Major Poaching incident in Chobe

Oct 13th, 2010, 08:05 PM
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Major Poaching incident in Chobe

Very sad news about a recent poaching of elephants in Chobe NP. I know many here love to visit Botswana, many more are passionate about elephants. A wonderful vet is volunteering his time and expertise in Chobe trying to help the wildlife. All of it has been self funded but he is running out of resources as the need is so great for his services. Any help any of us can give him to raise funds to buy veterinary products would be gratefully received. Here is a link to his report

This is Dr Clay's website where you can read about his work

This is one man doing really great work on the ground and he deserves our support.

(I've never started a thread tagged 'Botswana' before )
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Oct 14th, 2010, 01:38 PM
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Thanks twaffle, I'll make a donation.
I've been to Chobe and loved it, but this will turn me off going back there.
Whilst I was there we saw a lot of heavily armed rangers patrolling the park, but it was a few years ago.
There needs to be a total ban on ivory sales world wide, and people should stop buying the damn stuff for gifts!
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Oct 14th, 2010, 05:23 PM
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Just saw this Twaf; our first trip in 2007 was to Chobe and the hundreds of ellies swimming across the river is forever etched in my mind..(Yes I am away and bored with rum)

Thanks for sharing; I will definitely be going on Dr. Clays' website....those ellies are so special; I cannot believe poachers are getting away once again with this.

And, dont apologize about Chobe,et al....I did not even know I was in Bots when there; that is how naive I am about places...the Chobe
river was amazing
and I do love my animals- wherever in Africa they may be.

Oh, and Twaffle has INCREDIBLE website that I am sure she is not sharing, so I will post the link if she gives me permission - you will have chills... HER PICS ARE NAT' GEO...........

Goodnight from this overpopulated island- though lovely water and people,

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Oct 14th, 2010, 08:34 PM
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Moneyburns, you are too kind and are making me blush. Nat Geo would never accept these particular images as they are art rather than realistic photos. Not that I've done cloning etc, but I have used poetic license.
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Oct 15th, 2010, 08:05 AM
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This is and will remain a never ending problem in Africa. Rich idiots in the West and Far-East imagining that they will have bigger ***** because they've destryed a wonderful animal, locals who gain huge financial benefits for themselves, their families and their community.
It is now far more infrequent than it's ever been, however a rare and recuring problem.
My own answer? Keep traveling to Chobe with a camera and $$$$ in hand as a tourist/lover of the wild. The more we support safari etc, the less the local population will allow poaching to occur.
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