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Sat May 28, 2016 11:44 am

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Sat May 28, 2016 11:49 am

Hmmmm .... maybe the python was looking for a mate O**

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Sat May 28, 2016 5:46 pm

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Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:46 am

http://lowvelder.co.za/347589/grabbing- ... gers-life/

Grabbing the bull by the horns saved legendary ranger’s life
Everyone agrees that Don English, legendary ranger of the KNP, deserves every accolade given to him. And now, after holding a buffalo down until it succumbed, all his fans are sure “it takes more than a big buff to take oom Don down.”
22 hours ago

Elize Parker

SKUKUZA – Well-known KNP-ranger, Mr Don English, held onto the horns of a buffalo which attacked him on July 26. This is what might have saved his life.

English was seriously injured during the cut-back exercise in the Kruger National Park’s (KNP) Pretoriuskop vicinity close to Napi Rock. The buffalo head-butted him and tossed him into the air a number of times.

A source close to English told Lowvelder that he eventually grabbed hold of the buffalo’s horns and hung onto them until the animal finally succumbed.

English, who has been a ranger for 30 years, and is considered a legend by Kruger peers and visitors, was part of a team conducting a cut-back exercise on buffaloes and obtaining tissue for TB tests.

Mr Ray Thakhuli, general manager of media and public relations at SANParks, recently confirmed to Lowvelder that
200 buffaloes, out of a population of 47 000, would be culled.

English was the leader of the team on the ground. Three buffaloes were darted from a helicopter to allow the ground team to approach them to harvest tissue for TB testing. TB in buffaloes is an extensive problem in the KNP as it threatens lions as well.
Don English Photo: Debbie English

Don English Photo: Debbie English

English approached a large buffalo bull which was lying down. When he was a few metres away, the animal got up and stormed him. The charge ended in a potentially fatal head-butt (male buffaloes weigh up to 900 kilograms). The animal threw him into the air a number of times.

Buffaloes are aggressive and unpredictable. Through the years and his extensive field work English built up a wealth of knowledge about buffaloes. His colleagues claimed is was this knowledge that sparked his instinct to hold on and wait for the animal to succumb.

Grabbing the bull by the horns might have saved him his life.

A medical doctor attended to English immediately and he was airlifted to Mediclinic Nelspruit where he was treated for three broken ribs and several bruises. He is still in ICU .

Ms Robyn Baard, spokesman for the hospital, said his condition was stable and that he was “fairly upbeat”.

English’s daughter, Ms Debbie English, a veterinary student, posted the following message on Facebook: “Life can change in an instant and a person must be so grateful for what one has! We are so fortunate that dad is alright! You are a hero and a legend in KNP and to so many friends and family and I guess you’re much tougher than a dugga boy (a colloquial reference to a lone buffalo or one in a small bachelor herd)”.

SANParks confirmed that, following the incident, the three buffaloes were euthanised as planned.

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Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:32 pm

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2454761977/?fref=nf

KNP Elephant trampled a local resident.
Kruger National Park (KNP) rangers discovered a lifeless human body, of a local resident from Mabilingwe, a village south of Punda Maria Gate on Saturday, 13 August 2016 at around 13:30.
The body was discovered after Rangers on patrol saw a man walking along the park’s boundary and upon being questioned; the man indicated he was looking for an old man who disappeared from the village a day before. Rangers immediately went on a search and eventually found the body, with signs that it was trampled by an elephant. The case was referred to the Police for further investigation.
“On behalf of South African National Parks (SANParks) Management and Staff, we wish to express our sincere condolences to the family for the loss of their loved one. Lives have been unnecessarily lost to wild animals in the Park due to people not taking the necessary precautions. We would like to urge families from the local communities to look after their loved ones; in particular the senior citizens or the mentally distressed as it is possible for them to wander and disappear into the Park which is dangerous, said the Acting Head of Communications, Mr William Mabasa.
……Ends
Issued by
South African National Parks: Communications & Marketing Department – Kruger National Park.
Media enquiries either:
William Mabasa, Acting Head of Communications – SANParks, Contact: Tel: 013 735 4363/012 426 5170, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: william.mabasa@sanparks.org
or
Reynold Thakhuli. Tel: 012 426 5303, Cell 073 373 4999 or email: reynold.thakhuli@sanparks.org

Re: Dangerous Animal Incidents

Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:36 am

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SANParks issues safety alert after Kruger elephant tramples local to death

Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:44 am

SANParks issues safety alert after Kruger elephant tramples local to death

Kruger National Park (KNP) rangers have confirmed that a missing local resident from the Punda Maria Gate has been trampled by an elephant.

SANParks issued a statement confirming that the lifeless body, of a local resident from Mabilingwe, a village south of Punda Maria Gate was found on Saturday, 13 August 2016 at around 13:30.

The body was discovered after angers on patrol saw a man walking along the park’s boundary and upon being questioned; the man indicated he was looking for an old man who disappeared from the village a day before.

Rangers immediately went on a search and eventually found the body, with signs that it was trampled by an elephant.

SANParks says the case has been referred to the Police for further investigation.

“On behalf of South African National Parks (SANParks) Management and Staff, we wish to express our sincere condolences to the family for the loss of their loved one. Lives have been unnecessarily lost to wild animals in the Park due to people not taking the necessary precautions."

Mabasa said he would like to urge families from the local communities to look after their loved ones; in particular the senior citizens or the mentally distressed as it is possible for them to wander and disappear into the Park, which is dangerous.

SANParks recently joined the world in celebrating World Elephant Day on 12 August, highlighting the threat of poaching to the gentle giants. Added to this Travellers are being advised to adhere to the parks' rules and regulations when interaction with wildlife within their own habitat.

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Fri Aug 19, 2016 3:16 pm

http://traveller24.news24.com/Explore/Green/is-canned-lion-huntings-latest-victim-this-young-boy-20160819

Is canned lion hunting's latest victim this young boy?

2016-08-19 07:41 - Selene Brophy

Cape Town – A 12-year-old boy who has died from injuries after being mauled at an establishment purporting to be a lion sanctuary is raising all manner of questions around canned lion hunting.

News24 reports the boy died after being mauled by lions in a cage at the Otavi Lion Park near Parys on Thursday morning.
Otavi manager Ina Human told News24 an employee had stolen the set of keys for the cage and had entered the enclosure together with the boy, who is the nephew of another staff member. The attack took place shortly after 09:00.

"We have no idea why he would have gone in there. When the attack happened, the worker fled, and left the boy behind."
The child was retrieved and rushed to hospital. He died before they arrived.

Four Paws has issued a statement questioning whether Otavi is actually a not-for-profit sanctuary as proclaimed on their Facebook page, stating “a sanctuary is defined as a facility that does not breed, trade or hunt wild animals. Yet posts to social media show that ‘Otavi openly offers captive bred lions for sale online’.

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Fri Aug 19, 2016 5:02 pm

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Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:34 pm

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