Please take a 60 second poll for Predator Biologist

Apr 15th, 2008, 09:07 PM
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Please take a 60 second poll for Predator Biologist

Thanks for helping with this quick 60 second poll, your responses will help me with a project I’m working on. Please post answers to the following:

1)Are you an experienced safari traveler or hoping for your first safari?

2)If a camp/lodge/operator gave you a wildlife checklist would you check off the species you have seen?

3)If the data from your checklist would help future travelers would that encourage you to check a list?

4)If data from your checklist would help monitor and conserve wildlife would that encourage you to check a list?

5)If a lodge/camp/operator gives monthly reports on what they see does that add interest in their operation?

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Apr 15th, 2008, 09:09 PM
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1 Experienced Safari Traveler
2 no
3 no
4 yes
5 yes
bots is offline  
Apr 15th, 2008, 09:18 PM
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Ok. Will play ......

1.) Regular visitor

2, 3, and 4) No, will not check any list ..... if it's for conservation purposes, will gladly donate any photos i take free of charge to a legal research team. If it's camp or lodge based research - their guiding team should know all of this information much much better than any of their guests, anyways.

5.) IMO - any game report is nothing but marketing material for an organization - be it Wilderness, Kwando or Masai Mara etc etc etc., nothing more, nothing less. It's pure entertainment and just gives me a broad guideline. I like to follow the lives of certain animals that i may have seen ..... in brief, more online reading material. Also, bear in mind - not all sightings for the week or month or gameviewing period gets registered in the reports. It all depends on the guides turning in the sightings to the head office for compilation purposes ......

Hope this helps!
HariS is offline  
Apr 15th, 2008, 09:34 PM
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I perfectly echo what Hari said:
1) experienced
2) No
3) No
4) Maybe, but I don't think guests will contribute to this accurately. If it's for science, then professionals are needed to monitor.
5) Not if it's used for propaganda. No guarantee the same animals will be there on my game drive anyway.
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Apr 15th, 2008, 10:58 PM
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PB - here goes

1. Experienced

2. No - Always makes me feel like I am there to tick things off rather than relish whatever it is that I chance upon. Besides, certain species are a real luck of the draw. We saw pangolin at our only stay at Lebala, yet a member of staff who'd worked in the bush for 11 years hasnt seen one, so to me that checklist means little.

3. Possibly but it can be a tad misleading. Echo Hari's sentiment.

4. Yes, provided the information is being collected for a reputed research setup.

5. Yes. Case in point, the gameviewing reports on
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Apr 15th, 2008, 11:20 PM
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1 experienced
2 yes
3 yes
4 yes

I'm hoping that by informing the camp operator of my safari experience I will be more suitably matched with other game drive companions. Whatever that means

regards - tom
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Apr 15th, 2008, 11:35 PM
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1. Experienced
2. Would depend on the purpose. If invited to take part in an operator's regular wildlife survey (e.g. aerial count), yes. But not for something the guides routinely do on each drive.
3. No.
4. See 2.
5. Yes, but I'd regard it as a rough guide any advertisement is only ever a claim.
afrigalah is offline  
Apr 15th, 2008, 11:49 PM
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okay then

1) experienced
2) no
3) could be done by "my" guide/tracker
4) definately yes
5) yes - especially when one has to estimate to go for certain speciec despite there is no "guarantee" for anything
Apr 16th, 2008, 12:19 AM
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1. Becoming experienced
2. No
3. No
4. Yessss
5. Yes
Alejandra is offline  
Apr 16th, 2008, 12:57 AM
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Hi Bill

1) I consider myself a experienced safari traveller.

2) no

3) no

4) maybe

5) absolutely

Kind regards

KayeN is offline  
Apr 16th, 2008, 01:13 AM
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1) Experienced
2) Not for commercial purposes - however, I do this anyway in the afternoon while my wife is having her nap.
3) Again, not to halp them inflate their rates
4) Yes, 100%
5) Yes, unless the prose is flowery

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Apr 16th, 2008, 01:26 AM
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Hi Bill,

my answers are:

1. Hoping to get experienced (2 safaris so far)
2. I have done a checklist, just to have at home to relive my experiences... And unfortunately I found out that you do forget some things.. ;-)
3. Yes and No. Yes, if it would be compiled in a sensible manner to give others a better sense of what to expect. No, if itīs done just to get more people in to a certain area.
4. Yes, if it would really help. But I do think that professionals should do the job.
5. Yes, to some extent. Itīs always nice to read about what has been seen. But I donīt expect to see all the animals that were reported last week.

basto is offline  
Apr 16th, 2008, 01:31 AM
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Hi Bill,

1) Reasonably but not enough
2) No
3) Probably not
4) Yes but I believe it would need to be a detailed report.
5) Yes if it is true


Apr 16th, 2008, 01:33 AM
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1. experienced - but from many years ago

2. yes, for the h**l of it - my own interests are wide and include flora, reptiles and insects.

3. sure, why not

4. yup

5. not really
Momliz is offline  
Apr 16th, 2008, 01:44 AM
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4)Yes, but think trackers and guides could do this anyway.

Lynneb is offline  
Apr 16th, 2008, 02:28 AM
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1. Semi-experienced (3 done, 2 more booked)

2. No

3. No

4. Probably not. I'm on vacation, and that info could be obtained just as easily -- and probably more accurately -- from the guide or tracker

5. no answer
DonTopaz is offline  
Apr 16th, 2008, 03:58 AM
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1. 3 trips, all Botswana
2. No
3. Yes
4. Yes
5. Yes.
almac is offline  
Apr 16th, 2008, 04:13 AM
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1) I think I am experienced (but not sure)
2) No
3) No
4) Yes
5) Yes, even though I know that it is marketing.
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Apr 16th, 2008, 04:56 AM
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1.Anxiously looking forward to 1st safari in Oct.

2.Maybe, but I have no agenda to sight specific animals, anything I see would be exciting, a warthog or ubiquitous wildebeeste, whatever. (Do not want to witness a "kill" that seems to be high on some lists so my responses may not help you)

3.How would my checklist help other travelers? Sounds like a marketing tool, unless its for my own use as a reminder/souvenier of my trip.

4.If conservation of wildlife were truly the objective every one would be happy to participate. So, evidence would have to be provided.

5.Would probably influence some travelers to choose a particular operation.
KRNS is offline  
Apr 16th, 2008, 05:31 AM
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1. No. Did Kenya, Tanzania in 2007.
2. Maybe, if I knew the purpose.
3. Yes.
4. Yes.
5. Yes.
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