Bwana Foster

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About Bwana Foster

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    Manchester UK and Phalaborwa South Africa
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    African wildlife photography, African travel, motorcyles,wildlife art and sculpture, birding,off road driving, camping.
  1. Dogs and most animals are incredibly adapt at coping without a limb. Domestic dogs in particular seem to suffer very little consequences form being reduced to 3 legs although admittedly they do not have to catch their own food and avoid other predators. I used to train sheep dogs years ago and the young ones were always to eager to run in and bite the sheep and they ran around like a blur and would not listen, we used to hook one of their front legs through their collars and reduced them to 3 legs for training, this would slow them down a little(not a lot!) and then they would tend to listen more. I never experience one on two legs though-these wild dogs are real survivors!
  2. It is very difficult to define eco tourism these days-it's a bit like being a vegetarian-how far do you go? Yes it should have minimal impact, yes it should build awareness, yes local communities should benefit, yes it should respect local culture etc. We should all however be aware that the world is a changing place and some things that are classed as right today may be proved to be wrong in the future. Eradication of Wolves in Yellowstone is a good example, it has now been found after extensive study of the consequences of reintroducing them back into the park that the benefits far outweigh the losses. I am sure that the manufacture of cameras, batteries, SD cards, has just as much carbon impact as the manufacture of rifles and cartridges. We normally all fly to safari destinations and this has a huge impact on the carbon footprint so we should all be careful before judging others lest we be judged ourselves. We erect huge veterinary fences through wilderness to protect reserves from domestic livestock and vice versa and the wildlife on the reserve side proliferates, Elephants is a good example. They then start to destroy their environment because they cannot migrate and disperse as nature intended , we are then left with a dilema-do we cull, do we charge hunters to cull and bring in significant money to local communities, do we leave to nature, do we take down fences etc etc I am still on the fence with regard to "canned or trophy hunting" however when people with such a distinguished career such as Dr Ian Player have an open mind it has to make you think more about this delicate subject and how it fits into the defination of Eco tourism. We should maybe all remember that many of the worlds greatest wildlife reserves were created because of the actions of professional hunters not only in decimating numbers of species but also in realising that without intervention and moderation that these wild places could not sustain the pressure of continuous hunting. The Selous game reserve in Tanzania is a point in question-it was instigated by and named after a professional hunter that decided he (and many others) needed to address the balance and change his ways in order to protect a valuable resource-Frederick Courney Selous-A man of vision!
  3. What a great interview-I could listen to these guys for hours-pioneers of Rhino conservation and evangelists for the wilderness we could all learn so much from them!
  4. I still don't know if I have masterd this but here are a few of my wild dog photo's from the Selous game reserve in Tanzania. I was staying at Lake Manze camp at the time-beautiful! sharedmedia=gallery:albums:815
  5. Cheers Matt-I will get the hang of it -eventually!
  6. Ok here I go again I took this with a Panny Fz18.
  7. http://D:\My Pictures\My Pictures\SouthAfricaNov2012\P1140374.JPG Don't know if I have posted this correctly but if a Leopard pic appears above this text I have!-it was taken in Kruger in Novemeber 2012 about 20 minutes in from Phalaborwa gate on the road North to Shingwedzi camp. I think it was a young female, she was about 6m from the road and about 2 m up in a small tree-I think maybe she had been chased up there by something as there was some very fresh wounds on her flanks. Moments after the shot she ran off chasing a full grown giraffe-very ambitious!
  8. Great shot-thats the first time I have ever seen two of the vertical white lines joined by a horizontal white line in Kudu pelage-or is it just me?
  9. Beautiful shot!
  10. Aaahh now I see how it works my posts go to the end of the last page-what a plonker I am!-I had three attempts before I realised why I couldnt find my post! I must try harder!
  11. I was lucky enough to get these shots in Tsavo East in 2006.
  12. I took these in Tsavo East 2006, they were quite distant but nevertherless great to see!
  13. I took these in Tsavo East in 2006 unfortunatel they were at quite a distance and disappeared very quicky but it was great seeing them in the wild!
  14. Your point has crossed my mind on more than one occasion... I found that when I had finally bought a legal copy of a well know computer operating system I didn't get any more computer viruses-almost as though the people who were writing the operating software were paying people to write viruses to stop it working on illegal copies....very covert. I don't suppose we will ever know where all the money goes that we all contribute to conservation projects. Whilst I doubt that the people fronting the organisation of these charities are actively engaged in poaching there are some very nice jobs for paid "volunteers / charity workers" who get to travel the world endorcing their chosen charities whilst we who are funding them have to work hard all year and save up for our annual "Africa" fix. it does make you wonder....I know what I have noticed over the last 14 years of travelling Africa-since a particular country has been assisting a lot of African countries governments in improving their infrastructures poaching has risen dramatically.....I have been a member of Chester zoological society for many years and they do a lot for Rhino conservation both breeding projects in the Uk and in conservation projects in Africa and they do publish financial reports so we can all see where the money is spent. Jacaranda radio have an appeal every year in South Africa that brings in millions of Rands but despite best efforts poacing is still increasing. We are now losing a Rhino in Southern Africa every 20 hours and at this rate it will not be long before you will only be able to see them in zoos!
  15. Hi Matt, I have just dropped a link to a couple of videos that I put up on You Tube on the bottom of a coulple of my quotes-do these take up too much space or is it just a link sized file? They seem to play ok on the page without going to YouTube-am I right thinking they are just streaming so dont take up too much of your server space or is there a better way of doing it? I don't wnat to start off on the wrong foot. Thanks for a great web site!

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