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Notice: Please note that Johannesburg Zoo will be closed on the 3rd September 2017 due to the Jazz on the Lake Festival at Zoo Lake.

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We are excited to announce that Spruit Day 2017 will be taking place on Saturday, 16 September 2017. Your Resident Association is invited to be a part of this fantastic initiative for its 4th consecutive year..

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo celebrated National Science Week (NSW) from the 7th August to the 10th August. NSW is an annual celebration of science, engineering and technology, attracting thousands of learners and member of the public to workshops, science shows and lectures, which are held at universities, schools, science centres and public facilities countrywide.

The 2017 theme is “Advancing Science Tourism” in recognition of the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

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The Johannesburg Zoo promoted science tourism amongst grade 8 and 9 learners. Learners took part in a behind the scenes tour to learn about different environmental careers.

Learners met the anaconda snake, walked through the aquarium and

spotted the gila monster when they visited the temple of ancients.

The learner’s passion for animal care was ignited when they visited the tiger night rooms with the carnivore curator.

Learners found out, what was cooking in the zoo kitchen when they meet the animal nutritionist. Other career options include a zoologist, zoo keeper, horticulturist and the curators of different sections.

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Manager for Animal Welfare at the Johannesburg Zoo, Piet Malepa encouraged learners to come up with new ideas and innovation so that they can contribute to the economy through science and tourism.

Conservationist Jonathan Leeming says science is important as it affects us in everyday life. “The biggest threat to our existence is thinking that someone else is going to make a change. If you think science is for someone else then you have it absolutely totally wrong. Science is for everyone!” says Leeming.

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1200 Residents of Pennyville Park gathered on the 8th August 2017 to highlight Science Tourism. The community engaged in exciting activities with various exhibitors from local government, national government and non-governmental organisations and businesses. One activity entitled “Clocks of the World” explained time difference in different countries and the science behind that. Community members made their own soap and tea using ind igenous plants and built bridges to measure weight distribution. This day has meant so much to the community with some pursuing careers in science tourism as a positive result.

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On the 10th of August 300 foundation phase learners visited the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens Environmental Education Centre. Learners engaged in a magical science show by Scientist Barry Myers, they learnt how to create a lava lamp from recycled bottles and other household items. Learners discovered the fun and exciting side of science through making a solar robot, using indigenous plants to make soap and an introduction to space science saw them making space rockets and satellites from recycled materials.

Science tourism was enhanced with a tour of the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens.

“Science is magic that works.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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Black rhinos a critically endangered, however they have doubled in numbers over the past two decades from low point of 2480 individuals.

Black rhinos aka the hook-lipped rhino tend to be solitary in the wild. They are also known to shyer and more aggressive of the two African species.

The black rhino have two horns, which grow continually from the skin at their base throughout their life (like human finger nails). Male black rhinos tend to have thicker horns and females often have longer and thinner horns.

Black rhinos are smaller than white rhinos and have less of a pronounced hump on the back of their necks. They have a smaller head too. They are browsers so eat from higher bushes or trees requiring less muscle strength around their necks than white rhinos.

Poachers remain the biggest threat to the black rhino.

Black rhino numbers are slowly recovering and currently there are approximately between 5040 and 5458 animals (according to figures published by IUCN in 2016).

Adopt our Black Rhino and secure its future.

 

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Every year the Johannesburg Zoo visitor numbers increased to such an extent that parking became an urgency to alleviate the impact on residents as well as to ensure safety for zoo visitors. The Johannesburg Zoo’s R45 million parking building is expected to provide easier access for visitors coming by car to the zoo.

The Zoo three storey parkade was designed to accommodate 710 cars and 15 buses. Special needs, parents with prams and wheelchair parking is available on the ground floor.

City of Joburg supplied the funding for the parkade in 2014 to the value of R45 million. The project started in 2014 and completed in 2017.

Visitors will be relieved from illegal car guards. Spill over parking on very busy days will still be able to utilise the Distong Museum of Military history parking as well as other parking areas on Erlswold Way and Jan Smuts.

The intention is to grow visitor numbers to 800 000 per annum.

Visitors can use the new parking starting from Wednesday 26 July 2017 till Monday 1 August 2017. The parkade will be closed on 2 August 2017 for the official launch but will be opened again at 14:00 for FREE parking.

Parking fees:
Buses R25
Cars R15

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You are cordially invited to attend the 6th JCPZ Public Dialogue that will address the topic of “The Role of Sport and Physical Activity in Improving the Quality, Inclusiveness and Safety of Public Spaces” taking place on Thursday, 27 July 2017 at the Joburg Theatre Fringe Room. The main objective of the event is to discuss how best to activate residents and community members to make use of public spaces for health and recreation and how to jointly manage parks in order to achieve and maintain safety, accessibility and inclusiveness for their users.

