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  1. Wonderful trip report so far @bettel. No problem with all the Cheetah photos - more please! The photo sequence of the newborn Giraffe and its mother is very endearing. I especially like the photo of the Crowned Plover guarding its nest. Looking forward to following along with the rest of this report!
  2. -- I wondered whether to post this in the "General Africa Talk" forum or "Trip Planning" forum, but decided on the latter. This seems sure to affect tourists visiting Cape Town: "Cape Town - Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille is in talks with the police and the army to prepare for May 13 2018 - the day the taps are now anticipated to run dry around the city, with water only available at collection points, she said on Thursday. "The City is consulting with the South African Police Service and the [SA]National Defence Force to ensure the safety of residents at these sites and maintain general law and order," said De Lille in a statement. "Today (on Thursday) teams are testing how a real water collection point will work. This is one of many preparedness exercises that the City is undertaking". She said "Day Zero" has moved from March, which was earlier predicted, due to dramatic consumption reduction, and major interventions, but when the dams hit only 13.5% full, almost all the taps will be turned off. Dams are currently at an average 37.5% full. When that happens, residents will be rationed to 25 litres of drinking water per person per day, which will be distributed at about 200 points around the city. A massive public health communication campaign will be mounted to limit disease and keep sanitation systems working. "
  3. I'm very sorry to hear about this.
  4. Wonderful birthday safari you had @PHALANX. Thanks for sharing the text and photos.
  5. I read the article and I agree with @ZaminOz. I think the researchers suffered from a bit of proverbial tunnel vision. Frequent fires don't tend to kill mature trees - they kill seedlings and young trees. This is because the frequent fires consume fuel which never builds up for enough of a conflagration to kill mature trees. It generally takes a large buildup of material to burn high and hot enough to take out mature trees. So if it were not for elephants systematically destroying the Chobe's mature trees (that produce seeds or fruit) then there would be a steady supply of new seedlings and saplings that would have a much greater chance of surviving the human-caused fires. But with the elephants destroying the "seed factories" then the fires finish the job the elephants started. And removing the mature trees and canopy makes for a hotter and drier microclimate in the forest, which makes it more fire-prone. Plus other cascading effects.
  6. I think it is a Sharp-shinned Hawk @cjt3 - but I'm not 100% certain. It is difficult to tell perched Sharp-shinned Hawks and Cooper's Hawks apart, but the size relative to the Squirrel and dove? plus the not-so-long tail make me think Sharpie.
  7. Sounds like you are a good and conscientious drone operator @LarsS - I applaud your checking with staff and other guests before using the drone. And for only using it around camp and not in the presence of wildlife. If everyone was that responsible, the world would be a better place!
  8. Just had to use the "unlike" feature for the first time - did not expect drone video...
  9. Just noticed the Tawney Eagle in post #57 @Geoff. Question: is it in the process of vomiting?
  10. @PHALANX - perhaps the Buffalo were only coming to wish you happy Birthday?
  11. Great new additions @Bush dog. I particularly liked the photo series of the Red-crested Korhaan's courtship!
  12. Great news - thanks for sharing @jeremie.
  13. Thanks for this useful info @Soukous. If you have similar tips to share for areas in Tanzania (particularly southern TZ) you would have some eager readers!
  14. @Bugs - that still does not make the following statement true CURRENTLY: "every horn sold by Hume is equivalent to the life of a wild rhino being spared ." Perhaps it might in the future if some Utopian system such as Mr. Eustace suggests is successfully implemented. But that is a very big "if".
  15. One question I have regarding the future of wildlife conservation in Botswana is: what happens after Ian Khama is no longer El Supremo? Does anyone know what Mokgweetsi Masisi's thoughts are regarding conservation, trophy hunting, etc?

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