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  1. I have just noticed a programme on BBC4 which has just started called Trophy: The Big Game Hunting. For anyone in the UK or who can access it via the iplayer it may be an interesting program. It is looking at Hunting, breeding and conservation in Africa and the US. Storyville is a documentary series and in my opinion quite a good one. I’m recording it myself as I’m watching Winter Watch!
  2. The Chinko project in Central African Republic is locking to be a real success story! In one of Africa’s most conflict torn countries this project that started as a hunting concession but evolved to a hunting concession in the core area and a protected area around it with community work and conservation hand in hand. A lot of research and anitpoaching is under way and the wildlife seems to be on the rise. This is wonderful new because the central African wildlife and the unique nature has been under enormous threat and in risk of total or almost total extinction. This project seem to be a good example of conservation and what I think the only way we are going to save big parts of the African wildlife and nature. Without giving wildlife areas and wildlife a value for the local people and for the government this last wild areas will succumb to farms of different kinds poaching or other ways of making money and food. And no wonder, food is a necessity and if an area is not economical viable then no one is going to protect it. Soon serious photgraphers and tourists can come here and experience a African wildlife that is unique Here are some links to both the hunting company that initiated the hole process and to the Chinko project
  3. ~ This article from Scout compares the relative advantage of game hunting in Texas and Africa, with special reference to accommodations, range of species, landscape and overall conditions. The case for Texas centers on comfort and convenience, as well as the availability of what are described as “Africa extinct species”. Africa is touted as being the sole location for hunting dangerous game.
  4. Roger Whittall. With 50 years hands-on experience in wildlife management and big game hunting, Roger Whittall is one of Africa´s most distinguished and respected safari operators/conservationists, and the driving force behind Roger Whittall Safaris. As far back as the 1960s, in an era dominated by cattle ranching, Roger was championing wildlife − translocating herds of plainsgame to his land, (Humani, in Zimbabwe´s south-east lowveld), from areas where they were being shot out, to make way for cropping projects. Roger´s visionary ideas pertaining to wildlife and the pioneering work he carried out in that field was work that would ultimately lead to the formation of the Savé Conservancy, so many years later. During the 70s and 80s, Roger introduced rhino to the Savé Valley − both white and the critically endangered black species − initiating what is arguably the most successful black rhino conservation story ever. During this period, Roger also harboured the only elephant herd remaining in the Savé Valley, in the face of staunch opposition from his neighbours. Whilst the majority of landowners felt that cattle and wildlife could not co-exist, Roger knew they could and better − that wildlife was the more sound option, both environmentally and financially. In the 1970s, Roger teamed up with another highly respected member of the African hunting/conservation community, Barrie Duckworth, and began conducting big game safaris throughout southern Africa, fast gaining a reputation as an outstanding operator and professional hunter, a reputation he maintains to this day. To find out more about Roger Whittall Safaris visit their website at To discover more about the Savé Valley Conservancy visit the website at ---------------------------------- What is the history of the Whittall family in Zimbabwe and how did they become involved in ranching? Jimmy Whittall came to Zimbabwe in 1929 from Turkey and worked on tobacco farm in Mvurwi for a year. He then came down to the Lowveld and worked on Devuli Ranch for approximately two years. He then found Humani and moved here where he started cattle ranching. In those days there was no one living here so he had to go and look for labour. What is the history of Humani Ranch and its transition from agricultural land use to wildlife? Humani started as a cattle ranch but there was already a lot of game here due to it being uninhabited. Citrus was started along with many other crops which have since fallen by the way side. Citrus is still going and green maize under irrigation and centre pivot are the current agricultural crops. How degraded was the ranch at the transition and how long did it take to recover? What work had to be done in order to restore a wilderness environment? The ranch was not degraded under cattle although there was a bit of bush encroachment but that has improved since wildlife was restocked. The Turgwe River. How does Humani Ranch fit into the greater Savé Valley Conservancy jigsaw? Humani is in the centre of the Save Valley Conservancy. How was the Savé Valley Conservancy affected during Zimbabwe’s tumultuous recent past? In 2000 settlers moved into the Save Valley Conservancy and pulled down boundary fences and settled in some areas of the Conservancy. Most of the settlers are on Humani and they have taken over half of the place. What happened in Zimbabwe to wildlife, (and protected), areas like Savé Conservancy when due to the aforesaid political turmoil, photographic tourism all but dried up? We were able to carry on with the hunting, photographic's a relatively new area that some of the properties have started. If Savé is comprised of private ranches and land areas upon which fences have been removed, (a Private Wildlife Conservancy), what level of protection is extended to it by national Wildlife and Governmental authorities? How does it compare to gazetted National Parks for instance? What has happened to the conservancy through the land claims process? We do all the anti poaching with our own game rangers and somehow manage to keep it under control although at times it is rampant. In the early years it was difficult at there was no support from the Police or the courts but that has just recently