The Public Dialogues are a set of workshops organized by JCPZ and open to the general public. The objective of holding the workshops is to create a learning and knowledge exchange platform between state and non-state actors including civil society organizations, the private sector, academia and the public. More importantly, the dialogues are aimed at creating a broader understanding of opportunities and challenges related to planning, design, use, management, monitoring and safety of public open spaces in Johannesburg.

Click here to download the concept document and programme.

Date: Thursday, 27 July 2017

Time: 09h00 – 13h30

Venue: Fringe room, Joburg theatre (163 Civic Boulevard, opposite the Metro centre offices (Civic Boulevard was previously known as Loveday Street)

RSVP: Email Ayanda Roji at aroji@jhbcityparks by 25 July 2017

GPS co-ordinates
S 26*11’30.20061
E 28*02’16.87350

Johannesburg Zoo’s advertisements win awards in Cannes, France!

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo recently received international recognition for its outdoor advertisements by winning two bronze Cannes Lions Awards!

And yes, Cannes refers to THE Cannes in France where the awards are made annually as part of the International Festival of Creativity. This festival honours the best creative work of the year across the spectrum of branded communication in the world.

Companies all over the globe enter their best advertisements in the hope that it will receive one of the sought after and very prestigious “Lions” Awards – and the Zoo walked off with not one, but TWO, bronze awards!

The winning advertisements were part of the Zoo’s series of advertisements entitled “Frog, Snake, Bat and Bird”. The first bronze award was made in the Outdoor – Billboard and Street Posters-category and the second award in the Outdoor (Public Sector Campaign)-category. Please scroll down to view the advertisements!

This is a remarkable achievement proving that JCPZ – and South Africa – is on the right track and can compete with international companies and agencies in the advertising and creativity field.

All honour and congratulations go to the advertising agency that worked on this project, Y & R, and JCPZ’s Marketing and Communications Department!

 

Proudly JCPZ!

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Joburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) is excited to announce that the 4-Star Grading of AngloGold Ashanti Conference Centre has been confirmed!

The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) evaluates facilities annually – upon request from the owner – to confirm the grading. Following their evaluation, TGCSA may confirm, upgrade or downgrade the facility.

JCPZ is proud of it’s 4-star facility in the Zoo which can accommodate and impress even the most fussy delegation!

Congratulations to Leesel van Louw, venue booking officer, and her team for their effort and hard work to retain the 4-star grading! 

Mandela

No matter how small your action, Mandela Day is about changing the world for the better, just as Nelson Mandela did every day.

What are you doing to make the world a better place?

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) celebrates International Nelson Mandela Day 18 July every year since inception and this year we are taking action against poverty by providing services and time to much needed areas in all regions.

Mandela Day Activities:

Region A – planting 80 indigenous trees at Barbeque Downs in Midrand

Region B – beautifying the grounds at Helen Joseph Hospital, in partnership with Soccer Legends. Establishing a memorial garden, installing paving, benches, bins and painting the railings.

The Johannesburg Zoo – 300 children from Cotlands and 80 caregivers will be doing a clean-up at the zoo, a talent contest and educational awareness.

COAPE SA plans to create animal enrichment toys and props with Volunteers.

Region C – Development of a vegetable garden, distribution of fruit trees and painting at Naledi Old Age Home in Braamfischerville

Region D – (17 July 2017) Announcement of the declaration of Nelson Mandela Champion Tree, the one he planted at Thokoza Park on his 90th birthday. The park has been declared a heritage resource. Commemorating the day with the Nelson Mandela Foundation at Thokoza Park Soweto.

In partnership with CRUM, JRA, Environmental Health, JCPZ will be refurbishing a food garden, doing tree pruning, painting classrooms and installing a wheelchair ramp at Adelaide Tambo Primary School.

Region E – Harvest for Madiba, distribution of fresh veggies produced at Huddle Park Nursery to old age home.

Region F – In partnership with Radio 2000, we will be feeding the homeless and distributing blankets at Joubert Park.

Building a small park in partnership with JRA and Pikitup. Four pieces of play equipment, trees and park benches will be installed at Vrede and Rus Street Vrededorp.

General clean up with JCPZ and community at Rhodes Park.

