SANParks: Respect our animals

2014-01-21 09:56

Lion shows tourists who's boss

2014-01-20 12:08

It seems as though tourists in the Kruger National Park are becoming increasingly casual about their interaction with wild animals. Watch as this lion takes a stand. WATCH

Cape Town - It's been less than a month since the controversial Kruger National Park killing of an elephant that charged and injured two tourist after they got too close for comfort - and yet another video has emerged of a similar situation with lions.

Two children can be seen hanging out of a car window, less than 3 metres away from two lions. The male lion eventually assumes an attack position and gives off a warning growl.

Watch the lion video here.

SANparks Acting Head of Communications, Reynold Thakhuli said, “Unfortunately if the lion had mauled the children we would have been faced with same situation of having to put the animal down.

“Once these wild animals have human contact and taste human blood we have to put them down.”

Thakhuli said it was disappointing that people chose to “take a grand stand approach to these incidents instead of reporting it to the authorities”.

“Visitors must respect the SANParks rules and respect our animals, which includes remaining in your car at all times and keeping a 50m distance between you and the animals,” Thakhuli said.

“I appeal to our visitors to report these incidents to us instead of posting it to social media.  

 “Upon entering the park people are given a pamphlet detailing the code of good game viewing. We rely on our visitors to familiarise themselves with these rules and to adhere to them.

“The scourge of rhino poaching has the park's limited resources stretched and we cannot police everybody that comes into the park."

South African law requires SANParks to submit a written statement of an eye-witness account along with video footage in order to prosecute individuals who break the rules.

Visitors who witness an incident are advised to report it to the nearest camp reception or to a park manager at the nearest Kruger entry point, along with the registration details of the car involved.

Incidents can also be reported to the park’s 24hr emergency call centre – 013 735 4325

 “We have taken action before to reported incidents with fines between R500 and R5 000 being issued. In some instances we have in fact banned people from coming to the park. But we need people to report the incidents before we can do something,” Thakhuli said

SANParks tweeted a photograph of their brochure to remind visitors of rules and regulations:

SANParks code of good game viewing:

- Visitors must remain in their vehicles unless in a designated area.

- Remember that no part of the body may protrude from a window or sunroof or any other part of the vehicle.

- Vehicle doors should be closed at all times.

- Keep at least 30 to 50m between you and the animals.

- allow ample space for you and other vehicles to make a quick exit if a situation does arise

- Stick to the speed limit! All general rules of the road apply within the Kruger National Park. The speed limit is 50 km/h on tar roads and 40 km/h on gravel roads.

- You are not allowed to drive “off-road” or on roads with a “no entry” sign.

- The feeding or disturbing of animals is a serious offense.  

 - A stringent noise restriction is enforced between 21:30 and 06:00. The use of cell phones is permitted only in camps, gates and in cases of emergency.

- The use of roller skates, skateboards, bicycles and motorbikes is prohibited.

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