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  1. Trip report to CAR and Cameroon.pdf I just returned from a very special trips to one of the most amazing places I've ever visited: Dzangha-Sangha Special Reserve in the Central African Republic. It's a long report because it has a LOT of info about the animals we saw, and some about animals we missed. It's totally different from your typical Eastern/Southern African Safari, and there is almost no overlap in the species you see. What an amazing place. I just have to note something very important for anyone considering going to Dzanga-Sangha: It's SAFE! Yes, the Central African Republic is considered a War Zone, but it's only in the North, 100s of miles from this reserve, and from the amazing Sangha Lodge. You should get there via flight from Bangui or Yaounde, or by driving the long and turtourous road from Yaounde to Libongo. But once you get there, it's more safe than the USA has been over the past few years, with all the shootings etc... Enjoy :-)
  2. https://www.discountafricanhunts.com/hunts/forest-elephant-hunting-safari-in-cameroons-rain-forest.html ~ While seeking information on Waza National Park in northern Cameroon, situated between Nigeria and Chad, an advertisement for a “Forest Elephant Hunting Safari in Cameroon's Rain Forest”, offered by “Discount African Hunts — Making Africa Affordable”, popped up. Due to my utter naiveté, I initially supposed that it was a parody intended as a joke. Listed as potential hunting trophies were: — Forest Elephant, alternatively described as Pygmy Elephant — Bongo — Forest Sitatunga — Dwarf Buffalo — Giant Forest Hog — Bush Pig — Python — Duiker, about half a dozen species — Bates' Pygmy Antelope The prospectus emphasized that hunting would take place at close range, specifically within 10 yards for Forest Elephants. For duikers it stated that “pygmy trackers” make special noises to attract the trophy animals. Bongos are hunted by both “pygmy trackers” and dogs. The hunting method used for python wasn't specified. Given the diminutive stature of Bates' Pygmy Antelope, arms of a miniature caliber might be employed. ************************************************************************************************************************************ I'm in no position to assess or in any sense pass judgment on the advertised “Cameroon Rain Forest Hunting”. How it takes place, why it takes place, and who makes it possible to take place are all questions far beyond my admittedly limited ken. Considering the struggles to preserve habitat and species biodiversity, it surprised me that these species were deemed suitable for trophy hunting. Very probably I'm among the most uninformed Safaritalk members about the range of activities involving African wildlife. Where I work and live isn't especially conducive to learning much about the outside world, including current trophy hunting practices. Yet as I perused the advertisement, I wondered how well known such ventures are. I'd never realized that they were so upfront about the trophy species on offer. Most of us on Safaritalk similarly stalk game of all sizes, regularly exercising our trigger fingers on camera shutter buttons. In all seriousness I don't know what to think about all of this. After reading and re-reading it, I shook my head, thinking of how complex and convoluted African wildlife conservation is. The other thought going through my mind was what it must be like to have dogs and native trackers in pursuit. One feels glad that Zorillas don't live in Cameroon's rain forest habitat. Those poor bongos... Tom K.

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