Region G – Joint clean up with CRUM. Civic Engineering has sponsored the activities at Ikhaya Lethemba Home for the Aged in Orange Farm. The activities include: fixing a leaking roof, installing a ceiling, removing existing paint inside and outside the building, tiling, installing four new toilets, installing two showers, fixing and replacing ten doors, fix the electrical reticulation, fix plumbing, add ten new beds, chest of draws and chairs, fix or replace the stove, buy a washing machine and install kitchen furniture. JCPZ will revive the existing food garden, plant fruit and ornamental trees. The team will also prune trees, paint the building outside and installing park benches.

Cemeteries and Crematoria – will be cleaning up Avalon Cemetery heritage sites.

Head Office staff – knitting scarves that will be distributed to Ikhaya Lethemba Home for the Aged in Orange Farm.

If you would like to get involved or for more information please contact us 011 712 6600 or email jcp@jhbcityparks.com

As the world reflects on Nelson Mandela’s legacy, we give thanks for his life, his leadership and his devotion to humanity and to humanitarian causes.

Positive change was the gift left to all of us by Nelson Mandela but it can only become a living legacy if we take up his challenge and make Everyday a Mandela Day.

#JoburgMandelaDay #MandelaDay #ActionAgainstPoverty

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COAPE SA have partnered with Joburg Zoo in South Africa to implement an enrichment programme for all the animals and bird in their care. COAPE SA offer courses on animal behaviour and training. COAPE SA and Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo have signed a five year partnership to assist, create and implement enrichment activities for the animals at the zoo. During this five year partnership the aim is to create stunning engaging and stimulating exhibits for all animals.

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Karin Pienaar from COAPE SA has started working with Mokoko the gorilla and his keepers Katherine and Sharon, training him by using a clicker as a form of enrichment. “He is responding really well and enjoys his training sessions tremendously” says Karin. The team will also use clicker training to teach him to cooperate during medical examinations, to eliminate any stress that could occur during the process.

More about the project watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1NMmfEW1DA

Working with communities to provide a new, safe inner city park
 
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The recently refurbished Ekhaya Park in Hillbrow was unveiled by the Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Community Development in the City of Joburg (CoJ), Cllr Nonhlanla Sifumba on Wednesday, 7 June as part of the city’s World Environment Week celebrations.
 
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The R1.4million refurbishment included the installation of a full size, synthetic soccer field; a new ablution block; park furniture embedded with a chess board and table tennis; themed playgrounds for toddlers; landscaped lawns and murals.  The local subcontractors involved in both projects created jobs for 6-months, with a total number of 13 SMME’s, 16 EPWP and 12 beneficiaries being empowered from the local community during construction the process.  
 
The fully enclosed newly developed park is a welcome sight, for residents living in the towering high-rise apartments adjacent to the new park.
 
The luxury of sprawling open spaces to enable communities to connect with nature, and to bring residents together, are non-existent due to low-cost inner city densification in Hillbrow and its surrounding areas. It is therefore critical that the spread of urban degeneration is averted in the parks in the inner city.
 
Developing safe parks is also a complex issue that must be thought through from the design phase, together with community involvement; supporting maintenance programmes and regular recreation activities.
 
“Park safety is of paramount importance for City Parks and the Zoo, who are responsible for the maintenance of the facility, however it requires the need for communities to become closely involved in the parks’ everyday use and protection, to ensure that these spaces are sustained,” stated Sifumba.
 
Sifumba commended the Ekhaya Neighbourhood Improvement District for establishing a forum with business, Bad Boyz Security, local schools, SAPS, JCPZ and the community to reclaim the park, which was beset with problems of grime, petty crime, vandalism and substance abusers, and acknowledged their outstanding contribution by presenting the forum with an award for exceptional service to the community. 
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Hollard sponsors Baobabs for Ring Tail Lemurs at the Zoo

Hollard’s Corporate Social Investment has kindly paid for two large Baobab-shaped tree structures installed at the Madagascar section of the Johannesburg Zoo, where Hollard Volunteers also helped to clear the enclosure. The Ring-Tailed Lemurs are the lucky recipients of this innovative climbing structure that combines lemur welfare and conservation with play

The ring-tailed Lemur is the most iconic lemur species of Madagascar. They are easily identified by their distinctive black and white striped tail which gives them their name. In the wild, lemurs would be found in the mid canopy of the trees. To allow them to mimic this natural behaviour, their enclosure is designed with large Baobab structures with ropes connected to different areas. The lemurs use these ropes and branches to move around their enclosure, promoting exercise and demonstrating their natural climbing and jumping abilities when doing so.

Katherine Visser, the Primate Curator at the Johannesburg Zoo, expressed her appreciation to Hollard and the contractor that built the Baobab structures.

