First it was lions, hyenas and African wild dogs taking over the golf course at Skukuza in Kruger National Park, and now penguins are wandering down the roads of Simonstown and lions blocking a road in Kruger. With humans staying away during lockdown, rangers and patrols across South Africa’s parks are seeing wild animals that feel a whole lot more at ease.
In a short video by the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, the three penguins were taking a stroll down the Simonstown street, having left their usual haunt at Boulders Beach. “#Lockdown perks for #Africanpenguins in Simon’s Town,” SANCCOB tweeted.
SANCCOB added: “This is one of the reasons why our Penguin Rangers have their hands full… but waddling down the street is enjoyable & safer for the birds these days, clearly!” The organisation also encouraged penguin fans to #AdoptAnEgg at https://bit.ly/3csbrtQ to help save this #endangeredspecies.
#Lockdown perks for #Africanpenguins in Simon’s Town while #penguinrangers keep a watchful eye. #endangeredspecies @CityofCT @TableMountainNP @CTEnviroEd #savesseabirds #marinewildlife #conservationpartners pic.twitter.com/37I4KNrLPq
— SANCCOB (@SANCCOB) April 17, 2020
In Kruger National Park, meanwhile, a large pride of lions, undisturbed by passing vehicles, blocked a road near Orpen Rest Camp for an afternoon nap. See the pictures below by ranger Richard Sowry.
Kruger visitors that tourists do not normally see. #SALockdown This lion pride are usually resident on Kempiana Contractual Park, an area Kruger tourists do not see. This afternoon they were lying on the tar road just outside of Orpen Rest Camp.
📸Section Ranger Richard Sowry pic.twitter.com/jFUBAWvmsA
— Kruger National Park (@SANParksKNP) April 15, 2020
Earlier this week, a video of lions, African wild dogs, hyena, impala, and numerous other animals wandering on the Skukuza golf course were videoed by superintendent Jean Rossouw.
Even as the sun rises, without all our human visitors, the urge to sing the 'lion sleeps tonight' is just a whim away, a whim away, a whim away!
📸 ©️ Jean Rossouw; Skukuza Golf Club , Kruger National Park@SANParks pic.twitter.com/M9XiagVqjX
— Kruger National Park (@SANParksKNP) April 13, 2020
In Table Mountain National Park, patrol teams have also been noticing animals closer to the roads, and have even seen the usually elusive caracal and klipspringer.
During lockdown, each patrol team has spotted caracal and klipspringer during day light hours out in the open.
— SANParks TMNP (@TableMountainNP) April 17, 2020