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Peter de Vere Moss

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  1. Thank you - a superb record!
  2. More superb photographs - what a wonderful advertisement for Kafue National Park and Kaingu Lodge! Thank you
  3. Superb photographs - a wonderful reflection of what Kafue National Park is all about! M/tks
  4. It has been accepted for a long time that there is an interface between Kinda and yellow baboons in the Kafue National Park, usually thought to be somewhere in central KNP as illustrated in Map 85 of Frank Ansell’s Mammals of Zambia 1978. A fairly recent paper: American Journal of Primatology 73:291–303 (2011) RESEARCH ARTICLE Kinda Baboons (Papio kindae) and Grayfoot Chacma Baboons (P. ursinus griseipes) Hybridize in the Kafue River Valley, Zambia. C.J. JOLLY1, A.S. BURRELL1, J.E. PHILLIPS-CONROY2, C. BERGEY1, AND J. ROGERS3 1New York University, Anthropology, New York, New York 2Washington University School of Medicine, Anatomy and Neurobiology, Missouri 3Baylor College of Medicine-Human Genome Sequencing Center, Houston, Texas” provides some more up to date information suggesting that they interface near Ngoma where they may also hybridize.. Hope this helps.
  5. Fascinating record of how it was and still is to some extent in Kafue National Park and the land of the Mashukulumbwe/baIla pasroralists who continue to herd their cattle in the traditional way on the Kafue Flats nearby…I wonder whether Sheilah’s album contains any more photos of wildlife? M/tks
  6. It is great that there are still wild lands where predators and prey can behave naturally like you have just recorded. Let us all do what we can to support those who work so hard to preserve these places in the face of pressure from ever growing populations and economics; sustainable tourism which, as the Travel Foundation www.thetravelfoundation.org.uk states "protects and enhances the environment and improves the well-being of destination communities, as well as the holiday experience for visitors” is surely one of the best ways...
  7. Wonderful record of how a lion kills and how the big cat deals with the rain!
  8. Great footage in the true spirit of Kafue - world class national park, adeptly showing the rivebank levees and adjacent lagoons that typify this wild ancient landscape! Well done and thanks!
  9. I have had a further look at the film and referring to Rolf Shenton's message of 04 December I think that the person to Barry Shenton's left shaking hands is Johnny Uys and the Game Guard escorting the visitors is Ernest Mulilo, both of whom I worked with in the days of NPWS. Sadly Johnny was killed by an elephant in 1973 in Zimbabwe and Ernest died from leukaemia in 1978 after a long struggle. Both were outstandingly knowledgeable and respected officers who made tremendous contributions to the development of the park.
  10. Very good point! In the first management plan, completed in 1976, there is a section on factors infkuencing the distribution and size of animal populations where it states that annual uncontrolled bush fire is a major factor and that poaching was insignificant, quote: "...During the period 1965-1973 there were 57 cases of poaching inside the Park...It seems highly unlikely therefore that poaching is a significant population regulatory factor except in certain atypical situations such as along the uncertain northern Busanga swamp (Masozhi-Kasompe) boundary...With the existing deployment of Guard Posts; the patrolling system; aerial surveys; increase in visitor traffic and use of the surrounding GMA's for safari hunting, there is little opportunity for commercial poaching to develop. At present the level of poaching is very low and confined to unlicensed village subsistence hunting."
  11. Many thanks for this fine piece of KNP history that I have seen before but I do not recognize anyone except perhaps the Game Guard. Having lived at Ngoma in the nineteen-sixties and seventies I am familiar with all the scenes, the airstrip, Ngoma Lodge, the Sacred Tree, even the Dakota! etc; the tragedy that I see is that 38-bed Ngoma, which was once the most patronised lodge in the country, is now derelict…the good news since those early days, is that there are now 5 lodges, the GRI Elephant Orphanage Project and wonderful Lake Itezhi-Tezhi in the Ngoma vicinity and there is a likelihood that there will be regular flights again from Livingstone and Lusaka starting in 2015 And now, after many years of inadequate protection, the game is recovering well everywhere…the rocks and fishing were at the Itezhi-Tezhi rapids, exactly where the dam was constructed and are under 30m of water to-day!
  12. At the risk of being a a little repetitive, I should have added that the KNP 2015 ST safari @@Soukous takes in the huge Central Sector, 7,000 km2, nearly a third of the park, that has only recently been opened to visitors and this area includes 8 of the Kafue River's main tributaries. Well dispersed water sources therefore make this one of the best parts of the park for all kinds of wildlife, offering some of the best viewing anywhere throughout the year. Sadly the rhino, once common there, have gone, but Central KNP remains famously as the land of large herds of buffalo, elephant, eland, roan and sable and nearly all the other KNP antelope species together with attendant lion, cheetah and leopard and the smaller mammals mentioned earlier by @@Safaridude. A great safari for those who want the "real thing" accompanied by an expert wildlife guide and photographer.
  13. Quite, but it is my sincere opinion @@Soukous In my view the central and southern areas of KNP simply do not get the publicity they deserve and I am sure your safari will be a highly rewarding experience for those lucky enough to participate and that will do a lot to rectify the problem...! Re-opening of the all-weather Spinal Road of course makes the whole thing possible...
  14. For anyone contemplating this safari, I would like to add a few thoughts to the comments already made that, unlike many whistle-stop trips, the itinerary for this safari clearly provides enough time at each overnight stopping point/lodge to explore and get to know the central and southern parts of Kafue NP. The route embraces a myriad of habitats: rivers (some spectacular stretches of the Kafue, the Shishamba and the Nanzhila), lagoons, hills, dambos, floodplains, savannas, woodlands, forests, thickets, hot springs and the wide open waters of Lake Itezhi-Tezhi 380 km2, culminating in a visit to the Zambezi and Victoria Falls. Kafue NP is vast, the size of Wales, larger than Kruger or Etosha with which it is often compared, and it definitely needs the kind of time that this safari offers to be able to really appreciate the place and the tremendous wildlife to be found there. There are 515 species of birds on the park’s checklist and a visitor to Steve Smith’s Nanzhila Plains Safari Camp, recently sighted 34 species of larger mammals in two days which included night drives that are organized there.

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