what people think about it
What exactly is the point of having a "Convention in the Trade of Endangered Species" ? We might as well have a meeting to discuss the best way to abduct Endangered Animals and get a hand shake at the same time! All involved are guilty and you will stand before God on Judgement day to answer to your choices.
Sure but 10.000 dogs and cats in one year accounts for a very minuscule amount of the total consumption of meat my Chinese. This equates to 8.3*10^-6 animals per Chinese. i.e. 8.3 Chinese per million consume pets. Hardly something to condemn all Chinese for. Depends on where one draws the line over the killing of animals. Every year, over 40 million animals are killed for fur worldwide. Canada kills ± 67,000 seals per year for 'products' - down from 388,200 in 2010. Daily the US slaughters 311,000 pigs, 80,000 cows, 6,000 sheep. Untold chickens. US imports of 'Sports Trophies' between 2005 to 2014 was 1.26 million ( including lions, elephants, white rhinos, leopards, African Buffalo) - " Exclusive: Hard Numbers Reveal Scale of America’s Trophy-Hunting Habit" Nat Geo. Frankly the slaughter of animals worldwide is a pandemic. Then there's the effect on the climate for man's prodigious appetite for meat. Sometimes one has to applaud China: "China's plan to cut meat consumption by 50% cheered by climate campaigners" from The Guardian. And China is not one of the biggest meat eating countries around.
I agree, however, perhaps you should google the Yulin festival held in China to see just how barbaric these people are.
It is indeed sickening that Africa's 'heritage' is being moved overseas. Just another case of raping the continent for profit. It would be much better if those that wanted to see elephants and other wild animals came to Africa and paid for the privilege. Not sure why you're singling out China. They seem to care for their animals. There are more tigers in captivity in the US than there are remaining in the wild. This is not just in zoos but also private individuals who keep them caged in their back yards without any form of control. World's largest purchasers of Ivory are 1st Hong Kong, 2nd Vietnam with the US in 3rd spot. Zoos, circuses and all other forms of wild life incarceration should be closed. If people want to see animals then there's always photographic museums, books and of course TV documentaries.
The elephants wave with tears in their eyes as they leave their homeland of Africa, what a sad, vicious irony that this is where most originate and yet this is where most will not remain.
Just how is it that we cannot stop this. I am so sick of these disgusting, revolting, rubbish sub humans that do nothing but abuse innocent, voiceless and defenceless animals that I could beat the bloody lot of them to death. Elephants are highly intelligent animals and mourn the same as we humans do, I just think these brutal bastards need to be gotten rid of soon including the vile Mugabe family. And to China, my God of all places!!!! In any case, how does one take videos of these poor angels being kicked and beaten without doing something about it! I have such a hatred towards the sub human race that I can't contain myself anymore.
Talk about good luck when you needed it
The northern part of the Kruger is not so congested. Punda Maria and Shingwedzi camps both are not overcrowded and we had lion sightings there aplenty. We did not see wild dogs there, but a mother and two cheeta offspring are regularly seen in the Klopperfontein area near Punda. In the south we try to drive mainly the gravel roads, but still not as quiet as the North.
thanks for the info, much appreciated! Do you have any links to stories about the relocation? That sounds very interesting indeed!
thanks for the info, much appreciated!
Take an untroubled trip to Ithala Game reserve in Zululand! Don't stay at the Hotel; reserve one of the rustic bush-camps. They are a "take your own" option where you bring whatever food and personal items you need as there are no stores or any kind of shop within 100 Km and definitely no traffic! iMfolosi park near Hluhluwe is similar. Ian C
Bwabwata looks like good fun
We saw so many elephants at horseshoe!!
Nambwa is a great place to stay, and Horseshoe is an unknown gem for sure! Also a must-do is Nkasa Lupala National Park, just a bit further south...
Went up North in the Kruger last year, was indeed more quiet but also many of the bush was burnt, unfortunately :(
Khaudum NP in Namibia has wild dogs and lions. The Kgalagadi in South Africa is not as packed with people as Kruger (in fact, is pretty awesome!) and is great for predators, but there are no wild dogs. If you stick with Kruger and don't want to see many people, stick to the north but I believe the wild dogs are more in the southern bit. Chobe, in Botswana is also great. If you have the money, go to Tswalu in the Kalahari in South Africa. A pack of wild dogs has just been relocated there this week and it is a pretty amazing place.
Another option is the Umfurudzi Park north of Harare, Zimbabwe
thanks for the reply Cristina and Jelmer...I am under the impression that Kruger and the OKavango have some of the highest traffic volume though? thoughts? I'd prefer somewhere that is a bit off the beaten track so that my money goes towards supporting conservation efforts that arent as well known but equally important (plus I dont want to be in a crowd of 30 4WDs), I had planned on going to Mole national park in Ghana but after a bit of delving into journal papers on camera trapping of lions in Ghana, it seems that unfortunately Lions are no longer found in Ghana at all (contrary to what their tourism website says).
I love Nambwa! We had a hippo grazing our campsite at night. Good thing we were sleeping on a roof top tent. A leopard visited the place the night before, too bad we missed it! Definitely, stay at Nambwa, I am planning on going back there.
Where would you recommend staying? Also at Nambwa?
In my experience, the best chance seeing Wild dog at Kruger would be near Pretoriuskop. Camping as a cheaper option works perfectly indeed @cristinagarciabrindley:disqus
Bwabwata is one of my favorite places!
You can camp at all these places as we never stay at fancy lodges. If you want to see lions and wild dogs, the Okavango or Kruger are perfect.
Especially Bwabwata looks incredible! Will most definitely be on my itinirary when visiting Namibia, thanks for that. Now have another excuse to visit my favourite continent again
Id prefer to spend all my money on extra time looking at the wildlife rather then paying for ultra fancy lodgings, do you have any reccomendations for cheap places to stay where I can see wild dogs and lions as well? thanks
:) stunning thank you!!
One of my favourite hikes. Nice to be reminded how small we are. Thanks Rachel!
Why pretend all is well when its not. If MT is not well , pliz let the members and supporters know