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  1. Today was launched Operation Twiga Phase II in Murchison Falls National Park (MFNP), Uganda. In 2015, some giraffes were translocated South to the Nile to expand the giraffes territory in MFNP, from where they were found absent. With the technical consultant Julian Fennessy from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, UWA is currently working in the conservation of the Nubian giraffe in the country. Ugandan giraffes were formerly considered as an endangered sub-species called Rothschild's giraffe. There are about 2100 animals worldwide, and their stronghold in Uganda is to be found in MFNP Paraa sector North of the mighty Nile river. UWA decided to introduce / or re-introduce animals to build new population in Lake Mburo National Park, and MFNP Southern sector. The aim is to lower the risks if a catastrophe would happen in Paraa sector. Nubian giraffes are present in Western Ethiopia (Gambela National Park), Western Kenya, and Southern Sudan. Further information about Operation Twiga can be found here, and details are provided concerning the different populations of this vulnerable sub-species: Giraffe taxonomy is pretty difficult and new discoveries are not yet all widely accepted by the international scientific community. It was formerly recognized a single giraffe species with 9 sub-species. The Giraffe Conservation Foundation started a genetic analyze of all the giraffe sub-populations and proposed that instead of a single species, there are 4 different species: - The Northern Giraffe divided in 3 different sub-species (Western giraffe only to be found in Niger, the Kordofan giraffe located in Central Africa, and the Nubian giraffe now also including the Rotschild's giraffe). - The Masaii giraffe. - The reticulated giraffe. - The Southern giraffe divided into 2 sub-species (South African giraffe and the Angolan giraffe). UWA is also working in reinforcing Kidepo National Park kob population. With only 40 animals estimated in this park located in the Karamoja region in North Eastern Uganda, it was decided to translocate between 100 and 200 animals from MFNP where Ugandan kobs are thriving.
  2. Really enjoy your TR and your pictures. You have really good portraits. Can't wait to see Nyungwe's pictures and experience too! How far were the golden monkeys? Would you say that 400 mm lens is allright for them??
  3. Thank you very much for your suggestions. @inyathi: What I tried to say, is that if I come from France, it would be more logical and for sure much cheaper to start this African journey with East Africa, then Gabon and Chad, before visiting Southern Africa. Fron there, we would fly back to Chile where we live. My doubts were if this might be a good idea, especially this program would force us to visit Botswana during the rainy season. I have decided to switch the program, we will start first with Botswana and Namibia in October, then continue with East Africa, Gabon and Chad. This allows us to visit Okavango at the climax of the dry season, why good concentration of wildlife in the last water pools. I have been in contact with one guide that @Antee traveled with months ago (, this might be a great solution to visit the Kwhai concession and the Okavango delta. According to my last research and some recomendations I received, it might be a fantastic idea to combine Kwara with Khwai areas. In Kwara I am still not sure if I would prefer to book in one full inclusive camp such as Shinde which seems just amazing, or travel there in mobile camp with the same guide recommended by Antee. Now I have another problem in the logistics, We would book a land cruiser at Windhoek, drive to Maun, visit the Okavango, then most probably visit for a couple of days Nxai Pan, before driving to Kasane. From there we would go for a couple of night to the Victoria Falls, go back to Kasane, cross into the Caprivi strip, and drive to Etosha. From there, we would continue with our trip to Damaraland, Namib and Fish Canyon. The main problem with this solution is that our Land Cruiser would be useless when we would be on safari in mobile camp in the Khwai concession and in Kwara area. This means we would have to let our Land Cruiser fro 7 to 8 nights at Maun without using it, that is to say about 1000 USD fro nothing. I then checked if we could start out trip first visiting the Okavango, then reach Windhoek to hire our Land Cruiser, this would avoid us to waste to rent the Land Cruiser for nothing for these 7 to 8 nights. But it seems there is no direct, cheap flights between Maun and Windhoek. I am still looking for the best formula. I don't know if you followed me??? As said before, I would prefer visiting Nxai Pan instead of CKGR because @firmin13 says tracks might be dificult. Nxai Pan is also on the way between Maun and Kasane if we decided to drive there on tar road. We would go there as self drivers, but I have read that the public campsites had significant damages due to elephants. Do you have fresh information about it? Do you know if these camps have bathrooms and showers working well? Thanks!! Jeremie
  4. I am still preparing our long trip around the world. Have almost all prepared for Africa (Kenya-Tanzania-Uganda-Rwanda-Gabon-Chad-Namibia-South Africa-Botswana). We should be in Africa between October 2018 and March 2019. It would be convenient for us to visit first Eastern Africa, Gabon and Chad, before visiting Southern Africa and more particularly Okavango. We will reach Africa from France, and then fly back to Chile after 5 long months in Africa. I understand that there are many more sightings during the dry season compared to the rainy season. What do you think about it? Please share your experiences. On the other hand, if we start with Eastern Africa, we will first visit Northern Tanzania for 15 days in late october or early November. Which place should be visit to see the herds of wildebeests in the Serengeti by then? Thanks! Jeremie
