Lions and African Wild dogs visit Kruger National Park Golf course

Lions and Wild Dogs visit South Africa golf course

A pride of lions and a pack of rare African Wild dogs took a day trip to a luxury golf course in South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park.

The visit was caught on camera by Skukuza Golf Club green keeper, Jean Rossouw while doing his daily maintenance rounds. On Friday, 10 April, SA National Parks posted a tweet, attributed to Roussow, where they show pictures and a video clip of about 10 wild dogs strolling on the green. By Monday, April 13, Rossouw posted another video clip a pride of lions who also decided to pop in for a visit.   

Caption: Lions and Wild Dogs were among some of the visitors at the Kruger National Park Golf Course.

Credit: Jean Rossouw Copyright sign Kruger National Park

The golf club, which is closed due to the state-wide Lockdown, is situated in the Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, and not fenced-in.

In Rossouw tweet on Friday, he showed the rare dogs “chilling” on the green.

“The past few weeks have been hard work, doing maintenance work on the infrastructure of the golf course, and keeping it green and healthy while all my colleagues are under lockdown with their families. 

This lockdown is for our own good, to break the cycle of COVID-19 viral transmission. I have been watering the golf course manually, mowing the greens and tee boxes a few times a week just to keep the grass from getting too thick.”

By Monday, the Kruger National Park had tweeted another video clip of a pride of lions moving onto the course.

The video was also attributed to Roussouw: “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!”

Caption: Lions and Wild Dogs were among some of the visitors at the Kruger National Park Golf Course.

Credit: Jean Rossouw Copyright sign Kruger National Park

The golf course is no stranger to wild animals, in 2019 a pride of lions made the same trip to the green and sat under a tree while watching over the green.

 It remains unknown if this is the same pride of lions returning for another day trip.

The African wild dog, also known as the literally means painted wolf or African painted dog, is considered a critically endangered species.

According to the African Wildlife Foundation, this species has been endangered for over 20 years with only about 6,600 of these dogs remaining in the wild.

In his original tweet, Rossouw said: “While working and doing my day to day duties, I have been fortunate to come across some truly breathtaking animal sightings.

I have witnessed lions, herds of zebras (usually too shy to come to the course to drink), rare antelopes and even the odd wild dog pack visiting the course.

In this National lockdown period, SANParks remains closed to all visitors, and staff living in the Parks are following strict lockdown guidelines.

We are also ensuring that only essential duties are taking place in our national parks, to ensure that these wild places we all treasure are protected and maintained, so that visitors can return soon to see first-hand some of these spectacular animal sightings.”

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