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  1. Hi all, My name is Mikkel and I have made an infographic about the poaching situation in Africa. I am an editor on the Danish safari blog: Safari Tanzania. After writing an article about poaching in Africa, I got inspired to make an infographic where I wanted to emphasize the most important issues and facts on poaching, as they are discussed among NGO's and involved news sites. In the last part of the graphic, I tried to encourage people to act through donations, adoptions and fundraising. All images are clickable and linked directly to the reference source, including articles and videos for further explanation. Please see the infographic following this link: http://safaritanzania.dk/stop-poaching/ (works best on a pc). It is made in collaboration with Kruger National Park and the sustainability-driven Kipling. I hope you like it
  2. I have been doing safaris in India since 1990. But never thought i would get so lucky ever. It was December 2014, i was searching for Wild Elephants in Dudhwa National Park. Saw them at a distance of about 50 meters, it was late evening, dipping light, mist did not help, and i started to take photographs. Suddenly noticed some crouching movement between myself and the Elephants, Focussed and i could not believe my luck, a Tiger. he was stalking the baby elephant, maybe a month old, and the cow Elephant was very cautious. The Elephants would trumpet, try to scare the Tiger away, but he remained focussed, with a mission possessed, and did not leave his ground. Having watched the scene for over 20 minutes we had to leave the park as the safari time had come to a close. Left with a heavy and a praying heart that God save the baby. I left Dudhwa after 2 days, it was only after 7 days that my driver called and said, "' Sir the baby is safe, and i saw him today during the safari", was i releaved would be an understatement. Sharing the images here. Detailed article titled The Dudhwa Drama on below link www.naturesafariindia.com
  3. I received the 2015 Lewa anual report. http://www.lewa.org/fileadmin/user/pdf/Lewa_Wildlife_Conservancy_2015_Annual_Report_PDF.pdf Concerning wildlife, there are many good news: Lewa did not loose any rhinos in 2015, poaching indicators (PIKE) are decreasing in the region since the 2012 peak, and key species populations are on the increase in 2015 (giraffes, rhinos, grey zebras, buffaloes).
  4. http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-d-africa-animals-main-20150830-story.html in the travel section.
  5. This article was on the front page of my morning paper about a South African rhino rescue facility. Nice large color photo of two calves. Another article I found here points out the importance of knowing who you're donating to (the one in both articles being legitimate): “I think people need to understand that there are some good orphanages and some really bad ones. The more we have opening up, the more problems we are having,” Thomas says.
  6. http://www.businessinsider.com/texans-offer-sanctuary-to-endangered-african-rhinos-2015-5 This article from Reuters News Agency explains the proposal by animal welfare groups to bring orphaned baby white rhinos to Texas private ranches for protection. The Second Ark Foundation said that the rhinos wouldn't be hunted. They would be kept under surveillance, their horns microchipped, their DNA sequences stored in a database.
  7. In honor of my upcoming 40th birthday, I am raising money for rhinos! I have 10-12 organizations that I hope to make donations to, including Wildlife Trust India, International Rhino Foundation, and more. The more I raise, the more I will be able to give each organization! Find out more and donate at http://www.crowdrise.com/jeremysrhinowish
  8. In honor of my upcoming 40th birthday, I am raising money for rhinos! I have 10-12 organizations that I hope to make donations to, including Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Lewa Conservancy, Saving the Survivors, Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage, Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit, and more. The more I raise, the more I will be able to give each organization! Find out more and donate at http://www.crowdrise.com/jeremysrhinowish
  9. What in the heck is going on in Kenya? Over the past week, it seems I've gotten devastating news after news from folks on the ground. 1 Rhino - the Mara 2 Rhino - Nakuru Park 5 Rhino - Ruma (nr Lake Victoria) via "horrendous wildfire" 2 Eles - outside Nyakweri Forest several lions - in the Mara, speared & one "injured with a projectile" And apparently a fire set in the north as well that drove eles and others to flee and may have been poachers...is it just me or does this seem like a horrific uptick, very suddenly? And a lot more professional than previous poaching efforts seemed (at least in the Mara)... And two reports of maneaters in the Mara, which is no good for anyone...
  10. It was a truly magical experience! 13 days in India, first half in the marsh lands of Kaziranga in search for Asiatic Rhino, herds of wild Asiatic Elephant, Otter and Greater Hornbill. The other half was spent in Kanha where Tigers, Sloth Bears, Jungle Cats, Leopards and tons of birds welcomed me. See below for highlights of my trip! Kaziranga: Kanha: If you would like to see more of my wildlife photos visit www.dannynovalphotography.com. And feel free to ask me any questions about my trip! Ill be posting some of my Tanzanian safari photos soon, and keep your eyes peeled for a North American Safari! Thanks so much! Danny
  11. Paula Kahumbu, a very vocal wildlife campaigner from Kenya has an article in today's Guardian. Why we are losing the battle to save wildlife One of the things she writes is this... "western countries aren’t doing enough to support the efforts of poor countries targeted by wildlife traffickers, like Kenya and Nepal, that don’t have the resources to take on organised crime on their own." I have huge respect for Paula Kahumbu but at times she really winds me up. Countries like Kenya need to make better use of the vast amounts of money that they are given by western countries and the money that is spent on wildlife tourism by western visitors and the vast amount donated to the various wildlife charities and NGOs, instead of constantly standing there with their hands out. Western countries are neither the primary buyer of illegal ivory and rhino horn, nor are they the source. Doesn't she realise that it is largely through the efforts of westerners and their love of and commitment to Kenya's wildlife that anything is being done at all.