  5. Thanks @firmin13, I will go in Chad somewhere between February or March to visit Ennedi and Zakouma, after visiting Gabon where I will go for gorilla tracking in Loango national park (they finished the habituation program some months ago, which represents the fourth destination in Central Africa where you can see some Western Lowland gorillas with Odzala, Dzangha Sangha and Nouabalé Ndoki national parks, located in Congo and CAR. The point is that I would obviously prefer to visit the Okavango delta at the best period if feasible on the one hand, and go in the right season to visit the Kwai concession with a Land Cruiser. I am particularly worried visiting this place during the rainy season, so all experiences will be highly appreciated. We will rent a land cruiser in Windhoek and travel for 40 days between Northern Botswana and Namibia (no time to visit Zambia this time, we had to make difficult choices). We will let the car in Maun for some few days and go in the delta. We were offered Oddball's Enclave Camp. Does anyone have information about this place? Is it great for wildlife? It is a rustic lodge offering walking and mocker safaris, around 600 USD per night per guest during the high season. Not sure if it is perfect to spot cats, but should be fantastic for elephants and antelopes isn't it? I have high hopes to see cats in the Kwai concessions and inside Chobe National Park. The only point is that I think it is compulsory to have a guide who knows Khwai, do you think one guide would accept to join us in our land cruiser for more or less 5 days to spend between Maun and Kasane? For the Serengeti, I will have to be where they are depending on the time I will visit them. I am not particularly interested in any crossing by the way.
  6. @Caracal: These giraffes genetics is similar to the giraffes located in Tanzania and Southern Kenya. They are thus Masai giraffes!
  7. Really love your painted dogs pictures, in these lovely red grasses.
  8. Lions as well as jaguars where they are literally exterminated in Bolivia nowadays...
  9. We traveled 3 weeks in August 2016 to the Brazilian Pantanal. As Chilean residents, we have already traveled in the South American tropics (Madidi National Park in Bolivia, Amboro National Park in Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Iguazu Falls in Argentina, Mata Atlantica in Eastern Brazil). We had already seen pumas (at Torres del Paine in the Chilean Patagonia and at Madidi NP in the Bolivian Amazon) as well as jaguars at Madidi. We had also seen giant anteaters, giant otters and much more. But we were totally aware that Pantanal would offer us outstanding possibilities of spotting the largest cat of the Americas, the mighty jaguar or onça pintada. And contrary to the rainforests, it would be much easier to see wildlife in Pantanal. Animal densities are really high, and the Pantanal is an open habitat, rather good for observation, while on the other hand it is much harder to clearly see wildlife in the Amazon. We decided to focus our safari on jaguars, tapirs, giant anteaters and giant otters. We thought it might be a great idea to visit Northern and Southern Pantanal at the same time. For jaguars, we had to take a decision if we would go to Porto Jofre, as 95% of the travelers do. I was really afraid of seeing a jaguar with 15 to 20 other boats, I really like exclusivity when I want to meet wildlife or to be in contact with nature. I have seen on ST that there was another destination with some reasonable possibilities to spot jaguars on the Rio Paraguay, at Taiama reserve. For tapirs, I was clear that Pouso Alegre was the right place to visit. There are some remarquable sightings on the web from this lovely place. For giant anteaters, chances are larger in Southern Pantanal. I was considering different fazendas, but eventually decided to visit Fazenda Barranco Alto (FBA) after reading the amazing reports on ST. I might have chosen Bahia das Pedras too. The are many differences between Northern Pantanal, which is located inside Mato Grosso state, and Southern Pantanal which is in Mato Grosso do Sul. Safaris in both regions are largely done on private land. But one main difference is that most fazendas (such as FBA) in Southern Pantanal, provide all inclusive service (food, accommodation, guiding) with the exception of transport. On the other hand, most places in Northern Pantanal, need to contract a guide, that is not included with accommodation and food in the Fazendas. We decided to use Pantanal Jaguar Safaris agency from Andre and Leen. There were really nice comments about there small agency, based at Chapada dos Guimaraes. We exchanged few mails to set our program, according to our dates and to availabilities. We were offered two alternatives to track jaguars: Porto Jofre, or the new Pedrinho floatel at Rio Paraguay. I decided to try the second option. I also asked for one night at Rio Claro. We ended booking one night at Mato Grosso Hotel, based on the bank of the Pixaim river, not so far from Santa Tereza Fazenda. We were told by Leen it would should a good place to see the giant otters. Well, the program was decided. We would stay one might at Cuiaba, 1 night Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel, 4 nights at Rio Paraguay, 4 nights on the Paraguay River, 1 night at Chapada dos Guimaraes. We would then fly with Azul to Campo Grande, from where we would drive to Aquidauna and take a short flight to FBA, where we would stay for 5 nights.