changed and we are getting better convictions now. How is Humani involved with local communities? Humani is very involved with local communities. We have repaired irrigation pumps for schemes and brought back approximately 500 ha’s into production which had been standing for a number of years due to the farmers not having any finance. We are also very involved with surrounding and our own school. We do educational trips for schools outside the Save Valley Conservancy and have had teachers come from Nyanga to do educational trips. How many of Humani’s staff are from local communties and what positions do they hold? What opportunities and training do you offer and how are you involved in empowering said communities? Most of our staff come from local communities and a lot of them were born on the farm. Some are workshop managers, citrus managers, clerks etc. There is a trust fund for member of staff that we feel has potential to go and do something with their lives. All school fees for the Humani children are paid by the same trust fund. Savé Valley Conservancy is held up as example of where sustainable trophy hunting can and does benefit conservation aims. In Humani, how does trophy hunting benefit wildlife conservation aims? Why trophy hunting and not photographic tourism? If trophy hunting is conducted properly and strict quotas are adhered to then 2-3% is the off take. All trophies are measured to see if there are any trends of trophies going up or down. This gives you a very healthy wildlife population as sometimes large males can control large herds and may not be able to handle them. Hunting brings in more money than photographic so therefore anti poaching and many other areas to do with conservation can carry on and water can be pumped to pans. How can photographic and hunting tourism co-exist in the same area? What affect does trophy hunting have upon wildlife’s behaviour? Yes photographic and hunting can co-exist in the same area. On Humani we have designated areas for photographic. Trophy hunting if done properly and no hunting from vehicles etc., then the wildlife will remain quiet. What methods are used on Humani to establish wildlife numbers and from this, how are quotas set and by whom? We conduct yearly aerial surveys although not accurate it can give an idea of the trends on the game population. National Parks and Wildlife set the quotas and then the quotas are divided up by a committee in the Save Valley Conservancy. When some other African countries are introducing hunting bans, (or at least restrictions), what do you see as the future of trophy hunting in Zimbabwe? What would happen to Humani should trophy hunting be banned in Zimbabwe? (Would such a ban, as in Botswana, affect private ranches?) What about if there is a ban on certain species, I.e., lion, elephant? Trophy hunting should not be banned. If trophy hunting was banned in Zimbabwe then the poaching would get out of hand and there would be little or no wildlife left in country. If there was ban on lion and elephant hunting it would have a negative effect on the country as no money would be coming in. As a comparison between trophy hunting and photographic safari tourism, how important is each for wildlife conservation in marginal wildlife areas? Both are equally important in any wildlife area as tourists like to see the Big Five and many other animals. How wild is Humani in comparison to other wildlife destinations? And, for those who don’t hunt, what is offered for photographic tourists? What sightings can be expected and what can be experienced that perhaps elsewhere cannot offer? This is a difficult question to answer but Humani compared to other areas in the country and the Save Valley Conservancy is very wild. Photgraphic tourists can do game drives, walks, birding, game counts around waterholes, night drives and black rhino tracking. All the Big Five are here but sometimes it is difficult to see the lions and leopards. We have animals in the Lowveld that are not seen in areas like Mana Pools and the surrounds. How difficult is it for Savé Conservancy to attract international travellers, especially photographic tourism when there are so many other appealing destinations in Zimbabwe? What marketing strategies are the Savé operators adopting to promote the conservancy to an extended audience? It is quite difficult to attract international travelers to the Save Valley Conservancy. We feel we have the product here but little is known about this area. The operators that do photographic tourism are using Facebook and at the moment we are trying to get the word to the international fairs overseas. How do all of Savés tourism, (whether hunting or photographic), and conservation stakeholders work together and with The Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Authority with regard to wildlife conservation aims and environmental protection? We all work well together but it can be frustrating at times to work the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority. Anti poaching team sets out on patrol. What type of poaching occurs in Savé and how much of a problem has it been for you on Humani Ranch - what are you doing to prevent it? And aside from poaching, what are the other conservation concerns for you? All types of poaching occurs on Humani and it is a very big problem because at the moment there is no food so therefore they are snaring in order to feed their families. It is costing a lot of money to try and protect the game. Other concerns are invasive plants and degradation by erosion. How is the Savé Valley Conservancy incorporated into The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park? What does this mean for the conservancy’s aims? The Save Valley Conservancy joins onto the Transfrontier Park which incorporates Gona-re-Zhou and other nearby areas. We are hoping that more tourists will come. What is the future for Humani Ranch and Savé as a whole? This is a difficult one to answer due to the fact that there has been turmoil since 2000 and who knows what the future holds, it is in the hands of the government. All images courtesy and copyright of Humani Ranch/Roger Whittall Safaris. The views expressed therein are solely those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect those of Safaritalk.
