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  1. What more evidence does one need, if Mr Trump supports something, how can it be right? ( Oh no i hope he does not like cricket)
  2. Again, things one can only dream about-I can get nearly stuck getting out of our drive at home! great fun @Ritsgaai
  3. What a splendid trip @Ritsgaai I love reading about trips that I would not have the skill or courage-or wife who would let me as she knows I lack the above- to do myself! and what lovely elephant encounters!
  4. My apologies @Bugs , a hurried and poor choice of words-i meant to say that there was no evidence to support the articles opinions, and just unsupported opinions, so thanks very much for that. so, my response to the article, which basically advocates which seems a tad extreme, especially where elephants are declining in numbers-including Botswana if the Great Elephant Census is to be believed-published august 2016, which gave a 15% deduction in numbers since 2010. The article, to be fair to it, is arguing against another article which I have not read . It refers to the increasing numbers of elephants in northern Botswana. Another research article says that more and more elephant herds that would normally migrate seasonally to Zambia, Angola and Zimbabwe are choosing to stay as they know they are at risk of poaching in those areas-the poaching menace becoming so bad.that means that there needs to be research on how and if elephants can return to ancient migration routes once poaching is stopped, and that would be a better way to proceed than killing half of them. The original article also says Over 50 years? that seems a tad excessive.What research is there to say what the carrying capacity is of Botswana?
  5. Well my dear @Bugs, there were not many facts to argue against, just opinions , but i will read it again and try to make some helpful points. I cannot promise they will not be predictable though
  6. Well @Bugs in an idle moment I did read the article-but it quotes no research or statistics independently verified-it is an opinion piece, from a website one of whose aims is to, and I quote so that nice then.
  7. lovely photo's, especially the baby puku and the croc stepping into the river @Geoff, and that last leopard shot!
  8. @douglaswise I think we can agree on the fact that more monitoring needs to take place to see what an effect banning hunting has on different areas and that all conservation decisions should be made only after good research.What the article/paper does seem to highlight -although again it would be interesting to read the questions and replies) i s that from a practical point of view you cannot just ban something that gave some benefits to at least some people and put nothing in its place.Ii do not however agree that the decision was arbitrary as I understand consultation did take place beforehand, and there was some research used to justify it. I suspect that the reason for some animals declining (Zebra and wildebeest) is more long term and multi-factorial than we realize..Just for starters, Botswana has a roughly 30 year drought cycle,so conditions naturally change, add human encroachment, changing social values,more water apparently coming into the Okavanko delta which, I have read, results in (counter-intuitively) a growth in rough sedge like grasses which are unpalatable to wildebeest and name a few factors-then life gets very complicated indeed!
  9. yes @optig and @Sangeeta please do take a leaf out of the splendid @douglaswise 's book and when confronted by research that goes against your emotional response hold your hands up with good grace and admit you were very naughty and wrong!!! You only have to read @douglaswise 's considered views on grouse shooting in th uk, his gracious acceptance of the harm it does, and the gentlemanly understanding that, on a seperate topic, that birds of prey do not negatively effect songbird populations to appreciate the correct approach to adopt.i am sure @douglaswise no longer kills magpies on his property because he now appreciates this has no effect on songbirds. (actually i am just jealous he did not mention me as well) i read the research article with interest. Information like this can only help understand what is happening, and whether a ban on hunting is working, or if it needs to be modified or abandoned in some areas in Botswana. and adopting an approach centering on local communities is also sensible as it is only with local support can wildlife flourish or be preserved. however i have some questions, designed to help the debate, and to improve my ignorance. the report states I cannot see if there are any figures, either in the report or otherwise, commenting on whether the numbers of wildlife have increased. which leads me to ask-is it not too early to comment on whether the ban is having any effect on wildlife good or bad? what research or monitoring is in place to consider this? the research asks local folk about how the ban is impacting on them-i would love to see the questions-what do local folk think of not being allowed to take animals for bushmeat when outsiders can come in and kill and then graciously hand over the meat? i know what i would think? What efforts, if any, have been made to help those wanting to turn previous hunting areas into photo tourism? After all most of what are now tourism areas were presumably hunting areas? Are tourism numbers still increasing/? which suggests there is capacity,could Botswana market a lower cost option in poorer areas and continue its high cost option in the richer areas? how was hunting regulated in the past, and how could it be improved in the future? the revenue figures-does that include wages to local staff? i have assumed that photo tourism employs more people. the 2 ideals of wildlife conservation and local empowerment and improvement of living conditions are all things that we can get behind,nad have to go hand in hand.i am not convinced this article proves that the hunting ban in Botswana has had a negative impact, but it is certainly food for thought
  10. wonderful report @Alexander33 and love the birds you saw at nyungwe-the place is crying out for some reasonably priced accommodation!
  11. lovely report @gatoratlarge the 2 kafue camps sounds like a great combination-only just under 3 years till the mortgage is paid off and we can start planning trips to Zambia again!!!
  12. Also the white tail just looks more thuggish!!! hope you had a splendid time in Scotland-judging from the pictures it looks like you did! @xelas
  13. splendid photo's @gatoratlarge but even looking at the "plunge pool from the safety of the office gives me the heeby jeebys!
  14. woo hoo an Aardvark!
  15. I love the bendy owl @gatoratlarge and what a contrasting trip!

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