  10. The worst about it is that is seems that the Brazilians are now indifferent. Perhaps very tired about this political and economical crisis that never ends...
  11. @pault The point is that I had lost many pictures from Pantanal, but I recently acquired one software called Wondershare recovery and I found back hundreds of pictures scanning my external disks. I am very happy about it, I felt really bad when I realized I had lost such fantastic pictures. I am not sure I understood your suggestion for the last jaguar portrait (which is indeed a crop of the first jaguar pics). I slightly change the edition and decided to darken the periphery of the photo, but I guess you would have preferred to increase this effect. Is this correct? I will try to do so.
  12. Onça pintada - Jaguar - Panthera onca by Goulevitch Jérémie, sur Flickr
  13. Onça pintada - Jaguar - Panthera onca by Goulevitch Jérémie, sur Flickr Striated heron - Butorides striata by Goulevitch Jérémie, sur Flickr Onça pintada - Jaguar - Panthera onca by Goulevitch Jérémie, sur Flickr
  14. The project is over, a total of 520 elephants were relocated from Liwonde and Majete parks, including 34 animals to Nyika.
  15. Very good to know that wildlife is still abundant around Dinsho and Bale Lodges, also that lions seems to be still there. Quite a miracle considering the huge population of livestock inside the park (both resident and migrant). Good and close sightings around Dinsho demonstrates poaching rate is quite low and that trophy hunting is not important, otherwise I presume the mountain nyalas would be much less confident as they do. Do you feel human pressure is less around Rira - Harenna Forest compared to the Northern fringes of the Park (Gaysay and DInsho areas)?
  16. I do not trust at all the estimations from Radom and Southern National Parks.
  17. I have just received the 2016 Annual report from EWCP. There are some very positive news concerning Bale wolf population, with an estimated 30% increase. There were around 80 pups in and around the park, which is good news for the population recovery. Bad news come from Delata sub-population in Wollo region, that dropped to only 2 animals. Annual Report April 2017.pdf
  18. I recovered many Pantanal pictures on my external disk. Here is a movie I shot of our first jaguar:
  19. Here is the last SCF communication release, which stresses on an addax survey in Tim Touma desert in Eastern Niger where addax main population crashed down in the last years, and on the scimitar horned oryx reintroduction project in OROA, Chad.
  20. This is correct. Rio Paraguay has high jaguar densities but less compared to Porto Jofre, 50-fold less tourists on the river. And less sightings compared to Porto Jofre (jaguars are more tame, there are very few tourists, no talkie walkie between the boats)
  21. Here is the last newsletter from African Parks. Interesting is to note that Liuwa current Manager Robert Reid will take the position of Field Operation Manager in Siniaka Minia, Chad. I have tried to find further information about this news, but I did not find anything about. APN's interest in Siniaka Minia was released in an article a couple of years ago, but no official communication from the Chadian authorities or from our preferred NGO was done until now on this matter. I hence understand that there is a new conservation project in the air in Chad, which is great and shows the strong commitment of this country for conservation of its wildlife and natural national heritage. There are some important advances in OROA in the Swahilian ecoregion, Ennedi was declared as a World Heritage in 2015 with a project with APN to manage this area as a natural and cultural reserve, Ounianga lakes few years before, Zakouma administration was given to APN in 2010.
  22. It seems it was an absolutely amazing journey!!!! Your first pictures are perfect to launch the TR! I send you a PM to ask you all the information about this agency.
  23. You got fantastic raptor shots! I also fond of the couple of nilgai shots and the blackbuck at sunset! Lovely
  24. Some authors still consider that Ethiopia is home to more than 1000 lions. I think this is an overestimate. Considering that Awash-Ali Deghe is the third lion stronghold of the country after Omo and Gambela regions, it seems clear that the real population is largely lower than this poor guess estimate. The Abyssinian country lacks of wildlife systematic surveys and its protected areas are very poorly management, thus this situation should get worse in the following decade. The fact that APN was expulsed out of the Gambela project after investing so much energy and money on it clearly shows the lack of interest Ethiopia has for its network of protected areas. There is a 2014 mammal watching report stating some lion indirect evidences from Awash and Ali Deghe here: reports/MDB Ethiopia 2014.pdf I feel extremely worried to see that the last lions sightings on Mammalwatching for Ethiopia were in the Gera forest and in the Harenna forest South to Bale Mountain National Park... reports/JvG Ethiopia 2015 full.pdf

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