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  1. Having just tripped over this in the archives, I'm bursting with curiosity. How did the hunt go?
  2. Sorry if you've answered this before, but your lens and camera?
  3. When I can afford it , yes. Without a smidgen of doubt...a worthwhile target to aim at.
  4. Thank you Mike Bailey. I too had a years'-long love affair with Selinda/Zibalianja, and will enjoy following this-- even though I generally avoid dwelling on good times that end sadly.
  5. Ecstasy! Where have you been the rest of my life?
  6. Well said, Sangeeta. I'll say just one other thing. Dikdik's opinion that animal rights advocates "are counter productive and wasteful of funds and often damaging to genuine conservation initiatives" can be applied equally to any government or NGO claiming to be working for conservation. They all have agendas which divert them from what most of us would call reasonable objectives, and governments in particular are riddled with compromises if not outright bureaucratic corruption.
  7. "Bottom line: SA Luxury lodges offer too much pampering that can be found everywhere in the world, and much less adventure. For a much higher price than similar accommodations around the world." Applies of course to the high-priced lodges/camps anywhere in Africa. They tend to cater for the more timid traveler, so if the international situation is a bit scary, their occupancy rates go down drastically unless they are flexible and sensible enough to offer much cheaper deals at such times. Many did this in 2002 but few seem to have the expertise to judge when to do it in grayer (less black-and-white) times.
  8. Did I say that? I was trying to suggest in a gentle way that anybody genuinely interested in the very subjective art of photography might want to think more deeply about why a particular photo wins a prestigious award, and not just dismiss it out of hand. Those not interested, of course, need not bother. It's ironic that only in the past day or so, a couple of people here took umbrage at somebody else suggesting rather snobbishly that many (most?) of the photos in this place are just 'snapshots'. I did not expect to find photo snobbery here.
  9. These things usually go in cycles, and also depend on luck. I was in the Linyanti at the same time and saw only a few lions but the talk was that there were plenty around. Then two years later, I saw up to 40 in one visit. I don't think it's been as good as that for some years now.
  10. Britta Jaschinski is a photo journalist who thinks outside the square. While her work is not for everybody, her impressive CV of exhibitions and award-winning photos demonstrate that she has enough aficianados to satisfy most photographers...and more than most of us might aspire to.
  11. For a moment, reading the latest responses, I wondered if I had indeed advocated shooting poachers as the only solution. So I checked and found the above. It's interesting how such points are ignored. I believe a multi-faceted approach is the only way to make an impact on poaching. But I'm not fool enough to think that law-makers are likely to make it legal to shoot poachers (unless a ranger can present a damn good case that he believes his own life is in danger). Unfortunately, I also believe law-makers will never impose penalties strong enough to deter poaching to a significant extent. They are human, after all, and it is difficult for humans to put other animal species ahead of themselves. Thousands of good people like twaffle, zaminoz, and nyamera can lobby as hard as they like until the cows come home, but it will be in vain. So we are seriously behind the eight-ball, if I use an American expression correctly. But I do seem to recall that in past decades, some of the few successful anti-poaching campaigns in Africa involved a degree of "rough justice". It didn't last, of course...those who used such tactics got old, and undeserved human rights (as opposed to deserved or earned human rights) reared their ugly head.
  12. As a liberal kind of person, I would have agreed with this totally some years ago. But since then I've gained little faith in the justice system designed by humans for humans in relation to human rights versus animal rights. Look at this story. Some will feel the penalties for these offenders are adequate. I don't. It's as simple as that. If a situation arose where I could save an animal's life by neutralizing a poacher, I would try. I don't advocate wholesale vigilante action, but as dikdik says, there is a variety of poachers and there should be a variety of approaches to the problem. One should be to apply as much heat as possible to poachers in the field, eliminating those caught red-handed to persuade others to more readily give evidence against those who hire them and to deter still more from being hired. Petty jail terms and fines don't do the trick. Look, if human behavior towards animals generally justified our species being protected by "human rights", I would have no argument. But many don't deserve that protection.
  13. Interesting thread. Compliments to GW for starting it. I regret two things that prevented me from seeing everything that was posted-- that I'm unable to drop in often and that the discussion descended to a point which prompted censorship. Pity. I have to say that there would be many occasions when I would put animal rights ahead of human rights, so naturally I'd say there's a place for "rough justice" in conservation.
  14. Probably not too bad a thing on a forum like this, but not an attitude I support generally because it encourages misuse of images. The internet has made theft of intellectual property easy enough without further encouragement. If you say it's OK, every freeloader out there thinks they can do the same with other photographers' work. I freely give permission for worthy causes such as conservation organisations to use my pics if they have the courtesy to ask, but I insist on a photo credit. Those who I detect using images without my permission are told in no uncertain terms to desist...and interestingly, most of them do as I ask. You should consider that a TA using one of your pics without permission is depriving a photographer of income for his or her hard work and expertise.
  15. "Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." Ralph Waldo Emerson Kavey, maybe the guilty passenger took your quote to heart. Crocs, after all, are beautiful like any other animal.

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