) met in...more

Wildlife Fund present loan vehicle to Traffic

“TRAFFIC extends its sincere thanks to the Mazda Wildlife Fund for your 20 years of support: you have, quite literally, been the driving force behind our...more

Wildlife Presenter Searches For Deadly Lowveld Inhabitants

Director James Brickell and his crew recently filmed parts of a new children's wildlife documentary for the BBC in the lowveld...more

Wildlife Research Objectives

The enquiring mind of humanity is our most important asset in the struggle for physical survival on earth. The professional activity of 'finding out' or...more

Wildlife trade regulation needed more than ever

From medicine to musical instruments and from fashion and beauty products to delicacies, wildlife items in trade must be properly regulated...more

Will Kruger Lose Its Last River Gorge

The Kruger National Park has one last remaining unspoilt gorge left on a perennial river, and this pristine gorge is increasingly coming under threat...more

Will policy makers listen to the world’s scientists

The world has been warned time and again about the potential harm man is doing to ecosystems around the world. Now 1,360 scientists from 95 countries....more

Will Three Million Swallows Outweigh The Next World Cup

Millions of swallows making the journey from Europe to South Africa may have a surprise in store in a few years time – their winter home may be...more

Winter Camp Lights Fires In Phalaborwa Learners

Twelve high school learners from the Phalaborwa region have developed an extra dose of enthusiasm for entering a career in the sciences after attending...more

Winter Food

We tend to think of the warm, rainy season as a time of food production and the cooler, dry 'winter' as the period when natural food sources are in...more

With a Little Help from Our Ancient Friends

Ancient humans may not have had the luxury of updating their Facebook status, but social networks were nevertheless an essential component of their lives...more

With Words And Images, A Couple Brings the Wild To The World

Currently living in Hoedspruit, Adrian Bailey and his wife Robyn Keene-Young havedocumented private moments in the life of many African animals...more

Women in water rewarded

National Water Week kicked off with the presentation of the Women in Water Awards at the Presidential Guesthouse on March 18, 2005. At the ceremony...more

Wood carvings used to attract cranes to bird watching site

Bird- Life South Africa now lures cranes to its winter feeding site using life-size wooden decoys. Maize grain is put out regularly for the cranes in...more

Working on how to feed the world in 2050

Could the world go through another food crisis on a scale similar to the one in 2007/08? “Never say never again'”, was the general consensus...more

Workshop Broadens Science Teachers’ Horizons

Thirteen teachers from schools in and around Phalaborwa met at Letaba Camp in the Kruger National Park (KNP) on February 18, 2006 to take part in...more

World conservation loses benefactor

A driving force behind the creation of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and many other international conservation initiatives...more

World Environment Day celebrated at all national parks

Employees at SANParks joined their conservation colleagues across the globe to celebrate World Environment Day on June 5, which was celebrated with the...more

World fails to meet biodiversity loss targets

The Global Biodiversity Outlook is published every four years and is the product of close collaboration between the...more

World Malaria Report 2013 Fact Sheet

Updated info on Malaria statistics and a travelling precautions guide for visiting Kruger National Park...more

World Rhino Day celebrates five rhino species

“World Rhino Day is an opportunity to highlight the efforts being made to fight the scourge of rhino poaching around the world and to debunk the...more

World Water Day March 22 2005

In 1998 South Africa passed a new National Water Act. This act was hailed internationally as an innovative approach to water management, as it took...more

Wrestling a Crocodile For a Friend

It has been almost 30 years since the day Louis Olivier and Hans Kolver fought an enormous crocodile for the life of their friend and colleague Tom Yssel. Louis and Tom, deciding they deserved...more

Yako In Durban Environmental Management Inspectors Is On Track

On November 1, 2005, when the new Protected Areas Act came into effect, more
than 600 Sanparks environmental management inspectors (EMI) were...more

Yellow Tags Successful In Re-Sighting Poisoned Vultures

The wildlife poisoning incident that occurred outside Hoedspruit last October is now providing valuable information on Vulture movements and the...more

Yesterday, today and tomorrow

Holger Eckhardt drives his bakkie down a degenerating dirt road, tyres rattling over rocky patches, guided by a precise set of instructions to a specific...more

Yesterdays tales

I came across this interesting bit of trivia while browsing through a copy of African Wildlife, the regular magazine then of the Wild Life Protection...more

You Are What You Eat

The external features of animal 'mouths' are the most easily observed and the best field indicators of eating habits. Focus will be on size and shape...more

You Are What You Eat

In the past couple of letters we have dealt with external mouth features and digestion. In this final letter on this subject we look at some of the internal jaw and mouth structure that might...more

You are what you eat

What animals eat will indicate their main function among the diversity of species. Mouth structures have evolved to cope with the main diet of each...more

Young Artist Wins Kruger to Kasies Competition

The Kruger National Park's (KNP) outreach project “Take Kruger to 'Kasies” was officially launched on January 20, 2006 at Mkhuhlu Shopping Complex near...more

Young conservationists back the bats at Letaba

A group of Junior Honorary Rangers from the Bushveld Region spent four days last week at Letaba rest camp, Kruger National Park, making a hands-on...more

Young minds explore the Environment

Armed with a sponsored 'goodie' bag filled with T-Shirt, cap, waterbottle and pencil case, about 500 learners from 10 schools, some having never been...more

Young neighbours discover Kruger treasures

What better way to celebrate world environment day than through first hand exploration of earth's treasures in the Kruger National Park (KNP)?...more

Young Neighbours Learn More About Kruger

To be like a child again or one day, to experience the Kruger National Park (KNP) the way a child would, learning about animals and their habits...more

Young Trackers Excell With Cybertracker

Two young people from the Hoedspruit area became the youngest to achieve a tracking qualification during a tracking evaluation held at...more

Yout in Kruger

Kids in Kruger celebrated Youth Day by inviting young people from neighbouring communities to a day of song and dance. Several entertaining items...more

Youths Get Tourism Training in Giyani

The Mopani District Municipality, comprising the Giyani, Tzaneen, Letaba and Phalaborwa regions, is preparing itself to enter the tourism arena...more

Zebras vs. cattle - Not so black and white

African ranchers often prefer to keep wild grazers like zebras off the grass that fattens their cattle. But a new study by Kenyan and University of...more

Zimbabwe Auctions Big Game Hunts

Zimbabwe has held an auction for big game hunters, offering a variety of trophy 'bags', and raising US$1.5 million in the process, ostensibly for...more

Zimbabwe de horns rhinos to curb poaching

The Zimbabwe government has launched a massive exercise to dehorn rhinoceroses so that these animals do not have any value for poachers...more

Zuma supports green economy

South African president Jacob Zuma supports calls for green technologies and industries that will ensure the country responds to...more
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