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 …

Reply to Peter Mills’ Comment on the Post “Public Information bulletin No.1 (re the Minister’s HLP report)”

Dear Peter, So much goes over my desk every day I cannot remember the detail of most of it. We are going through a difficult period in our history which will make or break our wildlife management potentials and responsibilities. And we are plagued by people with their own personal agendas, opinions and prejudices. I …

From Lovebirds to Elephants

”…if our apparent environment-conscious objectors (to the Lovebirds) really want to do “something of value” for South Africa’s wildlife resource, they need to start questioning SANParks for not ‘managing’ the elephant population of Kruger National Park.” _________________________ Dear Elma, Thank you for your report on the Kruinsig Lovebirds – and the attitude towards them expressed …

Black Rhinoceros is in a Dangerous Situation in Kruger

  I wish to comment on the predicament in which the black rhino finds itself in South Africa today. The black rhino also faces extinction but not so much from poachers as from bad management practices by the SANParks staff in Kruger National Park; and by the Natal Parks Board people in Kwa-Zulu-Natal. Few people …

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. …

The ABC of Elephant Management

This dissertation has been written for all those poor misguided folks who simply do not comprehend the need for elephant management. Elephant management is not difficult to understand if you base your comprehension of the subject on FACT. NB: A ‘fact’ is a ‘thing’ that is known to be consistent with objective reality and it …

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 …

Kruger Park’s biological diversity is in serious trouble! Part 2

Elephant Management in Kruger National Park (2) Today’s blog starts off with the acknowledgement that, in the first blog, we reviewed the history of elephants repopulating Kruger National Park starting in 1905; and that we came to the calculated conclusion that, in 1955, there were approximately 3500 elephants in the park. We also paid some …