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  1. The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, with support of the Segré Foundation, is working with the local authorities from Kazakstan, to establish a new population of Kulan, a sub-species of asiatic onager endemic to the central steppes and deserts. Formerly distributed from the European steppes to the central asia deserts of Karakum and Kizilkum, it is now only to be found in small pockets in Southern Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, with the main population located in Altyn Emel National Park, Kazakhstan. The first pilot group of 9 animals was released in last october in the Torgai steppe, huge grasslands now almost devoid of people. It is expect to reintroduce a group of 40 animals in the next 4 years. This vast project aims to restore the Kazakh steppe, which is one of the stronghold of the saiga antelope.
  2. In 2015, rhino experts agreed that there might be only 30 sumatran rhinos left: 2 in Kalimantan, few or none in Bukit Barisan, less than 15 in Gunung Leuser and same in Kay Wambas national parks. They also agreed that at this state, it was urgent to capture wild breeding rhinos and relocate them in a breeding center with at least 20 rhinos. Unfortunately, the decision maker - the Indonesian government - has not taken any decision up to know. Neither decided to send semen to Sabah to try in vitro techniques. I let you the story here:
  3. @Africlan: I have absolutely no information about it.
  4. Yes @Paolo, first phase sourced its animals mainly from Gorongosa for waterbucks and Maromeu for Buffaloes, as well as some elephants from South Africa if I remember well. Next phase will mainly source animals from Save Valley's Sango concession, that will kindly give animals to Zinave. The good thing concerning Zinave is that they now secured a good budget to lead the main activities inside the sanctuary. I do not know if they also have long term fundings to expand the sanctuary and develop law enforcement activities in the whole park in the next 10 years.
  5. Further information about this very sad crisis:
  6. Own of my travel agent (Nickadventure) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, just posted on his Facebook page comments from locals about a jaguar poaching increase, especially in Northern Bolivia, corresponding to the Beni Wetlands and Amazonian Forest, south to Tambopata reserve in Peru. I will quote his comments here: Note for those interested to discover wild Bolivia. The place I have seen a jaguar in Madidi (with another local agent) is the same Nick use to go. Nicks offers fantastic tour in the Bolivian Chaco, and reached really good results in tapirs and jaguars observations. Let's hope tourism will develop in there, I greatly admire Nick perseverance. If Kaa Iya is rather an expedition compared to Pantanal confortable lodges in Tres Irmaos region, Nick uses camera traps during the trip to show his tourists the most secretive wildlife he cannot guarantee to his clients, which I really appreciate. I really expect to visit KINP one day with Nick, as well as other new destinations I discovered a couple of year before: Reserva Barba Azul (Beni) to see the once thought extinct endemic macaw, Red front macaw in the upper dry valleys. He also offers tour in Noel Kempff, Pantanal and seems to have a new tour to see the andean cock of the rock...
  7. Bhutan made a very positive announcement: the population of tigers in Royal Manas in increasing, from 12 tigers in 2015, to 22 in 2016. Further information concerning the science is available in the report. This is without doubt some great news, and demonstrates the strong commitment of Bhutan to save the tiger. Doubling of Tigers in RMNP PDF 24.34 MB
  8. Here is more information concerning the Zinave recovering project in Southern Mozambique. The park received more than 700 hundreds animals in 2017, next phase will start in 2018. By 2020, the park will receive 6000 more animals, mainly from Zimbabwe Save Conservancy area. They made a fantastic video to promote and present the project. I highly recommend you to have a look at it!
  9. Here is some video material related with the 34 elephants translocated from Liwonde National Park to Nyika plateau National Park in Malawi: The Peace Parks Foundation has huge projects in Southern Africa. NYC project is quite small but this is a very concrete action to recover and protect this small park from Malawi, sharing frontiers with Zambia.
  10. 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.
  11. @SafariChick: Not yet... I am very, very late with many trips done this year. I am currently developing pics from the Bolivian pampas (I will post a TR very soon here), from South Andean Deers in Patagonia and from burowing parrots close to Santiago...
  12. Amazing journey @Zim Girl! I am really impressed by this report, Steppes Travel developed a wonderful gorilla tour. The Grauer's gorilla are very different compared to the Mountain gorillas. Western lowland gorillas are also more brownish. Thanks a lot for sharing your pics here. Hope this will help people to travel more and more to Virunga and more especially Kahuzi Biega.
  13. Here is the August 2018 APN Monthly newsletter: APN is working hard to reintroduce black rhinos in Zakouma in the next dry season, and are working closely with the governmente of Chad to manage the new Ennedi Natural and Cultural Reserve in the North of the country. They are also working on an extension of the area under their management in the larger Zakouma region. Lions reintroduction in Liwonde is planned for next year, where the cheetahs are still going well. The situation is still very dificult in Chinko because of the civil crisis in CAR. Bangweuleu game reintrouction is going well, with large herds of pukus reintroduced in the last weeks.
  14. 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.
  15. 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??
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. @Caracal: These giraffes genetics is similar to the giraffes located in Tanzania and Southern Kenya. They are thus Masai giraffes!
  20. Really love your painted dogs pictures, in these lovely red grasses.
  21. Lions as well as jaguars where they are literally exterminated in Bolivia nowadays...
  22. 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...
  23. @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.
  24. Onça pintada - Jaguar - Panthera onca by Goulevitch Jérémie, sur Flickr

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