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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 shoo...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 deve...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...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 L...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 Sout...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 s...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 prese...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 w...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 nation...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 arri...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 ...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 threatene...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) Thre...more

Orpen Camp Info

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

Orphaned Elephants Forced to Forge New Bonds

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...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 n...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 Clel...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 ...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 relatin...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 throu...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 ...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 o...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 pa...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 an...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

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...more

Pesticide and herbicide resistance

In her book “Living Downstream” American ecologist Sandra Steingraber records that less than 20 insect species showed pesticide resistan...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 ...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 i...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 p...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 Phalaborw...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 We...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 ...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 driv...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 - a pink elephant. The small pink elephant, about a month old, came down t...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 ign...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...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 proceedi...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 la...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. Intern...more

Plundered Cycads

The last, exceptionally large, surviving cycad specimen of the Mariepskop variety of Encephalartos laevofolius has been hacked apart in a fo...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 poache...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 ...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 extin...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...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 Mopan...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 tenden...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 iden...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 ...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 successo...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 fro...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 ...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 benefi...more

Population of Animals

Satellite imagery may be the next tool that biologists use to monitor endangered animal populations. The Bronx Zoo-Based Wildlife Conservati...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 syste...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...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 ...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, S...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

Powers of Scent in Animals

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

Precious Moments on the Nyalaland Wilderness Trail

Walking the Nyalaland Wilderness Trail in Kruger National Park often results in an experience greater than observing animals and plant life ...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 en...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 pre...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 Roan Antelope 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,...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 ...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 Bir...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 to...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 su...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...more

Protected white water lily spotted in Kruger

There has been a great deal of excitement in the northern parts of the park with the discovery of a water lily....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...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 nation...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...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...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 capabi...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 Jul...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...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 racke...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...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 vot...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 ...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 rada...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 dri...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 bir...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 t...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 ac...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 Feb...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 ...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 a...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 a...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 Euopea...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 w...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 g...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 enab...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...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...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 we...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 Mothe...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...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 affe...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 ...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 o...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. Accordi...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 ra...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 abalon...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 ...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 So...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 Septembe...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 reptil...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. ...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 integ...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 Ca...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 inf...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...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 Cl...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...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 averag...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...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 ...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 ...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 t...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 Thursda...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 K...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 cl...more

Rhino Horn Dehorning

Find out everything about rhino horn and dehorning of rhino. What is rhino horn made of? Does dehorning deter poachers?...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 ...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...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 gu...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...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 Nation...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 ...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 res...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 t...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 cancelle...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...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, a...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 t...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 v...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...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 perce...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 ...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 , e...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 fina...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...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. Sabl...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 sabl...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...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 Inform...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...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 scie...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 Septem...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 yo...more

Samango Monkeys in Kruger Park

Paging through an old Custos magazine we came across an article about the reintrodruction of Samango monkeys into Kruger, and wondered what ...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 (SA...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...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 me...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 ec...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 clea...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 ...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...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 mone...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 liquida...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 develo...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 t...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 (U...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 Moun...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 rhino...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...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 ...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,...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 p...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....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 U...more

Savanna Fires a Hot Topic in New Research Collaboration

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

Savannas and Forests in a Battle of the Biomes

Climate change, land use and other human-driven factors could pit savannas and forests against each other by altering the elements to stabil...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 ...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 hop...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 commerc...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 ...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 w...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 da...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 Soc...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 cu...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, Presid...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 arou...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 r...more

Scientist Debunks The Myth Of Elephants Drunk On Marulas

Can Elephants Get Drunk On Marulas? Elephants become drunk when they forage on the fruit of the marula tree - this is an ongoing myth and ta...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 thi...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 A...more

Scientists Prove that Crocodile 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...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 b...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-Ea...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 scienti...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...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 ...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 park...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 Isl...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...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...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 ...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 year...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 ...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 Award...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 e...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 bi...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 wi...more

Shimuwini Voted 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, wh...more

Shine For Charity

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 th...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 th...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 Olifan...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 transfron...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 2...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 tra...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 vi...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 chatterin...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 ...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 r...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...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...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 t...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 a...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 ...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 kud...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....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...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 sn...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...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...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 Jur...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 ne...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 g...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...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...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...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 wor...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...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 Sou...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)...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 tu...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 ...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 posit...more

South African Wildlife College Students Visit Kruger

The close proximity of the South African Wildlife College to the Kruger National Park provides excellent opportunities for practical excurs...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 expos...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 e...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 In...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...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 ...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 ...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 Aware...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 so...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 ...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 e...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 ...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 p...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-leg...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 f...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 c...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 ...more

Spotlight On Kruger Park 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 ma...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...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. Wit...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 Afri...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 Con...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 t...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...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 approac...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 stakehold...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) pr...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-foru...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...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 Ngotsomout...more

