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 in its annual Marula Kids Competition.

Aimed at children from grade three to grade seven, the organisers are asking for a drawing of an animal playing soccer. "In addition to this, learners must be able to display an understanding of SANParks, wildlife and biodiversity when filling in their entry forms," says Edgar Neluvhalani, the general manager for People and Conservation.

"What better way to get kids excited about the environment and conservation than through an event that the whole nation is excited about?" Prizes include a cellphone, a two-night trip to the nearest South African National Park, and Kuduzelas, among other things.

The competition closes on 31 May 2010 and entry forms can be accessed at any of the national parks or through the SANParks website at: www.sanparks.org/people/education/morula/2010/morula_kids_entry_form.pdf

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