These incidents set one thinking
Should we continue to do these bush walks??
I have done some of the walks... and they are truly an amazing experience,
BUT we are in the animals territory,
This makes it very sad that the animal has to be shot or shot at, for our safety
And I do understand this requirement...
I also acknowledge it is a source of income for Kruger, and we know the income is much needed,
So are we doing the right thing by walking in their natural environment, and putting our beloved animals at risk?
Perhaps more game DRIVES in Sanpark vehicles??
I'm inclined to agree MW. I’ve been wondering
, and I think Sanparks must wonder about it too, if they shouldn't suspend game walks, especially in the south for the time being. The animals are nervous especially with all the poaching going on, and I think they have lost their “trust” of humans. I think that is why the ellies is also a bit worked up. You’ll remember in years gone by the ellies in the north were exceptionally aggressive, because of the wars that were going on in Zim and Mozambique. If you approached a bull or cow that came from the other side of the fence, they would charge without hesitation.
There Is still a few ellies up there with not to fond memories of soldiers and poachers alike.
So maybe they must just reconsider until things have cooled down a bit. Like you say, it is a source of income, but if you have to shoot something to protect the people that went to look for in the first place, is it worth it? I think not.
The price of one rhino is worth more than a 100 walks. And what they’re going to do with the calf now till they find mom, if they manage to find her? Catch 22 situation… Rather keep it in vehicles for now, just have more gamedrives since you have the guides to do it. There is many people that would love to spend the time you take for a bushwalk on a gamedrive.
Especially with the holiday season around the corner?