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  1. @Raelond and @Micheal-ibk I just love this report particularly because I know just what an awesome guide Doug is. I'll be going with him on safari to Camp Nomade at Zakouma National Park in Chad next year. I'll be spoiled because there will only be myself and two others in my group and we will be guided by Doug. In all probability, in the future I'll be going on more safaris with Doug as my guide.
  2. @Towlersonsafari As I'm sure that your'e aware Hwange in Zimbabwe is an example of a National park which depends to great extent on artificial watering holes. Fortunately it continues to be a great success.
  3. @Raelond I just love the photos of the elephants and hyenas at the water hole. I can't wait until next year when I'll be spending a full eight days in Hwange. I'll be there in June and staying half the time at Makalolo Camp and the other half at Camp Hwange. I'll be taking the second longest safari of my life.
  4. @DouglasWise I suggest that instead of consulting your academic "scientific studies" you talk to ordinary Africans about what they think of big game hunting and of course culling. I have to have other than Calvin Cottar, and 2 other white Kenyans I'm unaware of anyone in Kenyan who wants big game hunting to return to Kenya. Let alone culling. More humane culling methods involve killing off entire families in the name of elephant population control; I suggest you try selling this to the British public because killing baby elephants and wiping out entire families isn't something which would go down very with the overwhelming majority of the population regardless of their political beliefs or anything else. Furthermore,I suggest that you take a better look at African economics because legal trading in elephant hide or ivory is scarcely going to do anything towards improving conservation; it will only fuel even more poaching. Why is that every Kenyan I've ever talked with in five years understands that due to the corruption involved there is no such thing as well managed, and regulated trade in ivory or elephant hide. Do you really believe that the benefits will go back into conservation? No, they will go into the hands of professional hunters,wildlife ranchers and corrupt Government officials. As I'm sure that you know so much of the worst elephant poaching has occurred in areas which professional hunters have repeatedly claimed were a haven for elephants due to their presence. A wonderful example of this Selous National Game Reserve in Tanzania, another is the Rungwa and Kisingo Game reserves in Tanzania as well as the Nisassa Game Reserve in Mozambique or the Dete Conservancy in Zimbabwe which borders Mana Pools National Park. After having been to Chobe National Park several times, Sarara Camp in the Northern Range Trust. Hwange,Gonorezhou I sincerely believe that elephants living in overcrowded conditions which cause then to destroy their habitat to the detriment of other wildlife is simply an excuse for big game hunting and culling. As I've heard many times from people who know far more than I do on the subject- elephants are the greatest engineers of the environment. In an area where the population has become overpopulated with elephants they need the ability to move where it's crowded. I will certainly agree that the conflict between elephants and humans is as old as time immemorial,however, I don't see anyone in Kenya screaming for culling or a return to big game hunting as a means to end it. Kenyans support less lethal means.
  5. @Geoff I couldn't agree with you more that all of the guides at Shenton Safaris two camps are superb, but I have to say that Patrick Njobuvu the chief guide is one of the finest guides I've ever had after having gone on no less than 14 safaris the longest of which lasted 2 months. Furthermore, I have to say that every walk or drive with him leaves me reeling with laughter! He's literally one of the funniest people that I've ever had the honor of knowing. I certainly do regard him as a friend.
  6. @Atravelynne I couldn't agree with you more. Every time I go on safari I face different challenges in large part due to the fact that I have A.D.H.D ( Attentional Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) which means that amongst other things I'm incredibly absent minded and don't take stress well,however, as you know every safari is a learning experience. So I simply continue to learn how to cope with this disability; I can't and won't allow it not to let me enjoy my safaris. As I told @Sangeeta virtually everyone has some sort of disability when they go on safari.
  7. I really would love to hear some positive news from the Niassa Game Preserve. It's population of elephants continues to be hammered by poachers and the big game hunters don't seem to be improving the situation despite their claims to the contrary.
  8. @Amylovescritters I couldn't agree with you more because there's nothing worse than going on safari with the feeling that your'e exhausted. I can remember very well when I flew from Nairobi to Johannesburg and was told by the staff of South African Airways that I couldn't get my bag out of the luggage bin. I didn't take her seriously. The result was that I was unable to sleep and tossed and turned all night worrying about getting my baggage back. So, I flew to Maun and began my safari at Tuba Tree Camp in Botswana in a state of total exhaustion. This is no way to begin a safari. I was tired for the next 3 weeks. I have to say that when I was returning to Nairobi from Maun via Johannesburg the lady behind the counter tried to tell me the same story: that I had to keep my baggage in the storage bin. This time I refused and was able to sleep.
  9. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/hugh-fearnleywhittingstall-urges-london-antique-dealers-to-stop-buying-ivory-a3415436.html As I know from long research, any exemption on a total ban on ivory will only result in more poaching. Its all too easy to disguise ivory from recently killed elephants as antique using tea. As a potential antique buyer, I would certainly be more likely to buy from a dealer who refused to sell ivory on ethical grounds. Surveys indicate that the overwhelming majority of the British public supports a total ban on ivory. How many demonstrations have there been in the U.K calling for a stop to elephant and rhino poaching?
  10. @Serendipitytravel As you know I find these photos simply appalling. Why is that after living for 5 years in Nairobi Kenya I've yet to meet a single Kenyan who wants to see big game hunting return to Kenya? The only Kenyans I can know of who would like it to return are the owner of Cottar's Camp in the Masai Mara: Calvin Cottar, a white manager of a lodge in Laikipia and a white Kenyan rancher who would profit from big game hunting.
  11. I'll defiantly be returning there and will make it a point to arrive earlier when I can expect that somebody will be there to greet me. It's just a great place.
  12. https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-12-05-op-ed-hunters-and-predator-breeders-take-aim-at-star-journalist/#.WiY5Ta2B1R1 As this article points out, not only is canned lion hunting not really hunting, it contributes nothing to conservation. Furthermore, it's just dreadful for South Africa's image. It discredits SAPA's claims that it is actively engaged in conservation. Obviously, tourism contributes far more to the South African economy than a handful of lion hunters.
  13. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42152393 Why did it take this researcher so long to reach the conclusion which I have been hearing about for years? That trophy hunting simply removes the best genetic material from the species. My best source for this information is not only guides but ex professional hunters whom I've met such as Zimbabwean Stretch Ferreira. I believe that the problem is that professional hunters fund so many conservation organizations including the W.W. F and and even Wild Cru.
  14. http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/Letter-to-Trump-Ban-importation-of-wildlife-trophies-US/440808-4212054-nt5wbc/index.html I think that this letter says it all considering that my President's sons are both big game hunters. It couldn't be written at a better time.
  15. @Atravelynn You only did so by mistake. Maybe I should be depithed for having missed on rare occasions a game drive out of sheer exhaustion. I'm sure that Doug will forgive you.

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