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Invasive species

Unread postby moobox » Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:52 pm

There is another thread about Mynahs and it's got people pretty worked up. Certainly I get wound up when they come around my place and they go for the hoopoe nestlings. But anyway, are there any other invasive species in SANParks? That is plant or animal. I believe that there used to be a hyacith problem at one time. I also know that there was a time that a certain beetle or something was being introduced as a natural enemy in other parts of the country. I know that there is fish issues in some parts of the country as well.

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Re: Invasive species

Unread postby Carol g » Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:21 pm

A few years ago when visiting Kruger we were on our way to shing and saw Sanparks workers chopping and removing plants and bushes next to the road and in the bush, we stopped and asked what they were doing and they said they were removing invasive plants. This was on the road between Mopani and Shing.
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Re: Invasive species

Unread postby saraf » Sun Feb 23, 2014 4:17 pm

There are some cactus like species in Addo I believe, DB might be able to tell you more as I think she did some clearing of them.

Orpen Dam in Kruger has an invasive species on the water. There's a notice about it and how they are tackling it. Which I think is more along the lines on containment rather than eradication.

And of course there is the hugely controversial removal of the eucalyptus forests in Table Mountain NP.
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Re: Invasive species

Unread postby lizef » Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:25 pm

This article might prove useful in providing some info regarding alien species management in South African National Parks:
I will try to source some additional info on the wonderful work done via the various projects in our Expanded Public Works Programme.

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