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  1. It must have been so frustrating,the problems with the guide and an almost impossible situation as to how you would play it - on the one hand he was providing the transport and you couldn't just tell him to go leaving you in a worse situation and delays on the other you just want to get very very angry! But ....that baby porcupine! That is the cutest thing in cute land @kittykat23uk
  2. @douglaswise and @inyathi i am enjoying your contributions, but I would respectfully suggest that "animal welfare" does have a role to play in conservation decisions, if that means that one is concerned not just for the life of an animal but its life in as natural a state as possible.On a more practical point the "animal welfare lobby" can be used to harness funds to support bona fide conservation projects as the IFAW example above shows.(in the interests of disclosure My wife contributes to IFAW I do not) i would add that The argument to use culling to avoid suspected or actual death by starvation is not an animal welfare argument-(although it is nice to see @douglaswise on the side of the bunny huggers ) but however much one hates to see animals suffer like that, it is part of the natural cycle. Death by starvation where mans activities are not a factor is surely an example of survival of the fittest, whereas death by culling is an example of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. As to the effects that elephants have on other species, that is surely worthy of a topic all its own, and it would be fascinating to read of any research into, for example, the increase in elephant numbers in the Kruger against the decline in Sable and Roan-thanks again for such an interesting discussion
  3. Let us hope she makes a full recovery.Africa Geographic have some pictures of the leopard lounging around before the attack.What is unclear is how the leopard got into the tent.
  4. I do love a dung beetle @kittykat23uk do you think they were a male and female as some species stay together " during the rolling process" when we saw them in the kruger our San Parks guide suggested that was what was happening-although I have no idea how one tells a Mr D. Beetle from a Mrs D Beetle! i do hope you saw lots of rare mammals during your trip to make up for the annoying guide!
  5. The point I have tried to make in another thread is that as far as whether there are too many elephants in a particular area is concerned we must remember that we are dealing with an artificial situation, in that for thousands of years elephants have grown up with an environment or environments that has learned to live with them, and then in colonial times ( i use that word not necessarily in a pejorative sense but as the best way of describing it) elephant numbers were decimated which allowed a different type of vegetation to grow, an artificial type if you like.A lot of the Kruger would appear to fall under that category. so before anyone decides how many elephants there should be, one needs to say what period of time they are comparing the current situation too.i will try to find the evidence that in Hwange, and indeed Tsavo, things are rather more complicated than would at first appears. @wilddog raises a very difficult point when she says There is no doubt that the idea of starving elephants-or any wildife-is upsetting and difficult to take, but is that part of the environments way of correcting an imbalance? And if it is, how far do we intervene? i ma against culling anything let alone elephants unless the peer reviewed evidence says there is no other option.I have arranged for put pets to be put out of their misery-do we adopt the same for wildlife? Can one justify killing an elephant to save it from starving? i realise that it is not just a case of that, as other wildlife may or may not benefit from the presence or absence of elephants or lots of elephants.but i am not sure that there is enough research to allow us to make a decision-a decision that is not at all easy whichever side of the fence we sit on. phew that took a long time to say Help!
  6. Splendid first day in the KTP @Ladouce
  7. What splendid photo's @Tdgraves I really liked the secretary birds and the "how many lions can be squeezed into a small space" competition-and then what drama!
  8. Thank you @douglaswise for starting this, all the contributions so far I have found very interesting. It seems we are all agreed that there is a place for a wide variety of different means that help conserve either an environment or a species. I had always assumed that the smaller parks or reserves in South Africa (the country where we have been to most often) had to actively manage their wildlife.Most indeed are open about it.that must involve selling surplus stock, or allowing some limited hunting.i wonder at what size is it possible to leave things to run smoothly with only minimal interference? I assume it depends on the environment , rainfall etc.And what wildlife is present. Also is it helpful to agree a terminology? I have always taken a Game Farm or Ranch to be a place whose prime purpose is to breed wild animals for profit, and where hunting may well take place.I do not say that in a derogatory fashion, just to ensure that I understand the terms used.So perhaps Marrick, that seems to be doing a fine job as a refuge for the nocturnal wildlife and for birds, is a game farm that breeds antelope and supplements its income as a hunting destination.( interestingly it ensures that the wildlife tourists and the hunters never meet) Whereas Samara is a game reserve whose primary income is tourism. how to fund conservation is not of course just an African problem.Perhaps most of the UK's protected areas are owned or run by charities with government exercising some ( and I would say inadequate) control by wildlife protection laws and with the provision of some national areas.But a lot of the decisions as to what wildlife to allow rests with the landowner.I have been reading about a highland Estate where there were insufficient attempts to reduce deer numbers, as the owner demanded those numbers for shooting, but where a change of ownership has led to a dramatic culling exercise, with regeneration of Caledonian pine proceeding apace.but they still have yet to work out how to make it self-funding
  9. What fine photos @Elsa Hoffmann and you are right it is a truly beautiful place.I love the lizard and Tree rat!
  10. Hello @penolva sadly we have only been to Kenya once so I think you have us confused with a much more deserving safaritalker!
  11. I saw your bravery @Dave Williams
  12. Well done fearless wildlife protector @Dave Williams i hope you were humming "Born Free" as you released your fearsome beastie!
  13. Thanks again @douglaswise for your input
  14. Very sorry to hear of your loss. Looks like your trip got off to a splendid start-and first class-very posh indeed! @Tdgraves looking forward to your report
  15. Very sorry to hear of your loss and of the problems you had on your trip but hopefully those problems were overcome! Looking forward to reading about the good things you saw @kittykat23uk

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