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KNP still demolishing redundant dams

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Kruger National Park (KNP) will continue with the demolition of artificial dams in Shingwedzi and Sirheni, starting on the 18th to the 28th of June 2019. This process has been going on over the years to allow a free flow of fish species in the river.

KNP has seven rivers that support a rich aquatic life. Over 40 fish species, including two of the rarest species in the world – the lungfish and the mosquito-eating killifish and the artificial redundant dams become a hindrance to their migration and livelihood. The dominant fish species is the common barbel that prefers the slower-moving parts of the river. Mudfish, yellowfish and tiger fish are also found in the rivers of the KNP.

KNP is the first Park in Africa to demolish dams for ecological purposes. This will also improve river connectivity and natural hydrology in the Park, as well as remove barriers within the river system.

The process will affect some tourist routes in the Shingwedzi and Sirheni area as they will be closed off completely for the next two weeks. The dams to be demolished are Louis se Gat and Kanniedood Dams. SANParks advice tourists in the mentioned areas to respect the no-entry zones and take seriously the necessary instructions.

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