Spotted Cat wrote:
Meandering Mouse wrote:
Bruce Brydon makes mention of refugees in his book, "Memories of a Game Ranger". Harry Wolhuter alludes to problems in his book, covering the first half of the last century. It has been a problem for decades. It will remain a problem as long as people are driven by poverty and desperation to seek a better life. If there is to be finger pointing, it must be at everything that leads to starvation.
To add to that ...
Alex Hawes wrote:
(South Africa's Once and Future Park)
Dedicated rangers crisscross Kruger via Land Rovers, bicycle, helicopter, and on foot to make sure that doesn't happen. Yet when tourism, conservation, and commerce all tug on the wildlife fabric, the edges start to unravel.
As the adage goes, fences make good neighbors. Ideally, fenced wildlife parks keep wild animals in, and livestock and people (save low-impact tourists) out. This doesn't always happen. Kruger borders Zimbabwe to the north and Mozambique to the east. Conservation quickly becomes complex in such a geographical bind. Since 1992, Mozambique has struggled with the transition to peace after two decades of revolution and civil war. The turmoil in Mozambique, the world's poorest nation, has produced a steady flow of illegal immigrants into South Africa, the continent's richest. From 1993 through 1997, more than 16,000 illegals were picked up in Kruger; from January to July of this year, 2,160 were arrested. The eastern border offers a perfect entry spot for those seeking to disappear into the bush. Perfect, with one exception: the carnivores on the other side.
How many illegals are killed is anyone's guess. Rangers report human footprints in the veld vanishing into nowhere and cite scraps of torn clothing as evidence of immigrants being killed by wild animals. One notorious pride of lions killed at least seven Mozambican immigrants in two weeks. Fearing the safety of its own personnel, the park management decided to shoot the pride. "It was very scary, I promise you," says Kruger's head veterinarian Douw Grobler. And at 6'4", Grobler—known as the "Gentle Giant"—does not scare easily. He hopes in the future to use radiocollars to keep track of man-eating lions, and to avoid having to kill carnivores that are simply following their instincts.
I will be very interested to hear opinions when some of you have read the book that this thread is about.
I may read it again. What I disagreed with, was the claim that a blind eye was turned over the deaths of illegals. It may be as Ndloti said, there was not a lot could be done. But as quoted above, there has been a policy of shooting the maneaters and to me that must have always been so, otherwise, the rangers and other staff would be in serious danger. A lot have patrolled on bicycles.
What I have read, is the private reserves have become very concerned at the behaviour of lion, which I would be interested to know about because, those lion are also coming in from The Kruger.
There have been videos and photos of lion looking into and at the visitors in their cars.
There are the videos on the Kgaligadi park board that show lion coming right in close around the accommodation.