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Wed Jun 01 09:31:16 CAT 2016

Kruger Park opening waterholes to save animals from drought

Hanti Grové-Schrader | 07 March, 2016 16:53
An elephant in the Kruger National Park.
Image by: Villiers Steyn / Gallo Images/GO!

The Kruger National Park is opening up waterholes in some dry riverbeds in a bid to save vulnerable animals from the drought that has affected parts of the world renowned tourist destination.

"Ephemeral rivers have been identified as ideal places where natural waterholes will be opened and will have less impact on our environment, unlike the drilling for artificial waterholes," conservation manager Dr Freek Venter said on Monday.

Ephemeral rivers flow for very short periods following heavy rainfall and are generally found in arid and semi-arid areas.

When they ran dry there was still a good amount of water under the surface, he said.

These natural waterholes would be monitored every month to ensure there was water for animals during the dry times, and to see if another hole should be opened.

Venter had undertaken a study of the Marula section, in the south of the park. He said the water situation in the south of the park was not yet at crisis levels.

A pool had been opened in the Nwaswitsontso River and much water was still available.

Source: News24

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