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  1. People shouldn't concentrate close to camps, but they do - at the least it's where the come from and return to for every drive thus increasing the traffic in those areas. My point is the density of visitors in Kruger is much much higher in the areas around camps than in the northern corners of the park, so saying there's x people per square kilometer throughout the park isn't accurate, that's all. Even a sighting that is outside of cell coverage is going to be picked up by people in camp, where there is coverage, sending them out to visit said sighting. If sightings are reported later, that seems like a good compromise and no different than the old fashioned sightings books in many parks. I just worry what will happen if that is no longer the case.
  2. Sorry Ice, but your statistical breakdown assumes that visitors are evenly distributed throughout the park. We both know that's far from the case. The vast majority of visitors are concentrated in those areas closest to camp, those sections with reception. Yellowstone has had similar problems with such apps http://goodnature.nathab.com/smartphone-apps-pinpoint-wildlife-sightings-in-yellowstone-but-is-that-a-good-idea/
  3. If you hate crowds perhaps Selous would be a good choice? You could do Kili, head to Zanzibar to recover for a few days then continue south to Selous. IMHO that would be an itinerary to die for.
  4. Gorgeous shots. Samburu really doesn't disappoint, does it? Such an under rated park IMHO, between the rarities and the scenery. I used to lead trips from Cairo to Cape Town and Samburu was always the first big park we'd visit after weeks in the Sahara and Ethiopia. I'd always try to prep my customers with the expectation that big cats are difficult to find and we weren't guaranteed to see any of the three big cat species. Always, just to make a liar out of me, we'd see all three. Once within two hours of arrival to the park. Magical place. Looking forward to more photos of your trip.
  5. I feel very bad for the keepers who had to make this decision. Well that's a pretty big thing IMHO. My local zoo raises california condor chicks to be released into the wild, along with pygmy rabbits, butterflies and turtles - all threatened species. My favorite thing they do is when they have to anesthetize larger animals, like tigers, to do things like clean their teeth they bring in kids from the local school for the blind so they may 'see' their first tiger. I totally get why people are uncomfortable with species we know to be very intelligent being kept in zoos, I just hope there's room to acknowledge the good that comes from well managed zoos and aquariums.
  6. Great photos and report! You had great luck with bears, far better than I had the last few times I was there, well done! I'm sure the rangers would love to spend more time helping people out with wildlife sightings, but are up to their ears this summer (with the big 100 year National Park anniversary going on) with dealing with the usual "protect the park from the people, the people from the park and the people from each other" trials. Andrea Lankford's book "Ranger Confidential" is a great read for anyone curious as to what goes on in America's parks. Full disclosure I'm working as a ranger in a small state park right now so I'm probably extra sympathetic
  7. The clothes, model and photography are all gorgeous (and the article wasn't too bad, either). But it's hard to stomach looking at a woman wearing a Gucci dress that costs 7 times Kenya's GNI, and a photo shoot in Africa were the only black African pictured is a blurry Maasai in the background that looks like a prop.
  8. One option is to hire a boat and guide from Marineland Harbor: http://www.marineland.co.zw
  9. From the below linked article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/05/19/when-nest-cams-get-gruesome-some-viewers-cant-take-it/
  10. Great post. Birdlife distributed some excellent fliers in Maun, Botswana. I kept them displayed on my overland truck's notice board for my clients to read as most people had no idea how threatened vultures are or how important they are to eco-systems.
  11. Agreed. Awards from major publications are now often determined by internet voting. He who has the most facebook friends wins!
  12. Thank you for the detailed explanation. As someone who has visited this park both via self drive and via lodge I will say I've seen bad behavior by both self drivers and lodge vehicles in this area of the park and I'm glad there are efforts to reduce this. Yet it seems sad and unfair to just punish the one group.
  13. Walia Ibex. Simiens Mountains, Ethiopia.
  14. What? No Sloth Bears?! Found this guy in Chitwan in Nepal. Looks like he had a chunk taken out of his back, wonder what happened to him.
  15. This company does truly outstanding birding and photography trips: http://www.rockjumperbirding.com/tours/destinations/india?crumb=birding-tours-asia

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