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Spotlight on Elephants in Tanzania

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My last post about the state of African elephant poaching discussed the latest CITES report showing that less elephants are now being poached now than during the poaching peak in 2007, but also highlighted the fact that while some countries are doing better in terms of poaching (e.g. Kenya), others are still in big trouble and it's no time to be complacent.  Overall, there are still more elephants being poached than there are being born.  Tanzania's elephant population has taken a big hit and remains under serious threat for the ivory trade.

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2016-03-21 10:02:17
 

The Good, Bad & Hopeful News for Africa's Pachyderms

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CITES' latest report on the results of the MIKE (Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants) programme has some good news in it for elephant populations and some not so good.  The overall number of elephants being killed for ivory has stabilised, after a peak in 2011, but there are still more elephants killed every year than are born (see BBC story).

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2016-03-11 11:32:07
 

Confirm your place - Rwanda & Tanzania 2017!

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I posted an article on my Facebook page from National Geographic last week about young gorillas seen dismantling poachers' snares for the first time.   It suggests that the youngsters knew how dangerous the traps were and researchers said they may have done it before, given how quickly they dismantled it.  For a critically endangered species with less than 900 left in the wild, this is a good sign because with such low numbers we really can't afford to lose any wild gorillas, especially the next generation.

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2016-02-01 10:04:47
 

Launch of our new website

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Happy new year and here's hoping your year has lots of inspiration and adventures of the African kind in it!

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2016-01-11 10:53:33
 

Wishing you a happy holiday!

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It's that time of year again, and it seems to have crept up so quickly (or maybe I'm just getting old!).  Now at the end of our second year in business at Matson & Ridley Safaris, Andy and I wanted to thank you for your support and to wish you a wonderful Christmas and new year.  I've put together this short video (scroll down to see it), which I hope you'll enjoy, sharing a few special memories of my adventures with you in the last couple of years in Botswana, Kenya and Namibia.  Thanks to all who shared their photos for this, but in particular a big thanks to all the people who made these journeys so wonderful in Africa's most incredible wild destinations!

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2015-12-11 09:26:44
 

Rwanda & Tanzania Journeys with Tammie August 2017

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Ever dreamed of getting up close to endangered Mountain Gorillas?  This has always been on my 'wish list' to do one day, ever since I read Dian Fossey's 'Gorillas In The Mist'.   Such close relatives to us, I really can't imagine what it will be like to be eye to eye with wild gorillas, but I imagine it will feel a lot like meeting a long lost family member!

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2015-11-26 12:30:08
 

Limited Places Left on my 2016 Safaris (& a sneak peak at my 2017 safaris!)

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I'm getting very excited about my upcoming safaris in 2016, which are set to be in some of Africa's most spectacular wilderness areas!  As always when you book with Matson & Ridley Safaris, the whole experience are specially hand-designed by me every step of the way to ensure that your hard earned dollars are spent as ethically as possible, to maximise benefits flowing back to African people and their wildlife.  And of course, I choose the areas and camps I want to go to based on the best I can find in terms of wildlife experience, exclusivity, camp feeling and local culture - so you get a mind-blowing African journey that will change your life.  Most groups I take are between 8 and 12 people, so you get to know people really well.  Imagine yourself spending time with like minds on the savannah while watching elephants and then spinning a few yarns under the starry night sky by the campfire later - life doesn't get much better really!

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2015-11-18 14:27:21
 

Why Elephants Matter

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One of the most enjoyable things I get to do as a zoologist is talk to kids about elephants.  Kids give you instant feedback.  There are no inhibitions, just a whole lot of questions, and when it comes to elephants, frankly, kids just get it.  You don't have to convince children to appreciate and want to conserve animals.  

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2015-10-15 11:23:32
 

Big News in the Elephant World

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In the world of elephants, it's not often that you see conservationists celebrating.  President Xi Jinping of China's announcement on Friday last week that China will join the USA in enacting near total bans on domestic ivory trade is... I think... worth cracking the bubbly over.  We don't entirely know the detail yet, and there is no timeline, other than what was in the White House's statement, which includes agreement between China and the USA to work together in "joint training, technical exchanges, information sharing and public education".  But this could be a winning combination.

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2015-09-30 09:41:09
 

Namibia: the land God created in anger

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It had been a few years since I'd been back to Namibia, the desert land where I studied black-faced impalas for my PhD, later planning a reintroduction for the subspecies to their historic range in the far north west.  

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2015-09-17 09:38:58
 

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