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  1. I have enjoyed following each step of this report about my favourite park - from your excellent commentary, thoughts and observations to your great photos - Many Thanks @Grasshopper_Club.
  2. What an amazing sighting! I would never imagined that a caracal would tackle an adult Thompsons Gazelle. Superb photos @africaaddict. I've waited longer than 36 years but now I have renewed hope that maybe one day......?!
  3. Excellent sightings from the start @mopsy and fascinating to see Ruaha in the green season - so different from my two visits in the dry season. What sort of daytime temperatures were you experiencing and was humidity a problem?
  4. @Grasshopper_Club so pleased that Nanzhila delivered so much for you. I well know that feeling of sadness on leaving. I was very interested that your elands were so relaxed - I 've only seen them once at Nanzhila and the herd I saw raced off very quickly. Did you also get to see the wildebeest? Now looking forward to more of your Kafue adventure.
  5. Thanks for taking me on another amazing journey @Botswanadreams - those magnificent landscapes, the streetscapes, the architecture, the history, the proud tribes and ancient customs, the religious festivals and those prize winning parasols! and so much more all ending with the amazing Danakil Depression with for me shades of Wilfred Thesiger's stories of his trips amongst the fierce and warlike Danakils (now Afar) in that hot and arid world. What a truly gutsy effort @Botswanadreamsto take that rough and ready camel trip to Erta Ale ( methinks I would have piked out on that) but what a memorable experience it would have been. Count me in as an online voyager with your next safari which I think I read somewhere maybe Ethiopia again. Wherever I'll look forward to it. PS When you get a moment Show us the Tribes and Peoples of Africa is waiting for some of your great portraits!
  6. Yes truly a day to remember @Grasshopper_Club
  7. Frankly @optig I found the article to be pretty superficial. Under a sub heading Elephants have an aesthetic value it has a photo of a baby elephant under some waterfall with the footer cute baby elephant takes a bath (TwistedSifter). My check of that TwistedSifter site showed the photo came from a post in May 2012 and it looks to me as if the elephant is in some zoo like background rather than natural surroundings. The article talks about elephants being change agents or transformative species and how Amboseli was changed from forest to savannah by elephants knocking down trees. I found the following statement most surprising:- Seeing and touching an elephant is actually on most people's bucket list. Seeing elephants on safari definitely but touching an elephant has never been on my bucket list!
  8. Excellent description of Nanzhila @Grasshopper_Club - I'm starting to think that like me you might be becoming hooked on it! As you say you Steve and Cindy have a real passion for Nanzhila and Steve has a great interest and knowledge of the park and its history. Well with those cheetahs in the morning you've really whet the appetite for what you're going to see on the afternoon and night drive.
  9. The perfect match for me too @Grasshopper_Club - and what a great start with Nanzhila Plains Camp a favourite of mine. Always love the antelopes down at Nanzhila in all their variety and I see Lichtensteins Hartebeest mixing in with those Roan. Looking forward to finding out what else Nanzhila had to offer you.
  10. @Steven NY & @gatoratlarge - they're Blue Monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis) Thanks for this TR @Steven NY - really enjoyed your photos - particularly like the dancing vervets and that beautiful photo looking down into the crater brought a wave of nostalgia as I recalled that awe-inspiring sight on my first visit to Africa in June 1973.
  11. @inyathi - Yes I see what you mean in saying a total ban wouldn’t make any difference to speak of in the current situation relating to local African communities and I accept what you say. I saw a lot of merit in Walker’s proposals for a legal trade of “guilt free ivory” as explained in his article which could assist both parks and local communities. I can’t get away from the feeling that if the world is effectively saying that African wildlife is a heritage belonging to all of us and therefore imposes bans on ivory trading then those bans should, in my view, be accompanied with more financial aid from the world powers in working with African wildlife preservation and local communities.
  12. Wow - what a special New Year visitor to your beautiful property. Do bobcats lead solitary lives @marg?
  13. @optig Whilst reading the Mary Rice article against Ivory Trade that you linked to I noted the following link to the counter argument for legal trade by John Frederick Walker In that article I was interested to read the following:- "How much of that guilt-free ivory is available? An unexploited elephant population produces approximately 0.2 kilograms of ivory per animal per year. Poaching, along with the difficulty of recovering tusks in the bush, reduces the amount available. Still, some 20 tons a year are found and stockpiled in the warehouses of the park systems of the sub-Saharan African states that have elephant populations. Since no elephants are harmed in its collection, CITES considers this stockpiled ivory legal, along with the ivory from elephants shot for justifiable management reasons (such as controlling problem animals), which contributes roughly a similar amount a year to African stockpiles. Any “blood ivory” recovered from poachers cannot be sold under CITES regulations, which is as it should be; but sadly, hundreds of tons of blameless, legal ivory can’t either, because the governments that are signatories to CITES can’t agree on easing the current trade ban. This is a tragedy for Africans, who can’t benefit from a natural resource that’s theirs, and for elephants, which could benefit if new revenues were available for conservation programs that are currently underfunded. " Admittedly both articles were written in 2014 but Walker states that 20 tons of ivory were then being stockpiled from deaths by natural mortality or due to problem animals. I don't pretend to know the answer but I feel very strongly that for any proposed solution to be successful then there must be consideration for and a benefit to the local African communities - a benefit that they can see and understand. I would be interested to learn what benefits to local communities, if any, would flow if a total ban on ivory trade is imposed. PS It may be of interest to some to know that John Frederick Walker was interviewed on this site years back and still the debate continues.
  14. A fascinating report about a little known area @jeremie accompanied by some beautiful photos. Thank you. I assume the eggs in #3 on the plains belong to a rhea. Great photo of Southern Tamandua (I confess the name Tamandua is a new one for me!) in the first #5 photo but why's he standing? Intrigued by the lovely colouring of the armadillo in #6 and can I assume that's a crab eating fox in #6? (another new one for me!).
  15. I'm still waiting! Have you seen caracal @Geoff? More wonderful photos to enjoy - that last one of Luambe is hauntingly beautiful.

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