The Elephants of Kruger National are Way in Excess of the Sustainable Elephant Carrying Capacity of their Habitat. What’s to be done about it?

The TGA is starting to get a reaction since the release of our FIRST video documentary on this subject.. After our examination of the impact that the  elephants of Kruger National Park had had on the park’s habitats since 1960 – and continuing since 1960 – our conclusion is that the sustainable elephant carrying capacity …

Endangered Baobab Trees Becoming Extinct – Visuals

The latest pictures – sent home by a visiting tourists from the United Kingdom. A picture of the “New Natural World” taken in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The changing mood of Kruger National Park. – where they don’t kill their too many elephants but they allow the endangered baobab trees to become extinct. Credit: …

KNP is on the Point of Total Collapse Into Becoming a Desert

Ron Thomson responds to a comment made by Grant on You Tube where you will find the documentary Ndhlovu This is a very interesting film and it’s doubtless correct in its observations on the current state of the park. However, it might be argued that the ecosystem should be left to itself. Eventually, the elephants …

The Minister’s High Level Panel of Experts

As I understand it, the Minister (Mrs Barbara Creecy) established her (so-called) “High Level Panel of Experts” to obtain first-hand information about the management of elephants, rhinos, lions and leopards in South Africa. This would have been an understandable,  acceptable and welcome development for everybody in the wildlife industry IF these so-called ‘experts’ were people …

Kruger National Park Elephants 

There were no elephants in Kruger National Park until 1905. Then ten elephants pitched up (from Mozambique) and took up residence in the Olifants/Letaba river junction area. This was the only immigration group ever recorded.  But there MUST have been more if we are to account for the rapid increase in elephant numbers after 1905. …

Quo Vadis Kruger National Park? (Again)

I ask this question now with a lot more hope than when I asked it previously. And for full expression, this report should be read together with my African Wildlife Initiative Programme (AWIP). I have to add, however, that although the AWIP report is somewhat out of date, it still contains major principles which hold …

Veld Fires a Product of “too many elephants”

How really nice to read something by someone who cares and who understands. Well done Lood Wentzel. We need YOUR kind of comment to educate those people who are currently uninformed but who truly want to know the facts. The normal Veld Fires you get in Kruger National Park are NOT “man-made” (“or unnatural”).  Veld …

A Brief Ecology Lesson of the African Elephant

Elephants are what is known as “preferential grasers” – that means they PREFER to eat grass when it is green, lush and palatable. When green grass is all eaten off, or it dries off and becomes unpalatable, elephants will turn quite readily to “browse”(which, in the case of elephants, means not just green leaves but …

The Kruger to Canyons (K2C) Biosphere Region Conference

The Greater Kruger National Park Development Debate 11th and 12th July 2013. Hoedspruit. South Africa.        Conference Vision: “Partnering to achieve a sustainable future for all life in the K2C biosphere”  A post conference report by Ron Thomson CEO-TGA  PART I It was my great privilege to have been asked to participate in this conference …