Cape Town - The debate around the use of wildlife apps in Kruger National park continues and rightly so.
Despite Kruger having various mechanisms in place to control and regulate visitors into the park, it seems increasingly obvious that stricter controls need to be put in place - as our daily doings during our visits appear to be disrupting our beloved wildlife.
One of the issues occurring due to the use of wildlife sighting apps is traffic congestion in the Kruger National Park. Vehicles are becoming a serious hindrance to wildlife and visitors are clearly not playing by the rules.
In a video published by Kruger Park on 28 July, a beautiful pride of lions is shaken up by a visitor's reckless driving as he comes way too close to the lions.
The Kruger states in their Rules and Park Regulations that "Driving or operating any vehicle in a reckless or negligent manner or in a deliberate disregard for the safety of a person, animal or property is a serious offence and can result in a summons being issued".
Further to negligent driving, "no part of your body may protrude from a window or sunroof and doors should remain closed at all times". This rule is also clearly ignored by visitors in this video.
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On Friday, 1 July, at 12:00, we will be hosting a live Twitter chat to discuss the pros and cons of technology in South Africa's national parks.
We've invited co-owner of Wildlife sightings app Tracking the Wild John White, Nadav Ossendryver, founder of Latest Sightings as well as a SANParks Representative to join in on the Twitter Chat.
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The following questions will be discussed during the Twitter chat and you can chat along using #ShockWildLifeTruths:
1. Have wildlife spotting apps affected your safari experience in a negative or a positive way, tell us about a specific experience?
2. Removing cellphone reception from the park has been suggested as a management measure, two-way radios will still be able to work - what's your view on this?
3. What additional guidelines can be put in place for the use of apps in the Park, if any, without taking away from the wildlife experience?
4. Do you think technology can be used to the benefit of conservation, if at all?
5. Share your favourite safari spot or tip with us.
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