An Early Obituary In Memory of the One-time Great Biological Diversity of Kruger National Park

At the United Nations semi-annual Biodiversity Conference (Cop15), held in Montreal, Canada in 2022, implementation was a key theme. Implementation was highlighted because, previously, all the biodiversity targets determined at such conferences were never achieved. So the delegates tried again.  In December 2022, along with 195 other nations, South Africa agreed to adopt the Kunming-Montreal …

KNP’s answer re elephants – Maroela Media

KNP’s reply after having been told in an article by Maroela Media as requested by their readers, that KNP’s current management system caused an over population of elephants resulting in damaging the park’s habitat. They say there are lots of views floating around re this at present. In the past culling of elephants took place …

Wildtuin Antwoord Oor Olifante – Maroela Media

Die Kruger Nasionale Park (KNP) het die week teruggekap ná kritiek dat die huidige beleid oorbevolking van olifante en gevolglike vernietiging van die park se natuurlewe tot gevolg het. Daar heers tans ernstige verskille oor hoe die olifantbevolking in die KNP bestuur word. Vroeër jare is die diere se getalle deur uitdunning op 7 000 …

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. …

Some Comments On The Management Of Elephants And Related Management Issues In The Kruger National Park

By Dr Solomon Joubert INTRODUCTION In the past few years the control of elephant numbers by means of culling as a valid option in the management of their populations was vigorously debated. Culling was strongly opposed by anti-culling parties. Ethical considerations and scientific accountability featured prominently in the debate. The debate on the management, or …

Kruger National Park Elephant Population

Current situation and management considerations Introduction As early as 1931 the then recently constituted National Parks Board considered the possibility that the animals of the Kruger National Park, relieved of the persecutions suffered during most of the previous century, could at some stage reach numbers that could exceed the carrying capacity of the Park. It …

Elephant Management Issues

SCJ Joubert, 30 October 2018 INTRODUCTION Since 2010 this is my fourth submission to Skukuza on the topic of elephant management. For the first three no response was received. They were also submitted for consideration in the revision of the Kruger National Park Management Plan and, in particular, also the Elephant Management Plan. There is …

Elephant Breeding Herd Analyses – Kruger National Park

by Salomon Joubert, September 2015 Introduction and background Two years ago my wife engaged in a discussion with a group of tourists at the Babalala Picnic spot. All concerned were passionate Kruger Park fans, the ‘other’ party being ex-SANParks Honorary Rangers. Of course, the topics ranged around the excitements of the Park and shared experiences. …