Free Safari Guide, Interview with Moose Peterson - Legendary Wildlife Photographer and more...
January 2011, Issue #005
In this issue:
1. Free Southern African Safari Guide for You!
2. Interview with Moose Peterson, Legendary Wildlife Photographer
3. Other News Items
4. Latest news on the Rhino Poaching in South Africa
"Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water!"
- W. C. Fields (American Comic and Actor, 1880-1946)
1. FREE Southern African Safari Guide for our loyal subscribers
We have compiled a free Southern African Safari Guide for subscribers to our Lion's Roar Newsletter.
The e-book covers tips on how to choose your destination, how to make your booking, what to pack, travel tips on getting there, checking in, where to shop, where to eat, what facilities are avaialble in each park and important safety tips.
It's the perfect resource for you to plan your safari and ensure you have a wonderful vacation with no glitches!
I will gladly email you the PDF copy if you send me an
2. Interview with Moose Peterson - Legendary Nikon Wildlife Photographer
Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, Lexar Elite Photographer, recipient of the John Muir Conservation Award, Research Associate with the Endangered Species Recovery Program, has been published in over 130 magazines worldwide, author of 23 books and lecturing across the country to thousands upon thousands of photographers barely covers the work and goals of wildlife photographer Moose Peterson.
One of the original Nikon shooters to receive the D1 in 1999, Moose embraced this new technology becoming the only wildlife photographer in the world to shoot strictly digital in the early years.
A beta site for all the major hardware and software manufacturers, Moose continues his main goal of photographing the life history of North America's endangered wildlife and wildplaces using the latest tools. A creative innovator of new techniques both behind the camera and the computer is the driving force behind his photography and goals
You can read his interview
3. Other News
• The Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. has opened for entries. Closing date is 18 March 2011!
• Etosha had so much rain that a tree uprooted in Okaukuejo camp. Not a bad thing as the tree was one of the ones in front of the waterhole-view chalets! I don't know why the parks have river-view and water-hole view bungalows but then let trees and bushes grow in front of them!?
• There was a 'racist/road rage' incident in the southern Kruger Park on 26 December 2010. It was alcohol-related as beer bottles were being thrown at people.
It seems that a different breed of person is starting to visit the national parks. In the past there were very few incidents of this nature. Now we have hooligans taunting the animals, fighting with other people and speeding through the parks killing animals.
Our neighbor was in Kruger over December and while watching a chameleon crossing the road another driver drove over it.
A friend of ours visited the Kgalagadi where he witnessed a lion being knocked over!
• Our latest 3-page Kruger Trip Report has some disturbing pictures of road kill that we witnessed in one morning between Shingwedzi and Punda camps. But it also contains some wonderful photographs of the big-five, birds and creepie crawlies! You can see the trip report
4. Rhino Poaching
333 rhinos were illegally killed in South Africa in 2010, including 10 critically endangered black rhinos, according to South African national park officials.
The annual total is the highest ever experienced in South Africa and nearly triple 2009 numbers when 122 rhinos were killed. An additional five rhinos have already been lost to poaching in the first week of 2011.
Kruger National Park, the world famous safari destination, was hardest hit, losing 146 rhinos to poaching in 2010, authorities said. The park is home to the largest populations of both white and black rhinos in the country.
The Kruger is, however, fighting back. Five rhino poachers have been shot dead in the Kruger National Park since the start of 2011.
Three of them were shot dead on Tuesday morning shortly after 06:00 during a shoot-out with rangers in the Pretoriuskop area.
The other two were shot dead on Saturday in the north of the game park, near the Mozambique border. Three of their accomplices fled over the border fence.
According to information obtained confidentially by Beeld, no fewer than ten poachers have been killed in the Kruger park over the past five months.
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Mario and Jenny