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  1. Thanks for your answer @@inyathi it would be interesting to hear from people in the future, about where Zakoumas abundant wetland birds breed. In Luangwa and Liuwa waterbirds breed in the wet season, with the chicks fledging towards the end of the wet season. Are kudu in Zakouma scarce? I don't remember seeing many pictures of them?.
  2. http://mailchi.mp/african-parks/announcement-benin?e=[uNIQID] And on the AP website: https://www.african-parks.org/newsroom/press-releases/a-major-agreement-to-revitalise-the-last-large-wildlife-reserve-in-west-and-central-africa
  3. Have you tried various Africa/insect/creepy-crawlies facebook groups?
  4. Excuse my ignorance. There are incredible numbers of birds in Zakouma. Do cranes, pelicans, yellow-billed stork and marabou storks breed in the park too?
  5. A wishlist...These are a view areas which spring to mind. The WAP area (Pendjair-Arly-W) in Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger. Or any subset of it. Niokolo-Koba in Senegal (small populations of elephants, lions, giant sable and wild dogs left). Dinder NP in Sudan seems to hold reasonable numbers of animals, Manovo-Gounda-Saint-Flores NP in CAR might hold viable animal populations, some area in South Sudan are very much worth protecting. Basically any area with wildlife left in central and western Africa is worth protecting from an animal conservation point of view. Large areas in south-east Angola could prove to be incredible wildlife areas if given the chance to recover (Luiana, Mucosso, Luengue, Longa Mavinga), Cameia NP could be a fantastic destination but I'm not sure if there are any viable mammal populations left. Cangadala and/or Luando are worth protecting just because these are the only areas where small populations of one of the rarest antelopes are left (giant sables). And Kafue NP in Zambia could benefit from increased funding.
  6. The North of The Netherlands is sometimes hit by earthquakes for which there is considerable evidence that they're linked to gas production. However, those earthquakes are usually hardly felt, of magnitude <3. Same in areas in the US. An earthquake of this magnitude, 6.5, is considerable. To link that to fracking, I'd say, is a stretch. Is there a lot of fracking in that region? Have there been lots of little quakes previously?
  7. Wonderful images! In the first b/w elephant picture the scale seems to have been lost, making it look like a miniature elephant. I love it.
  8. I'm clearly missing something. What news is there about elephants in Chad? Any links?
  9. What usually happens when somebody breaks the perimeter of the vehicle, by standing up for example, is that the lions will recognise him/her as a human and get up and run off. In most areas in Africa lions actually fear people. The usual flight distance varies from place to place, but when you're in a car you're usually closer to the lion than this flight distance. So if you then suddenly stand out as a human, the lions usually will run off (if they can, if they feel trapped between bushes and the cars, or if there are cubs who can't get out of the situation quickly enough things might turn out differently).
  10. Usually the first packs in Luangwa start denning in May and the last ones stop denning in September. For Luangwa your best bet will be September (but it gets hotter by the day in September). Mana Pools at that time is also a good time for dogs.
  11. Would you put money in a bank account with a big negative interest rate and trust the bank to come up with positive interest rates in the future?
  12. You can be left wing and capitalist...Capitalism is the best model. At the same time, I don't see anything bad to have this capitalist environment be influenced by socialist ideas to ensure access to decent health care, education, environmental health and labour rights. I've lived in quite a few countries. And in the most capitalistic country I've lived, health care, good education, environmental health and labour rights are things not accessible for the majority of people.
  13. Yes, there a quite a few very rich people who put money towards conservation, and they do a good job and should be commended for it. But it comes to the essence of my question. For them it's something they can afford, a luxury, not a necessity. Or maybe their world view changed and they see it as a necessity now that they don't have to worry about anything else anymore. Why is it that nobody questions the salaries paid by charities to doctors to do research into diseases. They do good, important work, have studied long and hard etc. But when it comes to conservation it is expected to be done by volunteers, or for meager salaries? They do good, important work too, have often studied just as long and hard. And continental scale, and world scale conservation work has a huge potential to improve quality and security of people's life.
  14. There are also many people who believe that god gave humanity dominion over animals. But it appears humans don't really know the extend of the effects of their actions. This would suggest a careful approach to any intervention, however, if there's money in it, those who profit, will always argue that they should be able to harvest more (fish, mammals, trees etc). Especially in a capitalistic world where making profit is not enough, but making more profit is what counts.
  15. If forgot about that! The gape is a good characteristic but you have to remember it is quite variable, and like pault mentioned it can be hard to see in the field if the gape extends to the middle of the eye or beyond it, taking the distance to the bird, light conditions, angle between you and the head etc into consideration. You can expect steppe eagles in most of eastern Africa, up to northern South Africa, and across Zambia, Angola, southern DRC and northern Namibia. There are at least two other brown eagles in Africa..the golden eagle. But that one is mostly restricted to mountain ranges. And the greater spotted eagle, but that mostly winters in the east up to northern Kenya.

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