Please take a 60 second poll for Predator Biologist

Apr 16th, 2008, 05:47 AM
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1. Moderately Experienced
2. Yes, I find it fun and it sometimes helps when I'm looking at my picutres
3. Yes - I crave this type of information when prioritizing destinations and am sufficiently public spirited to share
4. I'm all for anything that will help conservation, but I would be somewhat concerned about accuracy.
5. Absolutely - and I am interested in all game - not just marquee animals.
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Apr 16th, 2008, 05:49 AM
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1. Have been but not sure what's meant by experienced - I can identify an elephant, if that counts

2. No, I tried that the last time and found after the first day that it took away from the experience. Perhaps if I saw the ever extinct yellow headed knobby knee or something equally amazing, I might.

3. Yes, if paid handsomely

4. Yes

5. Possibly

Sorry for the vague replys, PB.
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Apr 16th, 2008, 05:53 AM
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1. Becoming experienced (1 down, 1 booked, 1 in planning phase).
2. I have been given checklists as part of a "welcome package" but have not used them. So, I guess that's a No.
3. If asked to maintain a checklist, I would be happy to oblige. But I think the guide could do this more reliably than a guest and there would be no need for more than one checklist per vehicle.
4. Same answer as for 3.
5. Yes. I enjoy reading this type of subject matter. And it can help to build anticipation for an upcoming trip (as if I need any more anticipation!).

rickmck is offline  
Apr 16th, 2008, 06:06 AM
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Thanks everyone for your answers, this is very helpful for me!

For experienced vs. first timer it's just that simple, I'm interested in the different view of someone who has been on safari and thus is familiar with the actual experience and the view of someone dreaming about it but hasn't been yet. Obviously there are huge degrees of experience but I won't try to wade through that here as I truly wanted to make it a short favor from each of you.

I could elaborate more on each question but I do not want to taint the answers. Thanks to those who have participated and I hope everyone who opens this will take a minute and add responses. After the data piles up I will illuminate more about this project.
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Apr 16th, 2008, 06:21 AM
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Hello PB.

1. Only at the researching stage for the first safari
2. Yes. I would want to keep a list anyway for my own reference later.
3. Yes
4. Yes
5. Yes

Anything that adds information to help make informed choices is good by me.
From trip reports from all the people on this forum I know I need to go to Chobe NP to see the most elephants (my priority!).
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Apr 16th, 2008, 07:08 AM
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1 - June, 2008 trip will be the first safari.

2 - Yes, I would take advantage of having a list, especially if it was a list of not only mammals, but also birds & reptiles which we might have the good fortune to observe.

3 - Yes, but not for the camp's commercial purposes.

4 - Yes, definitely.

5 - Probably.

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Apr 16th, 2008, 07:26 AM
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1. new - waiting until October 2008.
2. yes, because I'd probably do this myself as a memento of the trip and would love to know what is possible to see / species etc. because I may not digest it all on the drives.
3. yes
4. yes
5. yes - I check the Mala Mala listings about once a week in anticipation.
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Apr 16th, 2008, 07:36 AM
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1) Iím going to Kenya for the 5th time in June.

2) Not if I was just handed the checklist, but yes if I was asked to for any reason. I wouldnít check off the list for my own use as I remember what species I see and ďhaving toĒ photograph already takes too much of the experience.

3) Yes, but it would encourage me more to be useful to the camp and when theyíd raise their fees so that I would be unable to return, Iíd regret being helpful.

4) Definitely.

5) Yes.
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Apr 16th, 2008, 07:40 AM
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1)experienced safari traveler
2)maybe/sometimes (often make my own list)
3) yes
4) yes
5) yes
lisa is offline  
Apr 16th, 2008, 07:40 AM
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1. one safari experience--there will be more

2. no

3. no

4. yes

5. yes, if reports are not just lists of animals but give some supporting information, that is illuminating, e.g. "cheetahs were seen for the first time in six month."
cw is offline  
Apr 16th, 2008, 08:12 AM
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1. Experienced (once in Southern Africa, once in Tanzania)
2. Probably yes
3. Yes
4. Yes
5. Yes
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Apr 16th, 2008, 08:12 AM
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1) Yes, been on six safaris

2) Yes (there's a very nice one available at Kgalagadi, and I used it during my visit)

3) Yes

4) Yes, definitely

5) Yes, it would certainly help in the decision-making process
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Apr 16th, 2008, 08:15 AM
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My two cents..

1. Experienced (2)

2. Yes. It was helpful after I got home as reference for my trip report and in identifying our photographs.

3. No

4. A cautious yes. I donít want to have to always know exactly where I am and what time of day it is. Iím not a professional; Iím on holiday and just want to go with the flow.

5. Maybe yes, maybe no. Itís marketing. Wildlife is so fluid and transient. All any bush report can really give is a sense of the possibilities.

Best wishes,
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Apr 16th, 2008, 08:19 AM
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Haven't read any of the other responses so am probably repeating:

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

Reasonably experienced though not as much as some here.

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

Not to mark off everything seen but have used such lists in the past to mark down any unusual sightings so can remember what the species were if stuck when IDing my photos.

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?

Yes, if I was told that this was the case (and understood how), I'd be happy to do this though possibly not to the extent of recording exact numbers of all species seen. It'd be too tedious and time-consuming to constantly be adding numbers for the commonly sighted species and I'd rather spend that time simply looking, enjoying and, sometimes, photographing.

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

To an extent, in terms of giving an idea of what species are and are not sighted in their area. However, as they seldom give ideas of how frequent these sightings are let alone a (subjective) qualitative rating of the sighting, I would not base my choice of camp solely on such information.
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Apr 16th, 2008, 08:23 AM
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1. So far I've done one safari with the idea of more to come.

2. Maybe, I wouldn't do it at the expense of enjoying the sightings. I did on my safari but probably missed recording some birds because the checklist was not the priority.

3. Probably not.

4. Yes

5. Yes, but I think that as far as game expectations go, people need to understand that there are no guarantees - that's what zoos are for. The best you can hope for is to know what type of animals are usually seen in the area and have rough ideas about frequency at different times of the year.

Hope that helps,


brw is offline  
Apr 16th, 2008, 08:42 AM
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1) Regular visitor

2) Yes

3) No - cfr. Hari's response

4) No - cfr. Hari's response

5) No - cfr. Hari's response - if I want to know something specifically I'll check it out with the people on the field.

Apr 16th, 2008, 08:45 AM
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1. Experienced (7)

2. No.

3. No.

4. Maybe - I'd need to know more about the conservation project.

5. It's interesting, but it doesn't mean that I'll see the same things if I go there!
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Apr 16th, 2008, 08:53 AM
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Hi there.
I don't mind answering this.

1. First time safari in Oct 08

2. Yes if I knew the purpose of the checklist.

3. Probably, depends what you mean by 'help'.

4. Yes, if it really did help conserve wildlife and not give info on what animals could be hunted!

5. Not really. I imagine each month can differ from year to year.
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Apr 16th, 2008, 09:03 AM
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1. Experienced
2. Yes, but only do it during the down time-mainly to remember the birds names
3. Yes
4. Yes
5. No, doesn't mean I'll see them when I get there
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Apr 16th, 2008, 09:08 AM
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1) Experienced
2) Haven't been given, but when provided, on my 2nd safari I was in awe of birds which had never before been of interest; for my own purposes I ticked off those we had seen. The list is somewhere in that year's photo album. Haven't done so since.
3) No
4) Maybe, though believe guides and trackers should do this.
5) Absolutely not.
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