SANParks celebrates conservation heroes

The SANParks Honorary Rangers wish to congratulate the following people and companies who have been
acknowledged by South African National Parks for their contribution to conservation. They received the
prestigious Kudu award during the 9th annual Kudu awards ceremony held in Pretoria on Friday evening.
Alyssa Carter received the merit award for this year’s Corporate Contribution to Conservation Award
(Individual). This was in recognition of her entrepreneurial spirit and acknowledging that the fight against
rhino poaching requires funding. Seven year old Alyssa is a SANParks Honorary Rangers Rhino Champion. She sells chocolates to help fund a sniffer dog for Kruger National Park gate security.

rangers1LEFT: Alyssa Carter, SANParks Honorary Rangers Rhino Champion, selling a rhino chocolate to SHR Deputy Chairperson Louis Lemmer.
Nampak won the Corporate Contribution to Conservation Award for their investment in developing patentbaboon-proof dustbins that separate recyclable and non-recyclable waste in the Kruger National Park. TheJohannesburg Region of the Honorary Rangers has been instrumental in establishing this project in KrugerNational Park.

 

Two Kudu awards have been awarded to SANParks Honorary Rangers groups for their contributions. The
Honorary Rangers region of the year award has been awarded to the Virtual region of the Honorary
Rangers for their efforts in nature conservation issues and contribution to SANParks through fundraising
and support of Environmental Education programmes. This region is active on the internet in promoting the
SANParks cause.
The second winner is the SANParks Honorary Rangers Conservation Services National Project and the
UNITRANS / Unite Against Poaching fundraising project, in support of SANParks anti-poaching operations.
The Unite Against Poaching effort has provided 6.5 million rand in support of counter poaching activities in
our national parks.
Congratulations to these and the other worthy recipients of the Kudu awards for 2013.
Dr David Mabunda SANParks CEO said that through these awards people are being honoured for their
meaningful contributions to the protection of the environment through various means which reflects
society’s admirable social responsibility. “This gives meaning to the vision of ‘SANParks Connecting to
Society’.”

Seven year old helps to save Rhinos in the Kruger Park

13 Jan 2014

SANParks Rhino Champion, Alyssa Carter is a normal seven year old and she is also last year’s winner of the Corporate Contribution to Conservation Award (Individual), SANParks Kudu awards. What sets Alyssa apart is she is doing what not many other seven year olds have the inclination to do – try and save a rhino.
Her idea came about after her school class learnt about endangered animals and her teacher explained how rhinos were being killed. Her emotional response was so strong that she immediately wanted to do something to help save the rhinos, her favourite animal.


With the help of her parents Alyssa started making and selling chocolates in May 2013. The chocolates, selling for R10 each, have a hand-drawn picture of a rhino created by Alyssa. The money she collects goes to support the SANParks Honorary Rangers in their fight to save the rhino.
To date Alyssa has raised over R17, 000 and her dream is to raise enough money to help buy a trained sniffer dog for the Kruger National Park, as well as the necessary supplies the dog will need. Although this generally costs R100 000 Alyssa is determined to raise the money as soon as possible so she can help the Kruger National Park buy a dog. She already has the name picked out.
“Her award is in recognition of her entrepreneurial spirit and acknowledging that the fight against rhino poaching requires funding. She has also been named a SANParks Rhino Champion, a first for someone so young,” says Janssen Davies, National Chairperson of the SANParks Honorary Rangers. “What she is doing is a triumph for her generation and we are proud to have her as a supporter.”
The SANParks Honorary Rangers are the South African National Parks preferred channel for counter poaching support in our National Parks. They work directly with the counter poaching teams in the parks to provide crucial training and equipment.
The battle to save the rhino can also be supported outside the reserves when the kingpins are brought to book. Those with information can make use of the Tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or 32211; contact Crime Line where they will remain anonymous or their nearest police station with information.
To help Alyssa in her cause, visit – www.sanparksvolunteers.org

Issued by:
Louis Lemmer
SANParks Honorary Rangers, National Executive Committee
Media Enquiries:
Trevor Kolk
Chairperson, National Communication Committee
SANParks Honorary Rangers
Telephone: 073 549 1575
trevor@honoraryrangers.org