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  1. as is usual there are a whole lot of people there looking for cats who have no idea that this is really rhinoland one of them actually asked me if I had seen many after I explain why they were not many around and that my main interest was rhinos another lot on an art tour , as I commented before many take don't investigate wildlife that much, it is kind of like you are going to art galleries your main interest is old master and somehow you end up at the museum of modern art
  2. The area deserves protection but the opinions of those in power are against it well at least those reports listing sarah pallin as a -possible interior secretary did not come true
  3. the other guests were friendly and interesting an American couple had their young son actually use the swimming pool putting my hand in the water it felt ok but no one else swam in my 7 days there
  4. It would be good if you get plane seats at the start of a block so your husband can stretch his legs use a doctors letter if they ask for one
  5. so nth Korea does not fully fund embassies , they are expected to raise money and do it locally abusing diplomatic immunity rhino horn, ivory, untaxed alchol and tobacco . the wildlife products go directly to Chinese organised crime for hard currency African nations are breaking of diplomatic relations over this I am disgusted please see DIPLOMATS AND DECEIT REPORT global iniatiative against transnational organized CRIME North Korean Diplomats Accused of Smuggling Ivory and Rhino Horn Rachel Nuwer, National Geographic October 16, 2017 the diplomatic service was never intended for this, NTH Korean diplomats were linked in the media to late 1980's large scale ivory shipments
  6. Samburu is an area with rugged delightful scenery and distinctive local animals for save the elephants please see the BBC DVD The secret life of elephants
  7. if you want a more elephant based experience you might like to consider elephant watch camp in Samburu in place of Saruni they are operated by Save the Elephants and the guides have the radio collar readings
  8. Conservation management is strongly shaped by the interpretation of population trends. In the Serengeti ecosystem, Tanzania, aerial total counts indicate a striking increase in elephant abundance compared to all previous censuses. We developed a simple age-structured population model to guide interpretation of this reported increase, focusing on three possible causes: (1) in situ population growth, (2) immigration from Kenya, and (3) differences in counting methodologies over time. No single cause, nor the combination of two causes, adequately explained the observed population growth. OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE CONTINUES
  9. more elephant poisonings and in a new area 13 jumbos die in ‘cyanide poisoning’ (Zimbabwe) Leonard Ncube, The Chronicle October 14, 2017 Thirteen elephants were found dead in a bush between Fuller Forest and Chikandakubi area outside Victoria Falls town on Wednesday in yet another suspected case of cyanide poisoning story continues
  10. so now the UK government is proposing an ivory trade ban with consultation up to 29 DEC 2017 it will allow exemptions 1 Allowing the continued sale of musical instruments which contain ivory. 2 Allowing the continued sale of items which contain a small percentage of ivory, and where the ivory is integral to the item – a ‘de minimis’ exemption. 3 Allowing the continued sale of items which are of significant artistic, cultural and historic value. 4 Allowing the continued sale of ivory to museums, and between museums.’ please see UK ivory ban proposals include musical instrument exemption The Strad October 9, 2017 it is time for the trade to totally go 1 it is no longer necessary to use ivory for musical instruments 2 banning the ivory trade is integral to the survival of elephants , lets forget items and commodity trade , elephants are integral to all life 3 no way see point 2 above , art and history is not limited to ivory , ivory can be made to look old if stained with tea , sales should only be allowed with radio carbon dating at the expense of the merchant ,this involves part destruction of the item 4 no more continued ivory in galleries or museums , with the sole exemptions for displays about threats to elephants with raw ivory covered with blood and dirt the time has come to say that ivory is killing, murder and death
  11. mention that you will be on honeymoon , the operator might give a free bonus Kenya safety ok the planes to the Mara are small 12 passenger capacity jets your luggage allowance is 15 kg for checked and cabin bags combined this has to be packed into a soft sports bag some people react to the movement of the planes think of seabands and Quell or similar motion sickness tablets
  12. here is an interesting report for protected areas from 2010 to 2015 a total of 4243 reports of illegal use of natural resources were evaluated and mapped. These reports generated US$ 224.6 million in fines. Overall, 27 types of illegal uses of natural resources were found, with the most commonly registered illegal activities related to the suppression and degradation of vegetation (37.36%), followed by illegal fishing (27.34%) and hunting activities (18.15%). please see>. this is only the detected cases
  13. this scheme is a great idea to give high achieving rangers very much deserved and publicised recognition for their great work a very public form of thanks for fantastic work
  14. there are risks with some places ,but blanket bans are not the best approach to take
  15. more and more are being involved in the illegal wildlife trade the NAT GEOGRAPHIC article is very interesting hippos are caught in snares when they come out of the water to graze, then snared if you leave out snares they can catch anyone the attraction is for bush meat and the teeth overall the price is much cheaper than elephant ivory ,so the market can be much larger within the trade it is a chain, with people not knowing who is up top , so a few who are lower down get caught and replaced ,the overall trade goes on who knows how far it goes , I have serious doubts if it is just a legal trade via Hong Kong from the few source countries mentioned in the articles hiding hippo teeth amongst timber being moved, this is just what the elephant ivory trade does just in recent times there have been warning about risks facing elephants, rhinos, pangolins, lions, cheetahs ,wild dogs, hirona most acutely, and a serious situation for plains zebras, giraffes and hippos this is just Africa, many regions of the world are doing poorly with wildlife we have mass deforestation in multiple regions of the world there are solutions , but they are not being used extensively anywhere come on give it a go , we have only one natural world and destruction is not an acceptable outcome we are becoming more and more odd, the economy is all, just accept what you are offered, consume, consume ,consume call me odd but I have never had a sacred experience in a shopping centre

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