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  1. Wouldn't it be wonderful if only the tiniest percentage of these billions went into wildlife conservation? It would pay enormously more than big game hunting.
  2. @Caracal, Unfortunately, as you are probably well aware the current government in South Africa has a dreadful record in prosecuting those who are guilty of poaching or any other abuses of wildlife. @Forwildlife I couldn't agree with you more that according to professional hunters if wildlife has no value then they have no responsibility for it.
  3. @Botswanadreams Thank you so much for your kind words and recommendation. I'll be spending 10 days on safari in October with Zarek Cockar, thanks in part due to your fabulous trip report. I certainly will visit that art gallery in Arusha. @kitsafari, I appreciate as always for your kind and sweet words. As you know nobody other than Herman and the rest of your family could have a higher regard for you than me. @madaboutcheetah some things in life are inevitable so I'm sure that you'll get to visit Greystoke Mahale in all probability in combination with Chada Katavi. Thank you so much.
  4. @madaboutcheetah Thank you so much. @Atravelynne is a great personal friend of mine and she speaks quite highly of you. I am going to Chada Katavi for a whole week where I'll be fly camping for two nights, then to Greystoke Mahale for four nights. I'll also be spending a night in Arusha before I leave for Chada Katavi and another night before coming back to Nairobi. I haven't been to Arusha for 10 years, but I remember it as a charming town and can still recall the sight of the Masai strolling through town.
  5. https://www.thecourant.org/single-post/2017/08/04/Ivory-trafficking-hope-is-restored-in-Tanzania It is simply fabulous that the poachers are running scared in Tanzania. The war is gradually being won. I only hope that the government of Mozambique follows the same example. I will comment more about that later. Finally, since I'm going on Tanzania on Wednesday I can feel that things are going in the right direction.
  6. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/250-starving-lions-found-in-raid-on-trophy-hunting-farm-bcqdn2d0c This is a truly shocking story ,especially since the current government of South Africa has allowed the trading of lion skeletons. This was the decision of Edna Molewa the current Minister of Environmental Ministers. It's ironic since the USFWS banned all lion trophies coming from canned hunting in South Africa. Can anyone allowing lions to die of starvation call it conservation? One can only surmise that these lions are allowed to starve to death, so that the owners don't have to go to an expense of feeding them and can later be used for the bone trade and exported to China. However this is inhumane and totally unacceptable. I'd love to know how the wildlife ranchers in South Africa are reacting.
  7. All I know is that I simply cannot believe that Canada, Spain, France and other countries are actually allowing the import of cheetah trophies. The number of cheetah remaining is simply too small to allow big game hunting. Furthermore, bow hunting of cheetah is allowed in Namibia.
  8. @Tulips Please enjoy your safari.@dinkdunk the same to you
  9. @Miche-Ibk obviously I'm so happy you recovered from your illness. I would need to spend three weeks there because I want to visit Simien Mountain National Park and Lalibela. I have to tell you that you are a brave man because you never gave up despite your illness. I admire and respect you like I do @Atravelynn and @Kitsafari.
  10. I can only say that I may skip Awash National Park entirely in favor of Lake Lagano. It truly has everything to offer.
  11. I'm looking forward to hearing about it.
  12. I always take 2 Tilley hats with me when I go on safari. I'm terrified of losing one and not having a hat.
  13. I will not only visit the Mara again, I'd be happy to visit various conservancies. I'd particularly like to visit the Loisaba conservancy with Zarek Cockar as my guide. The Mara is fabulous at different times of the year.
  14. @Atravelynne and @Michael-Ibk I just love all your photos and I'm especially excited about all your bird photos and especially those of the endemics.I will definately visit Lake Lagano. I will also include Awash, and Guassa even if I'm already planning to visit Bale Mountain National Park. I'll be visiting Ethiopia soon enough.
  15. I can only say that I'm not happy because another magnificent and increasingly endangered animal was killed in the name of "conservation". I am glad that Great Plains and other ecotourism lodges are planning to expand in Zimbabwe after elections.

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