The big lie about conservation of wildlife in Africa - Daily...
This was such a fascinating book that I had to send a copy to @Sangeeta. It exposes the myth of something that I know very well, that Africans simply don't value
or care about their wildlife. Furthermore, some of the NGOs including members of the board of the WWF have hunters serving on their boards. What I particularly
enjoyed about this book is that some of these NGO wanted Kenya to bring back the big game hunting but former President Kibaki refused to allow it. I don't by all means agree with all of the assertions of the authors,and feel that they do exaggerate at times. However,there is truth to some of the things that they say including the belief that theSamburus possess about elephants having souls, which is why if you kill one then it's family members will later take revenge on you.
One of th founder donors of WWF was Prince Bernard of Netherlands - He invested a small fortune of his own families money in the WWF. I think there is no doubt that Kenya conservation policy has been a clear failure. Its abundantly clear that ownership of both land and animals is the most efficient way of saving wildlife. WWF were right to argue that Kenya should not stop hunting because the result was extreme wildlife declines.
African parks was co-founded by Michael Eustace, Mavusu Msimang, Peter Fernhead and Anthony Hall-Martin - their biggest donor was Paul Fentener van Vlissingen.
You may find this hard to believe - but Prince Bernard was a keen hunter, so was Paul van Vlissengen. Michael Eustace and Mavuso Msimang are jointly in favour of selling rhino horn, and advocate hunting as a valid conservation tool.
Your link to the "big lie about wildlife" doesnt work. But a book you should read is Game Changer by Glen Martin
For anyone interested in some history of conservation - this makes interesting reading - Game conservation in Zululand 1824 to 1947
One of the best books to read is the "White Rhino Saga" or "Into the river of life" about Ian Player. Hluhluwe park was one of the conservation areas in South Africa.
Another book worth reading is the story of Harry Wolhuter Memories of a game Ranger
AND - Another book worth reading is Wankie by Ted Davison
And another favourite - "a game Ranger remembers by Bruce Bryden"
I believe Yellowstone National Park had a bit of a shaky start... read National Geographic link here
"At the outset, the park was an orphan idea with no clarity of purpose, no staff, no budget. Congress seemed to lose interest as soon as the ink of Grant’s signature dried. Yellowstone became a disaster zone, neglected and abused, for more than a decade. Nathaniel Langford, the failed bank clerk and railroad publicist, served as its first superintendent, at zero salary, and during his five years in the post he barely earned that, revisiting the park only two or three times. Market hunters established themselves brazenly in the park, killing elk, bison, bighorn sheep, and other ungulates in industrial quantities. By one account, a pair called the Bottler brothers shot about 2,000 elk near Mammoth Hot Springs in early 1875, generally taking only the tongue and the hide from each animal, leaving the carcasses to rot or be scavenged. That account doesn’t say how many grizzly bears the Bottlers killed over those carcasses, for convenience or profit, but undoubtedly the elk meat was a dangerous attractant that brought bears near guns. An elk hide was worth six to eight dollars, serious money, and a man might kill 25 to 50 elk in a day. “There was this massive slaughter that occurred here, from 1871 through at least 1881,” according to Lee Whittlesey, currently Yellowstone’s historian. Antlers littered the hillsides. Wagon tourists came and went unsupervised, at low numbers but with relatively high impact, some of them vandalizing geyser cones, carving their names on the scenery, killing a trumpeter swan or other wildlife for the hell of it. Ungulate populations fell, and then the carnage gradually petered out, Whittlesey told me, “until the Army arrived here in 1886.”"