Cecil and Jericho

This Woolly having a Blogging rant again.

My Facebook post of July 22, 2015.

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King of the Beast, Kruger National Park, 2013

So sad to read about “the great white hunter” again killing one of Africa’s main attractions. Many of these hunts are in the name of ‘conservation’. I pose the question “Why will people visit Africa when all the animals have been conserved/shot?”

After being privileged to ‘shoot’ six week old wild lion cubs with my Nikon, from a distance of fifteen feet (mum was watching on about twenty metres away), I cannot understand the mentality of those who want to use a high-power, long-range rifle.  Or in Cecil’s case an arrow which he carried around for 40 hours before being shot and killed.

If you don’t read the whole article please continue to read this part of Africa Geographic’s story about Cecil and the financial rewards he could have reaped.

“…Bryan Orford a regular visitor to Hwange and who has filmed Cecil on numerous occasions says Cecil was Hwange’s “biggest tourist attraction. Not only a natural loss, but a financial loss.”

Orford reckons that with tourists from just one lodge collectively paying US$9800/day, Zimbabwe would have earned more in just 5 days by having Cecil’s photograph taken, than being shot by someone paying a single one-off fee of US$45,000 with no hope of future revenue…”

End Africa Geographic

Based on the figures quoted by Bryan Orford an adult lion which lived to 14 years of age (maximum according to Google), it could earn Africa $50,078,000.00. Yes! That is 50 MILLION US dollars. That is 1,109 times MORE than was paid for Cecil’s death.

Since posting this I have seen the price for Cecil vary from USD$45,000 to USD$50,000, which in turn alters lifetime income from 1109 to 1000 times MORE than Cecil’s dead value.

These figures are for one lodge only. Kill the assets and not only will there be a noticeable reduction in tourists, but many lodges may go out of business with associated job losses.

One of the most memorable events, from our Botswana Safari last year, was crawling into my sleeping bag, in a two person tent, then hearing one of Cecil’s relatives ROAR just outside. All wild life we had grown used to hearing, after dark. was suddenly silent. Sadly Cecil will roar no more.

RIP Cecil

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Photo: Africa Geographic

Click image to read full Africa Geographic post.

Now to continue.

Sunday August 2, 2015

After Cecil’s death concern for his cubs was mention on social media.  All seemed well when Cecil’s brother, Jericho, was seen caring for Cecil’s cubs.

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King of the Beasts, Kruger National Park, 2013

I even briefly read that the United States was going to introduce the Cecil Act into Congress shortly.  I am not clear on details of the Cecil Act/Bill, but it made me feel good that at least one major country was going to do something which may curb ‘trophy hunting’ and poaching.

This  morning (Sunday, August 2) another post on Facebook reports that Jericho may also have been shot and killed leaving Cecil’s four young cubs unprotected.

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One of Limpy’s cubs, Sausage Tree Safari Camp, South Africa, 2013

This six week old cub and its sibling walked to within 15 feet of our car and sat and watch us as we watched, and shot them, with our digital cameras.  And they live to be shot again and again.

I don’t understand the mentality of anyone who shoots (wildlife) in the name of sport, particularly when it leaves young orphans, such as has happened during this past week.

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Limpy and her cubs, Sausage Tree Safari Camp, SA, 2013

And it cannot be called sport or conservation when anyone can drive to within a few metres of these animals as we have recently experienced.

When will we ever learn….

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Our neighbour’s trees often look like this…

Trees_1873abecause we live in an…
Trees_1874bopen area.trees_1875cwith no large shelter belts…
Trees_1876dof anything…

Trees_1877eto stop scenes…

Trees_1878flike these.

Trees_1879gSo, last Friday morning we had a rare windless morning…

moonset_0007which allowed me to capture the moon setting, around 0615,

behind those very same trees in my first photos.

Unfortunately I only had time for a few quick pics while the keetle boilled.

No time for a tripod, not that I ever use one a great deal.

So my photo is a bit darker than it was and I

have simply cropped out any surplus dark areas.

Gear used :

Camera: Nikon D90

Lens: Sigma 50-500mm lens,

Focal lenth 500mm

f/stop 6.3

ISO: 200

Shutter speed: 1/100

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