Hollard sponsors Baobabs for Ring Tail Lemurs at the Zoo

 

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Cross over rivers and crawl under roads through tunnels and experience Joburg’s popular adventure run. From the creators of the Hollard JUMA, BAM events and experience creators, in partnership with JHB City Parks and Zoo, brings you the all new adventure packed Hollard JURA (Jozi Urban Run Adventure).

The run will start and end at Marks Park. Runners will make their way towards conquering various obstacles such 50m bum slide, hay bale hell, mielie sack jumping, crawling under roads through tunnels, running across the Emmarentia Dam and much more. Urban is the new trail!

Date:  Saturday 27 May 2017 |  Venue: Marks Park, Emmarentia

Race Start Times: Entry Fees:
18KM Adventure: First batch off at 7am R330 ex Vat
12KM Adventure: Batch times will be sent via SMS/Email R299 ex Vat
6KM Fun Run: Batch times will be sent via SMS/Email R249 ex Vat

Please Note: Seeding of each race will be sent by Jumpertrax before race day.

For all race related enquiries please email info@jumpertrax.com

 

Hollard JURA Registration

THE PAVILLION MARKS PARK

  • Address: Judith Rd, Emmarentia Randburg
  • Wed 24TH May 10 am – 6 pm
  • Thurs 25TH May 10 am – 6 pm
  • Fri 26 May 10 am – 8 pm
  • Late Hollard JURA registrations on race day 27th May  6 am-10 am on the start field

Think you can conquer the 6 km fun run or take on the 12 km adventure, or maybe the 18 km adventure is more your cup of concrete then you definitely need to enter the Hollard JURA. You can challenge your friends and family or why not do it as a team building exercise with your fellow colleagues.

http://www.joziadventure.co.za 

Calling on Residents to maintain their private spaces 

The City of Johannesburg is calling on residents to maintain their private spaces, failing which the city will undertake this service and escalate this to the rates account of the defaulting landowner.

An authorised official may declare a problem property with one or more circumstances exist at the property:

  • Have been abandoned by the registered owner or responsible person
  • Rates and Taxes have not been paid for any three months during any period of 12 months.
  • Water and electricity have not been paid for three months during any 12 month period.
  • Does not comply with existing legislation and / or is not maintained in accordance with health, fire safety and town planning and building control bylaws.
  • Has no limited use of lifts in the building on the property
  • Is overcrowded as envisaged in any law, By-law, town planning scheme in operation or any other relevant legislation
  • Is unhealthy, unsanitary, unsightly or objectionable
  • Has overloaded or illegally connected electricity supply
  • Has no electricity supply
  • Has no water supply
  • Has illegal connections to sewer mains
  • Has overflown or blocked sewer drains
  • Is subject to complaints of criminal activities, including but not limited to drug dealings, prostitution, money laundering.
  • Occupied illegally
  • An injurious condition exists
  • Where refuse, waste material, rubble, scrap or any similar material is accumulated, dumped, stored or deposited, unless so stored in terms of valid approval by the local authority
  • Is partially completed
  • Is structurally unsound
  • Is a threat or danger to the safety of the occupiers, registered owners, responsible person or the public in general

The authorised official shall serve a written notice on the responsible person that the property has been declared a problem property requiring such responsible person within a specified period to comply with the provisions of these By-laws and any other relevant legislation or By-laws and the responsible person shall forthwith comply with the notice. If the authorised official has reason to believe that the condition of any building or property is such that steps should immediately be taken to protect the safety and health of persons or property, he or she may take steps as may be necessary in the circumstances to alleviate that condition, without serving or delivering such notice on or to the responsible person and may recover the cost of such steps from the responsible person.

Any person who contravenes any provision or fails to comply with any notice issued in terms of these By-laws commits an offence and may, in the sole discretion of the local authority be fined on the spot to the extent as stipulated by the local authority. Any person who contravenes any provision or fails to comply with any notice issued in terms of these By-laws, commits an offence and shall be liable for criminal prosecution.

Any person may by means of a written application, in which the reasons are given in full, apply to the local authority for exemption from any provision of this By-law.

 

Take a glimpse into the world of fauna from the Amazon Basin when visiting Joburg Zoo’s Animal of the Amazon Exhibit. The building design is based on the historic Mayan temples of Central America, and consists of 2 floors of exhibit, with the 3rd level being an observation deck.The exhibit houses an impressive collection of animals from Central and South America, ranging from large predators to small animals, consisting of: reptiles, arachnids, amphibians, fishes and mammals.  At least 2 of the “terrifying creatures of the Amazon river”, Arapima and pacu is amongst the collection. The exhibit has a walk-through tunnel, housing fresh water fish and it brings the exciting biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest to many South Africans who would never be able to visit such natural habitats. The exhibit also highlights the beauty of each of the species found within that habitat, their needs and to create awareness of habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity.

