Dear Valued Customer,
The sudden and steady increase in illegal wildlife trade and in particular Rhino Poaching since 2007, necessitated SANParks to implement weighty anti-poaching measures. The measures implemented have begun to deliver numerous successes, but at the same time have significantly increased the costs to the organisation, which, at current levels are not financially sustainable.
SANParks continues to receive financial support from Government, various Donors, NGO's, the SANParks Honorary Rangers and the public. Sadly, a lot of the funds raised by various organisations does not reach the ground level. Significant ongoing funding is required to support the replacement, maintenance and operational costs of the anti-poaching technologies and equipment and to cover the additional human capital costs. The expenditure required just to support the Ranger Services department over the past 10 years has escalated by 364%.
One of the ways to raise additional funds is to implement an anti-poaching fee on top of the existing conservation fee to the users of our national parks with rhinos. Funds would then be ring fenced under a specific project code so that it can be applied specifically to anti-poaching initiatives. It is anticipated that this fee will be temporary and will be removed at the point that wildlife crime is under control.
SANParks realises the impact that this initiative could have on visitors. As such, we would appreciate your honest feedback which will enable the organisation to make an informed decision. The survey will take 5 minutes or less to complete.
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South African National Parks
Tel: (012) 426 5000