February Park News Highlights - brief

This Saturday passed saw a South African man attacked by an elephant on a farm in Southern Timbavati.Although reporters were unable to get any official comment from him, it has been confirmed that Piet Coetzer was admitted to hospital for treatment of a chest injury, broken ribs and a hole in his right leg, sustained during a confrontation with an elephant. The incident took place at around midnight on Saturday (February 19), as Coetzer tried to shoo the pachyderm away from a camp site. The animal became incensed after Coetzer walked after it and set upon him, before being chased off by farm owner, Servaas Nieuwenhout.Mbombela Medi Clinic staff have confirmed Coetzer is in a "satisfactory condition".Source: News 24.com (http://n24.cm/fZpEbr)

________________________________________________________________________________________________________Kruger National Park authorities will be taking up an online survey with the aim to find out exactly what park visitors and fans like most (and least) about visits to the park. The survey itself will apply to Kruger, as well as other participating SANParks, and will end in March of this year.“We want to be driven by what the Kruger visitor wants,” said SANParks tourism and marketing head Glen Phillips adding the online survey was partially driven by ugly incidents of racism and public drunkenness at the height of the last Christmas season.Source: The New Age (http://bit.ly/hgzljw)________________________________________________________________________________________________________SANParks responded to a story released earlier this month about a man who was attacked on his bicycle by an escaped leopard: "The South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to put it on record that the recent Leopard attack in North West did not happen in any of its parks. The attack happened outside a privately owned game farm near Britz not in Marakele National Park as it was reported in the media."You can read more about the attack itself here: http://bit.ly/dVfEMVSource: https://www.safari.com/blog

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