Stiff Competition in 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 compet...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 we...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 i...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 fin...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 ...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...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 ...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 fl...more

Streaking elephants

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

Study Shows Elephants Play Key Role in Tree Losses

why do elephants knock down trees? For years, scientists have debated how big a role elephants play in toppling trees in South African savan...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...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 ...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 den...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 volunt...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...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 th...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 Ca...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 m...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. Fo...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 th...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 ...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 eg...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 K...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 ...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...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 rhin...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 sus...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 (K...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...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 Afr...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 ...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 ...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 eleph...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 ment...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 depart...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 turn...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 cou...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 fro...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...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 con...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 p...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 yea...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 w...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 r...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 a...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 ...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 fert...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

Why is Mapungubwe Important? Intellectual and writer Vele Neluvhalani thinks mining near Mapungubwe will be “an offence to our ancestors...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 ...more

The Dangers Posed By Biofuels

According to BirdLife International, unsustainable production of biofuels could result in more environmental degradation than that caused by...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 so...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 ...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 ...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...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 immediate...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, Koedo...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 350k...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...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 includin...more

The Mud Builders

Learn more about Mud Building Insects and Mud Building Birds. Certain birds such as hammerkops and some species of thrush use mud to seal or...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 sh...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 so...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 so...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 regu...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...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 O...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 affe...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 t...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 ...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, mo...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...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 conservati...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...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, a...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, c...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 developi...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 Parti...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 pre...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 ...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 h...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 imprison...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...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 a...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 offse...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 q...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 herbivor...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 rhi...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 ...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 E...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, f...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 Fr...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 compute...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...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 Na...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...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...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 Oct...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...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 in...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)...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 Mp...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 cou...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 dec...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 INDA...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 it...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 br...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 (K...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 tracki...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 fi...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 rel...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...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. ...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 ...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 Tra...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 a...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...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 t...more

Trees vital for food security

Countries tackling food insecurity and climate change adaptation can greatly benefit from agroforestry - integrating fleshy plants and trees...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 r...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...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 som...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 mo...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...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...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 havi...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 t...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, accor...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 No...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 ...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...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 surroundi...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 ...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...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 fro...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 Rang...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...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 ...more

Types of Malaria

The focus here will be on the various types of malaria - among some other diseases - transmitted by mosquitoes. There are four types of Mala...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 a...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 ...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 re...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)...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 sci...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 ...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, un...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 beco...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 th...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 lo...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 pat...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 th...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...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 exce...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...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 Africa...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...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...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 s...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 develope...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 peop...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 re...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 auc...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...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...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 population...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 Classi...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...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 Dec...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 lo...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 ...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 Par...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 r...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 vari...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...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 g...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 ...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 an...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 Pr...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 ...more


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


Although every aspect of nature is fascinating, I have, like many others, been attracted to birds. However, if I had my time again and knowi...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 obs...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 o...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 ...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 a...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 ...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 M...more

Water Policy 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 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 w...more

Waterholes Research 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-ter...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 whi...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 Pret...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 flood...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 Na...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. T...more

Wetlands crucial for tourism

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

What Differentiates National Parks From National Protected Areas

So what exactly is Sanparks' mandate and how does a national park differ from a special or national nature reserve...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 a...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 'authorise...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...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 Sat...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 nee...more

What is on the Menu 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...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...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 Afri...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...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 ...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 differ...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 gastrointes...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,...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...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 creat...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 R...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 Endange...more

White buffalo calf spotted

A visitor to Kruger, Modjadjikloof resident, Jacques Schalkwyk, spotted a light-coloured buffalo calf near the Middelvlei windmill between M...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 (...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. M...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 K...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 hom...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 term...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, includin...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 ...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 influenc...more

Why The Leopard Got Its Spots

Why The Leopard Got Its Spots. Why do leopards have rosette shaped markings but tigers have stripes? Rudyard Kipling suggested that it was b...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...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 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...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, ...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 ...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...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...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 wil...more


'Wilderness' has different meanings for different people. To some it is a physical area, while for others it is a psychological 'place' or s...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 Ntombe...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...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...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 recipie...more

Wildlife College Students Graduate

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

Will Three Million Swallows Outweigh The 2010 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 m...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 afte...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...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 o...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 anim...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 c...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 ...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 conse...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 pa...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...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 celebrat...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 debu...more

World Water Day 22 March 2005

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

You Are What You Eat - Animal Digestion

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

Youth Day in Kruger

Kids in Kruger celebrated Youth Day by inviting young people from neighbouring communities to a day of song and dance. Several entertaining ...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 ar...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 Univer...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, ostensibl...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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