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    Travel! South Africa (twice), Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Egypt. Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Israel, India, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, the Netherlands, UK, New Zealand, Galapagos, Philippines, Virgin Islands, Canada, Portugal, Spain, Nepal. Many more on my wish list. Also enjoy films, books, opera, snorkeling and kayaking.
  1. @@Tom Kellie I'm lucky I was looking in my spam folder for something and spotted a notice about this thread. I've been busy and haven't had time to enjoy ST for several months now. What a very special, very Tom sort of trip report. I also adore the fountain pen inserts. And Starbucks Hotel? The Gracious dress shop next to the butcher? Your eye is always so aware. Love that I could feel I was riding along, catching these glimpses of life. Just wonderful.
  2. This is a wonderful article you're written @@MattMiller . This explains why consumers in China are buying ivory and specific ways to educate them to change this. They need to know the origins of ivory products: elephants are killed for their tusks; the tusks are not collected from a live elephant that then grows new ones. This fact alone can have an impact on decreasing one’s likelihood of buying ivory. My only question is what percentage of the ivory buyers are using it for Chinese medicine and how can that be addressed?
  3. Thank you @@offshorebirder for this informative link.
  4. Thanks for posting this. A quote from the article: “Before Cecil, there was a certain complacency surrounding what to do about the lion, almost an indifference,” said Craig Packer, a lion expert who ran the Serengeti Lion Project in Tanzania for 35 years and has been critical of hunting practices in that country. “After Cecil, it became clear that the public was much more skeptical of sport hunting,” he said. “It shows the power of public opinion.”
  5. Such a shame. But wonderful that so many locals came out to mourn and protest this senseless death.
  6. Thank you, AKR1, for those links. The first is not news to anyone who heard the police decided a few days ago not to press charges. And I think most people would agree, this is the right way to go. The second link was very interesting. @@SafariChick, they quoted de Waal, but not in regards to what you had found earlier. Dr. Watts, who said he had been “punched, knocked over and dragged” by male gorillas but never seriously injured, wishes he had been at the Cincinnati Zoo as the crisis unfolded. He would have volunteered to enter the enclosure and assume a submissive fetal position on the floor to try drawing the gorilla’s attention from the boy. (He admits he is engaging in a kind of Monday morning strut-display of his own.)
  7. Jane Goodall reached out to the zoo director with her sympathies. She said it appeared that Harambe was acting protectively. However, since it was after the fact, she expressed her condolences to the director. Her concern now that it was over was whether the females had been given a chance to see and to express grief. Sadly though, I'd read they were looking around for Harambe, so I don't think they let them see his body later. As an aside, this is an extension of the work Elisabeth Kubler-Ross did with death and dying for humans. The mother, Michelle Gregg, made a very good and healing gesture by recommending that people not send her money, but send it to the zoo in honor of Harambe. And the family has no plans to sue.
  8. @@SafariChick thank you for those links, especially the Redmond one. Very well said. @@optig - yes. Yes. A direct link that has the footage of the UK incident and how it was solved is here (in spite of the header, inside the story the mother of the boy who fell years ago believes they could have avoided the Cincinnati shooting): And the touching case where a mother gorilla saved a boy: @@amybatt thanks for that link. This is a link to video footage a visitor took on May 22 that shows the barrier.;_ylt=AwrS5.bFCk9XWGABEwCJzbkF;_ylu=X3oDMTBlM3BrZHBoBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMz?p=cincinnati%20zoo%20gorilla%20enclosure%20fence%20video&fr=yfp-t-s&fr2=p%3As%2Cv%3Ai%2Cm%3Apivot#id=1&vid=3cad56b6d7328b6b61a3fe562457403c&action=view
  9. @@Kitsafari the system sent me your previous post. I agree with you. That's why for 38 years no child out of the millions who came ever was able to break through the barriers to get inside. I heard this witness on tv say the boy said he was going in not once but twice. Very tragic that this could have been avoided.
  10. Hi @@amybatt. Today Corwin was on CNN and had now changed his tune. It was very much the party line that Hana had espoused (your take on him was quite right). Today was it very much all about being in support of the zoo. In 38 years, with over 38 million visitors, this is the first time anyone has breached the barrier system and got into their gorilla's area. However, I would like to see photos. They were already planning an extension of this exhibit, so changes were in the works. This zoo has had a successful Sumatran rhino breeding program. News accounts say the father was not at the zoo. A witness said she saw another woman, with an infant, with Gregg. In an online report by a different witness, this witness refers to her own husband wanting to climb in and help and perhaps that's where people got the idea the husband was there. He is the father of her four children (but not her husband, to be correct rather than judgmental). Some accounts refer to six or seven children in this group, stating that some were from the day care center, but that has not been verified. Another witness said the boy, who is 3 not 4, was "running around for ten or fifteen minutes unsupervised." He says that they were trying to find the parent but then another "older kid noticed him climbing into not falling into the enclosure." After days of saying they would not investigate, the police have decided they will. I wonder if an attorney for them asked for this because if they find nothing wrong, and all the children at home and at the day care center where she works are deemed safe, clearing them will probably make their case stronger should they decide to sue the zoo. Sadly, this has happened before, parents suing a zoo due to a tragedy brought on from their actions (the painted dog case).
  11. @@SafariChick So sad about the labs. Did they find out why this man, a dog lover, did not stop to help the woman? @panamaleo More details are coming out about what happened and you can access those stories online. And I think more will be coming out shortly. But yes, this is sparking conversations, not always as civil as on ST, about wildlife and zoos and more.
  12. @@SafariChick Agree with you al the way. The zookeeper who raised him (at a different zoo) said he had been crying at the tragic news, "Harambe was my heart. It’s like losing a member of the family.” He said he was very, very intelligent. The mother came out publicly and also had a PR firm issue a statement. It seems rather unbelievable that she is the administrator of a child care facility. While I agree that certain animals should not be kept in zoos, I hope she doesn't sue them. (@@ellenhighwater I do agree zoos do some very good work) Jack Hanna came out and strongly defended the decision to shoot the gorilla. I thought his argument that Harambe could crush a green coconut with his hand was not addressing all the points experts like Frans have made. He also avoided a reporter's question about why it took so long. The takeaway seemed to be that Hanna was most interested in defending the zoo's action. Jeff Corwin, however, brings up other techniques and emphasizes human error, suggesting negligence on the mother's part.
  13. The saddest words: "final game drive." Wonderful... thank you for sharing.
  14. Loving all your backyard photos but must admit, this one tugged at my heart. If I look out my window, maybe I'll get to spot one of these in the wild.
  15. @@Safaridude Absolutely stunning images. I especially liked the river shot, the moon bed, bush hyrax, the family scenes. But most memorable is your twenty-five year story of Spit. Very moving.

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