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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Green hunting elephants

"It's the thrill of the chase, not the kill, that delights the heart of the hunter…." ANON

Hunting, conservation and elephants- how do those three come together? Green-hunting is the answer. Roar Africa does not support hunting generally but there are times when hunting can benefit conservation of animals. For example the non-lethal, green-hunting of elephants. Clients enjoy the thrill of the hunt whilst contributing to conservation both scientifically and financially, and without depleting the dominant elephant bull population-essential to the health and social dynamics of elephant herds.

This concept has been pioneered by Save the Elephants and Timbavati Private Nature Reserve on the western border of the famous Kruger National Park (KNP), South Africa. Hunters pay to dart large bull elephants which have been depleted though excessive hunting and poaching. They then get involved collecting data on the unconcious elephant for both scientific reasons and for the creation of their eco-friendly trophy. It is a thrilling experience and one kind of hunting which we would love to share with you.

Meet Mac the 100+ pound-per-tusk, green hunting emissary and get a detailed account at Save the Elephants. The charity was founded in 1993 by Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton who made a pioneering study of elephant behaviour in the late '60s in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.

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