  5. Hi guys, Never seen a video like this before. A "funny" way of looking at a serious issue! Remeber even though you are pro or against. Smile if you can
  6. I just signed the petition: "STOP GOVERNMENT WHO IS LIFTING BAN ON THE HUNTING OF LIONS AND LEOPARDS IN ZAMBIA'S GAME PARKS" Will you join me in supporting this issue?
  7. It had been well known for a while, wondering why it took so long to stop them
  8. A study led in Zambia, shows that some parameters should be changed to continue with trophy hunting of lions on a sustainable way. Here is the press release: First, they recommend to only take lions from 8 years old instead of 6 years old. Second, they recommend to increase fees. Last, they recommend to take only 1 lion per 1000 km2 per year. 2-3 years no hunting periods should be adopted after 6 years free hunting periods.
  9. Please do leave your thoughts and qualify your answer with why you believe it will work and how such methods can be implemented.
  10. A recent article from National Geographic highlighted the fact that the World Bank has earmarked funds for Mozambique towards trophy hunting of lions and elephants - with a a use it or lose it clause. Personally I find this a monumentally stupid decision, and not because it's trophy hunting, but the fact is that these are species that are critically close to becoming endangered and extinct. Also, Mozambique suffers heavily from poaching - and their wildlife was close to being wiped out during the civil war, and its only recently that these areas have been recovering. They don't even have large populations of elephant and lions that could justify a hunting for conservation, or culling argument. It would be nice to hear from others, possibly more educated on this matter than me, on whether this strategy make sens or not - its completely incomprehensible to me.
  11. Safari Club International sponsored it's 14th annual African Wildlife Consultative Forum. The writer of this article states that the forum: - See more at:
  12. Craig Packer presented "Lions in the Balance: Man-Eaters, Manes, and Men with Guns" September 30, 2015 at the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries event at Coffman Memorial Union.
  13. Beks Ndlovu of writes the following in relation to the recent trophy hunt of Cecil, a well known and popular Hwange National Park lion: (Text and image courtesy and copyright Beks Ndlovu / African Bush Camps.) Youtube user Jayne Leach who uploaded the above video writes: Youtube user Bryan Orford who uploaded the videos writes: Here's what I've leant about Cecil through talking with various people: Cecil was a pride male of the Linkwasha area of Hwange National Park for about 5 years before he was finally chased out by 2 large male lions, (Bush and Bubezi), about 3 and a half years ago. Cecil fled and then managed to join up with another ousted male lion called Jericho and together formed a new coalition. They had 2 prides. The one pride consisted of 3 lioness with seven, 7 month old cubs. The second pride consisted of 3 females, one of which has young cubs and the other 2 are all expected to be pregnant. These two small prides are about to be subject to the wrath of a new male soon. Cecil was about 12 years old when he was shot and Jerico is about 11 years old. About a month ago Bush was shot and 2 new males have already arrived and chased Bubezi out. Most of their pride have fled from the two new males as they now know that their cubs are vulnerable to infanticide. Some have left the park and entered a communual land area where they could be hunted. A statement from the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association, (Facebook page here), reads: It's believed at the time Cecil was hunted he was wearing a collar. Having followed this story, I've spoken with various sources in Zimbabwe and at present, with the ongoing investigation, due to legal implications I feel it's best not to speculate to the facts, legality of the hunt, who the hunter and hunting operator was etc., but suffice to say as and when these details are reported as fact I'll follow up on this topic. Some of the questions that this incident raises for me, (and has done in prior similar occasions), are those such as: what is the purpose of collaring a specific animal? should a collared animal be exempted from a trophy hunt if it crosses into a hunting concession? can and should collaring be used to protect specific animals? how ethical is it to trophy hunt a collared animal? what is the level of interaction between between photographic and trophy hunting sectors - should there be a greater co-ordination between both in regards to specific animals? Just how will this affect pride dynamics now in the National Park area from which the lion came? How will this incident alone, (or when taken into consideration with the spotlight on trophy hunting and declining lion populations), affect the future of trophy hunting in Zimbabwe? What do the hunting concessions of the Gwai Valley area contribute, financially or otherwise to conservation aims, other than acting as a buffer zone, if their quotas can include wildlife which crosses into them from Hwange National Park.
