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Post by Toko » Mon Feb 08, 2016 3:49 pm

https://www.sanparks.org/about/news/?id=56583

Richtersveld under new management

Date: 2016-02-05


There is a new face that will be greeting you the next time you visit the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. In December 2015 a new manager took over the driver seat from Nick de Goede after the latter was transferred to Camdeboo National Park in the Graaff-Reinett area.

Nick's successor is Brent Whittington from the Garden Route National Park. Brent is a pure Englishman, which is a little strange for this predominantly Afrikaans community. Nevertheless, his appointment was driven and fully supported by the Richtersveld Community Management Committee (RCMC). Brent, his wife, Madel, and their two children have already settled in well and the family is absolutely in love with the pristine beauty of the Richtersveld which they now call home.

Brent says with the help of the ARTP team he will continue to support and help improve events like the Desert Knights, Wild Run and the Desert Kayak Trail which takes place annually in the park. He believes the Richtersveld has unlimited potential and would like to expand the mountain bike routes and hiking trails to world class quality, as adventure sport is the biggest attraction to this desolated area. “Nick and his team have done an excellent job and I will continue to build on the solid foundation of partnerships with internal and external stakeholders and thus lead the Richtersveld to a new chapter in its history,” he said.

The Arid Regional Management Team is very excited to welcome Brent in our midst. His expertise and enthusiasm will be well utilised in this formidable team.

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Enquiries:
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Communications Manager: SANParks Arid Region
Email: nadia.lemmetuis@sanparks.org
Cell: 073 546 6321; Tel: 054 338 0600

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Post by Klipspringer » Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:41 pm

Safari News - Elephant Edition 2020
Published on Mar 19, 2020

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Post by Lisbeth » Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:20 am

It started years ago, but seems that there is no way to save them :-( :-(
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Post by Klipspringer » Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:50 pm

And on this same forum is proof.

Here some quiver tree monitoring
Toko wrote:
Sun May 27, 2012 11:33 am
Quiver Tree in the Springbokvlakte dying

Aloe dichotoma is threatened by the effects of climate change. Image Researchers in South Africa have shown that its distribution has shrunk during the last century and it has not yet been found in areas expected to become suitable with the changing climate.Image They are dying en masse due to unusually severe droughts caused by climate change. Image
Listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, the quiver tree and other desert species may already be close to their limits of tolerance of global warming.Image


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September 2008

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September 2011

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http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/speci ... change.pdf

Weather station records from across the Quiver Tree’s range show that average temperatures in the region have increased over past decades. Regional climate predictions suggest accelerating temperature increases and rainfall decreases in the near future. Because they live so long (approximately 350 years) and continue to grow larger throughout their lives, Quiver Trees provide an invaluable living record of past climatic events. By examining the sizes of trees in a Quiver Tree population, it is possible to estimate when the infrequent wet periods suitable for seedling survival occurred. In addition, because the decay of dead trees happens slowly in the hot, dry desert conditions, the number of tree deaths can be reasonably accurately recorded. This makes Quiver Trees ideal for examining the ongoing impacts of climate change.
Distribution range shift:
By 2001, large die-offs of Quiver Trees were occurring, generating concern amongst the people of Namibia and South Africa. Scientists found that most of these die-offs were occurring in the hotter equator-ward areas of the Quiver Tree’s range, and that these were most likely to be caused by drought stress. In contrast, populations on the pole-ward range areas and at the tops of high mountains were growing and reproducing.
Species are known to respond to climatic warming by shifting their ranges closer to higher latitudes and higher altitudes, where conditions are typically cooler and moister. For mobile species, this is apparent as individuals migrate away, but for plants and other immobile organisms, individuals that are ‘left behind’ by their shifting ranges are unlikely to reproduce successfully and eventually die.

Does anyone care? Image Image Image

And this is the same Quiver Tree - dead :-( July 2018
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Post by Lisbeth » Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:08 pm

It is devastating :-( :-(
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Post by Alf » Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:09 pm

So sad
Next trip to the bush??

Let me think......................

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Post by Richprins » Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:34 pm

:no: :no: :no:
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Post by Richprins » Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:09 am

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Hauntingly beautiful and seared by a blistering sun, the lava mountains and sandy plains form southern Africa’s largest Mountain Desert Park, |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park: https://bit.ly/2Kf6dpw #LiveYourWild



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Locals believe that God pressed a hand down on this rock face in the Richtersveld, leaving his handprint on the mountains. Head 14km down the road from Sendelingsdrift and you will find this sighting right next to the road: http://bit.ly/2KXr189 #LiveYourWild
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You will be captivated by the starry canvas which emerges as soon as the sun sets over the mountains. The arid landscape and tranquil atmosphere sets the scene for the perfect stargazing experience: http://bit.ly/2KXr189 #LiveYourWild

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