Reptiles

A huge diversity of reptiles can be found in the Amazon Rainforest, most are primarily carnivores whilst others are herbivores .The zoo’s collection consists of the following species of snakes 4 Boa species, Boa Constrictor, Amazon tree boa, Brazilian Rainbow Boa, Columbia Rainbow Boa, Red tailed boa and Yellow anaconda . Boa are the most famous snakes in the world,  with Anacondas being one of the most dangerous, the largest and heaviest snake in the world, weighing up to 95 kg and 5-7 m long. Other snakes such as Milk Honduran, Snake False water Cobra can also be found in the Exhibit.

Lizards

At least 2 lizard species are amongst the Zoo’s collection one of them being the Gila Monster Green, which is one of the largest and venomous lizards in the US and Iguanas.

Frogs

Wildly coloured and toxic are poison dart frogs; their poison can easily paralyse any animal.  Their bright colours serve to warn predators to stay safely away. Golden Poison Dart Frog, Yellow banded dart frog, Dyeing Dart Frog, Amazon poison dart frog, Black and Green Dart Frog, Blue Dart Frog, Dart Strawberry are amongst the few frogs that can be found in the exhibit.

Fish

Myriad fresh water fish species ranging from the largest Arapaima, which is approximately 450 centimeters long and weighs about 200 kg are housed in the exhibit. Also Pacu, an omnivore related to the famous Piranha and has human-like teeth, known from fishing story joke as “testicle-eating” fish is amongst the collection. Freshwater stingray, Red tailed Catfish Piraiba Catfish - known to be the largest catfish of the Amazon river, Red Hump Earth Eater, Jack Demsey, Oscar Chichild - very aggressive fish which will actively defend its territory, Bronze Corydoras - have a mild poison which causes fish which try to attack them to get stung, Altum Angel - considered the most peaceful of all angelfish species, Discus- derives its name from its body shape, which is round and compressed like a disc and Amazon Leaf Fish- the fish is camouflaged to mimic a dead leaf, both in body shape and pattern. It can change colour to match its surroundings and has a projection from its bottom lip that resembles a leaf stalk.

Spider species

Very interesting species of spiders are housed in the exhibit including one of the largest spiders, often cited as 2nd or 3rd in the world, Bird eater. Various species of tarantula such as Curly hair tarantula, Mexican Red Knee and Green Bottle Blue - one of the most colourful tarantulas in the world are amongst the collection. Bright blue legs, metallic blue green carapace and orange abdominal hair, Chilean Common Tarantula, Mexican Flame Knee tarantula, white striped bird eater and Costa Rican tiger rump

Mammal Species

2 mammal species, Selba Short-tailed bat and Emperor Tamarin are housed in the exhibit

 

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Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) in partnership with the Development Bank of SA (DBSA) have commenced the rollout of CCTV technology in parks. 

The City of Johannesburg’s Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba..

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, the custodian of the City’s parks, street trees, conservation areas and cemeteries is appealing for patience from residents as it resolves its seasonal backlogs.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo invited 1000 school learners to the zoo to learn more about our meat eaters. 

Join our mountain bike skills clinics and let us help get you Hollard JUMA ready! 

Joburg Weather Remains Wet This Weekend - Large On The Lawn With Jack Parow And Francois Van Coke POSTPONED Due To Rain Forecast 

The importance of wetlands was put high on the agenda when Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo (JCPZ), the City of Johannesburg’s custodian of greening initiatives, celebrated World Wetlands Day with more than 100 learners and community environmental ambassadors at Alberts Farm on Wednesday February 15.

He may appear lean and shabby but Letaba the White Lion, a resident of the Johannesburg Zoo, is in “excellent health”, despite serious concerns raised by members of the public.

Juweel Park in Region E is situated along the Klein Jukskei Spruit. Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo during the week of Valentine’s Day showed love and awareness to this area by removing alien invasive plant species.

A 54km & 22km urban ride through the heart of the biggest urban forest in the World, our city Johannesburg! 

Cross over rivers and crawl under roads through tunnels and experience Joburg’s popular adventure run.

World Wetland Day (WWD) is celebrated globally on 2 February to highlight the importance of wetlands.

All tip-offs remain anonymous. "Together with you residents' help, we are certain that we can put illegal dumping in the City to an end..

Wetlands produce rice and this source of food is the staple diet of nearly 3 billion people - half the world's population.