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 Post subject: Guides of Selous
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:11 am 
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Guides of Selous.

With thanks to SANParks management and the forum moderators we are opening a new thread. This thread is aimed at assisting a group of guides called the “Guides of Selous”. This group consist of guides working and living in one of the camps in Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania.

Guide training in Tanzania is basic, standards are low and primary and secondary education opportunities are limited. Most of the guides have been brought up in Tanzania and did their training with one of the local training academies. Only the basics are taught and after that they start working.

Self study is difficult as they often don’t have books or access to the internet. In camp they have access to the internet only for short periods of time, but the internet is slow and many of them don’t know how to use it. Searching internet sites is time consuming and demands technical understanding as well as having to cross check information in order to identify accurate information and discard wrong information.

So, we want to help these guides:

In this thread the guides will post questions and ask for your help to find the correct answer.

There are so many passionate and knowledgeable forumites, so we hope that they will learn from you and get a better understanding of our wonderful world, and specifically of the ‘bush’.

Many thanks for your help!

Selous Guides
Jaap van Dijk



Basic rules of this thread:

1. Only the Selous guides will be able to post questions here.
2. Anyone may answer, but please do not speculate.
3. This thread will be heavily moderated for accuracy.
4. Please note that there may be differences in ecology and animal behaviour between S.A. and Tanzania.
5. Please limit discussions to one or two issues at a time.
6. Keep your information short, accurate and simple. Please do not re-post large amounts of information copied from websites.

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 Post subject: Re: Guides of Selous
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Imberbe, superb!
I have actually worked in Tanzania and even in the Selous region and still have a brother living/working in Tanzania.
The situation there is pretty drastic and they need all the help they can find.

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 Post subject: Re: Guides of Selous
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Welcome to all the Selous guides!

We are looking forward to having you post here. Please do not be hesitant to ask your questions. We will do our best to answer or get the answers.

It is great having you all here! :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Guides of Selous
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O...K... 8)

And the question is....??? I'm ready :roll: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Guides of Selous
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GS, Selous is special, but also different to Kruger :whistle: . this is great for the forum IMHO. 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Guides of Selous
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Hi to all Forumites,

Thanks for the warm welcome!
We are all standing around the computer and checking out the site.

We are looking forward to start asking questions and meeting new people!

Lets start with one question in general.
Later we will introduce ourselves shorly when posting a question.

Guides of Selous:
Mzee Haule, Benard, Fanuel, Furahini, Oscar, Diamon, Erick, Whiteman.

Question: Sept-09
Why there is only big baobab not smaller ones? (By Whiteman)- We only see here big baobabs and do not find any small baobabs.

Many thanks

Selous Guides,
Mzee Haule, Benard, Fanuel, Furahini, Oscar, Diamon, Erick, Whiteman.


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 Post subject: Re: Guides of Selous
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:hmz: Has is something to do with the high elephant population, as they break open the bark of the trees and the ecological succession isn't sufficient.

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 Post subject: Re: Guides of Selous
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Hi Guys and welcome to the forums!! :thumbs_up:

I think KV could be correct. Research suggests that, in East African National Parks, reduction in the baobab population could be directly related to the increased elephant browsing. Additionally, extended droughts may prevent regeneration of the seeds

There is also the problem of recognising the young baobab as it does not resemble the full grown plant being skinny and with a different leaf structure.

A suggestion has been to look around settled areas as baobab trees may be deliberately planted which will indicate that they are regenerating in areas where water is available and where overbrowsing cannot occur.

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 Post subject: Re: Guides of Selous
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:D Good question and good having you here! :thumbs_up:

I want to agree with what has already been posted.

I do think that it is probably a combination of factors that causes this. Things in nature is often a bit more complicated than just having one answer. It is often rather a combination of factors that causes something.

I would add that you have to take the Baobabs ecology in to account as well. Unlike many other plants, which has a fast reproduction rate and a relatively short life cycle, the Baobab has an extremely long life cycle. Trees can become 3000 to 4000 years old. They do not need to rush to reproduce. If they were to produce only one adult tree for each 100 years of their live, they would have been extremely successful and leave around 40 offspring. How many of you can do that? :lol:

So in a natural setting they will not produce the same number of young trees that is visible to you as say an acacia tree.

Now, if you have heavy elephant impact in an area (and they love Baobab) they will easily remove the few young Baobab that is growing. In the long term this can have a negative effect on the Baobab population, especially if they start having an impact on the adult trees as well, and in this way start limiting the numbers of seeds available.

Another more complicated explanation could be local climate change. Now this is purely speculation, but interesting to think about. It could be that you are in an area that use to be ideal Baobab climate. The right temperature and rainfall, etc. But there might have been a slight change, which means that it is not that ideal anymore, making it difficult for the younger trees to survive. The big trees are strong, and can manage to survive in less than ideal circumstance. As I say, this is merely speculation.

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 Post subject: Re: Guides of Selous
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Hi to all,

Thanks for all the enthusiastic reactions and for the help!

Let me quickly explain something about the question numbers.

Question Sept-09 is the 9th question in September the guides have put on the blackboard. These questions are copied by all guides in a 'blackboard logbook' and an answer need to be found.
The answer has to be written down and copied by all guides again.
This way stimulating them to share knowledge, making it a team effort and it is a structural way of learning while one question should be written on the board per day.
A part of their training/work here in camp.

I will try to get them into the office this evening to read the answers and reply.
Most of them are out on safaris at the moment.

Jaap

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 Post subject: Re: Guides of Selous
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hi
my name is Oscar. thank you for your help.
I am one of the guides of Selous. i have been working here for 2 years now.
i have been guiding since june this year.
i did a 3 month course with Veta Mikumi, Morogoro -Tanzania.

i have a question about elephants.

Sept 15:
how many different muscles do elephant trunk have?
thanks
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They have over forty thousand individual muscles :lol:

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Jambo/Hi
my name is Furahini, I am the one of the guides of Selous..
I would like to thank you for your help. :clap:
I have been working for 2 years, As a guide after being trained at the National College of Tourism- Tanzania.
I have a question conserning about Crocodiles.

question:
What is the maximum speed of a crocodile in the water AND on the land?

thanks
Furahini
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Jambo,

Maximum speed attained when galloping is about 18 km/h, but only for short bursts.

The swimming speed is estimated up to 10 kph, but quicker for a short burst. :D


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Hi Jambo, really nice to talk to you. :D

Bear in mind that crocodiles do not normally chase their prey, their typical
hunting strategy is one of surprise, lunging at their prey to capture it and
they are masters of a surprise attack. If you see them running it is usually back to water.


Great question. :thumbs_up:

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