  12. just read that &BEYOND AND GREAT PLAINS CONSERVATION JOIN FORCES TO TRANSLOCATE UP TO 100 RHINO FROM SA TO BOTSWANA http://www.andbeyond.com/media/press-room/ Hunters may criticize the Jouberts but their initiative will once again raise the profile of Botswana in terms of conservation.
  13. Last year I was in India from the end of March to the middle of April, very hot and REALLY REALLY good sightings. You can check out last years report here: http://safaritalk.net/topic/8978-recently-visited-kaziranga-and-kanha/ This year I traveled from the end of Feb through the middle of March. I knew that the weather was going to be a bit colder and Tiger sightings were not as good in Kanha since the government had been regulating the drives in Mukki and got rid of the elephant shows completely. But I sucked it up, left it all to the universe and promised myself that I was going to have a wonderful time even if I saw nothing. Last year I saw a total of 5 Tigers in Kanha, 3 on the elephant show and 2 tiger on the truck during a total of 7 drives (this included 1 leopard sighting plus a wonderful sloth bear experience). During this most recent trip I was lucky enough to have a total of 3 tiger sightings, one of which was a magical stalking/hunting moment, one was a completely private huge male tiger all to ourselves and one which included a moment of pandemonium and hysteria (a total of 27 trucks I counted). These 3 tiger sightings were mixed in a total of 9 drives. The drives were absolutely breathtaking, filled with all sorts of other natural gifts including a 2 minute spectacled cobra mating session. But no leopard or sloth bear sightings this year. Most of our drives were at Kanha Gate, and the rest were spread out between Mukki and Kisli. Personally, Mukki is where it's at. If you hear an alarm call, bam, you are in the middle of the action, even if it feels like a distance away, a quick zip drive and you are there. Now, to say that we didn't feel or see the frustration from other guests/safari enthusiasts is an understatement. It was palpable. Guests at our lodge checked out early due to their lack of patience and understanding that these are wild animals and that this was not Africa. Other people on trucks would yell at their guides while others would brag about their sightings just to get a rise out of passing guests. We decided to keep our lucky stories to ourselves while wishing luck to everyone that we came across. I personally have had amazing luck on all of my safaris, including in Kaziranga which I will go into a bit later, but Kanha did disappoint a little in my eyes. There were two days where all we saw were Spotted Deer and Soft Ground Barasinga, gorgeous animals, dont get me wrong, but because of the weather being so chilly, the removal of the elephant, the restrictions of park permits and then just sheer luck playing into the game I really dont know if I would return to Kanha for more than three nights. It just wasn't worth the money (for an extra 2 nights) and to be honest, the stress, people behaved like animals. Indian Wildlife tourism is so different compared to Africa. We witnessed people on elephant back playing music on their cell phones in Kaziranga. During one of our tiger sightings (27 car pile up), cars were backing into each other, flash bulbs were strobing and people were screaming on the top of their lungs arguing and whooping in excitement. You would have thought Madonna had walked out of the bamboo. Thats the only way I can describe it. It felt like the paparazzi. Living here in NYC I have seen my share of the paparazzi at work and I had NEVER witnessed anything like this. On top of all of this you then have the talking and the littering that happens through out the day. India still has a lot of work to do in terms of wildlife tourism, and Kaziranga is an amazing triumph and example of this, but when it comes to Tiger viewing, something needs to be done. During our Kanha stay we lodged at Shergarh tented camp. UH-mazing food and sooooo comfortable. Everyone was great. If you do ever make it out to Kanha I suggest staying here. Their approach is all about conservation, down to the non-chlorine natural pool that they are building. In fact, one of the greatest gifts I think anyone could have ever given me was from the lodge owner, Katie, when she asked us if we would like to see our dinner be killed. As an American, we never think of our food being alive clucking around, it was a life changing experience and I honestly think everyone should witness this (Don't worry, no pictures) at least once in their lives. But all in all, I think next year I will 100% return to Kanha, but for not as many days as I did this time and during a much warmer time of the year. Next year, I will absolutely include Tadoba in my trip after seeing Kittys trip report, wow! I dont know, maybe after hearing all of your feedback I will be whipped back into my place, but I am excited to hear your thoughts about Kanha. Coming: Videos of the Kanha experience plus Kaziranga!

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