  14. A letter from Ron Thomson who was Game Warden-in-charge of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, in relation to the recent suspension of Ivory import to the USA from Sport hunted elephants in Tz and Zimbabwe for 2014. It is a long, indepth and detailed read from someone with a vast knowledge of game management in Southern African countries. It is worth brewing a tea and reading rather than skimming through. I ask you to read it with an open mind, as I have done and share your thoughts below. Matt.
  15. Zimbabwe's 'iconic' lion Cecil killed by hunter click here to read the BBC article clcik here to read the Guardian article Words fail me. I'm sickened and angry. I can't print what I'd like to do to that hunter and the guide that took his bribe. Actually sod it, I can. I'd shoot him with a bow and arrow and then chase him through the bush for 40 hours.
  16. One of the Eurasia’s most abundant bird species has declined by 90% and retracted its range by 5000km since 1980 a new study shows. Yellow-breasted Bunting was once distributed over vast areas of Europe and Asia, its range stretching from Finland to Japan. New research published in the journal Conservation Biology suggest that unsustainable rates of hunting principally in China have contributed to a catastrophic loss of numbers and also in the areas in which it can now be found. “The magnitude and speed of the decline is unprecedented among birds distributed over such a large area, with the exception of the Passenger Pigeon, which went extinct in 1914 due to industrial-scale hunting”, said Dr Johannes Kamp from the University of Münster, the lead author of the paper. Detail here: :(
  17. this article from the Telegraph shows how Zimbabwe is responding to the hunting ban. I am sure this was not something that crossed the radar or those who pushed so hard to implement the ban.
  18. Reports To read the full article click here. But further into the article one reads: (Did these artificial water points cause the problem with growing elephant numbers? A question we've spoken about previously here.) We debated in depth at the time of the ban whether it could lead to uptake in poaching and what problems it coud cause here. And lastly: I often wonder what I can personally do for conservation in Africa: I eat beef and try to make the effort to buy locally raised. So by doing so, I don't contribute to this issue but how can we be sure when eating beef products, burgers, fast food etc that it is not sourced from Botswana? So, if you do eat beef, make an effort to buy local. It supports farmers from where you are at the very least: if more did the same, perhaps cattle farming methods in Botswana would change? Or, when people want the cheapest meat from supermarkets and select the beef solely by cost and value for money, does it worry them where it came from?
  19. Forgive me if this opinion piece has already been posted. Here it is.
  20. We are looking for an enthusiastic person to help research and catalogue our family archives which are here in Nairobi , for a book that we are writing on our 100 years in Africa. It will be a coffee table book, lots of pics, the main story being of the family timeline through the generations, with additional stories and adventures described here and there throughout the book. Besides being about the history, the book will also be looking at the changed attitudes over the last 100 years towards wildlife by both westerners and Africans, and how the Cottar's represented and indeed often pioneered the changes in wildlife conservation methods and ideology during this time. We are looking for candidates who are passionate about safari and its history and not looking to get paid. They must have time - a couple of months at least - and can get themselves here to nairobi on their own steam. We are happy to provide room and board. Successful candidates would get a mention in the book as a research assistant to the main writer and the opportunity for a safari for three days to Cottar's 1920's Camp in the Maasai Mara after successful completion of the job.
  21. << Masai told to leave historic homeland by end of the year so it can become a hunting reserve for the Dubai royal family Tanzania has been accused of reneging on its promise to 40,000 Masai pastoralists by going ahead with plans to evict them and turn their ancestral land into a reserve for the royal family of Dubai to hunt big game. Activists celebrated last year when the government said it had backed down over a proposed 1,500 sq km “wildlife corridor” bordering the Serengeti national park that would serve a commercial hunting and safari company based in the United Arab Emirates. Now the deal appears to be back on and the Masai have been ordered to quit their traditional lands by the end of the year. Masai representatives will meet the prime minister, Mizengo Pinda, in Dodoma on Tuesday to express their anger. They insist the sale of the land would rob them of their heritage and directly or indirectly affect the livelihoods of 80,000 people. The area is crucial for grazing livestock on which the nomadic Masai depend. >> Disgraceful, but not a huge surprise. read the full article here
  22. A thought provoking article in National Geographic from Katarzyna Nowak >>While positive steps have been taken by governments to protect elephants and their ecosystems, private hunting companies are working hard to undermine the potential gains.<< click here to read the article
  23. A very balanced perspective:
  24. has anyone read the recent article in GQ about an elephant hunt in Botswana?

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