Operation: Stop Poaching Now – Law Enforcement Crackdown

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Over the next few weeks, We will be sharing 10 Ways to Fight Rhino Poaching — detailing diverse solutions you can support to address the poaching crisis.


The front line in the war on poaching can be a dangerous and deadly place.  Rhino rangers risk their lives in the pursuit of criminals, using all the skill, determination and courage they can muster.  They are not, of course, always successful in apprehending poachers, but when they are and when cases come to court, it’s devastating when those convicted walk away with a nominal fine or minimal sentence and are back in business in no time at all.  That’s why training in collecting evidence at the scene of a crime, which will hold up in court, is so essential.

Crackdowns in law enforcement are critical to the success of the International Rhino Foundation’s Operation: STOP POACHING NOW!

Attending crime scene with Police low res


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Are East Africa’s flamingos doomed for extinction?

ATC News by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome


(Posted 26th August 2014)

Recent comments attributed to a senior official of the National Development Corporation have almost immediately raised the spectrum of further decampaigning of Tanzania in international tourism markets, as one of the country’s key resources, the Lake Natron flats where the entire population of East Africa’s famous flamingos is nesting, is again under imminent threat.

The last EIA was clear’ contributed a regular Arusha based source before continuing ‘The Lake Natron eco system cannot sustain soda ash mining and processing without a significant impact on the breeding patterns and breeding grounds of the flamingos. What has changed since then? Were willing accomplices, aka consultants, chosen to tailor write a new study which will serve only the interests of NDC and investors? TATA pulled out a few years ago when it became clear that they…

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At last we reached Chirundu Border post into Zambia from Zimbabwe.  BUT…for a goodbye present from the Zimbabwean Border officials, yet another bribe.  Apparently we did not have Interpol clearance for our vehicle.  Yet, they allowed us into the country, without advising us we needed Interpol.  So another 50 USD into the corrupt officials pockets of Zimbabwe,  Without shame…and inside the immigration locale we were told they want 100 USD bribe.  And calling it a bribe. At least we managed to only pay 50 USD. By now the German was spitting mad and all we could do was pay the stupid bribe. We could not get quick enough over to the Zambian side. 

Crossing the bridge over the Zambezi River into Chirundu, you realise the reason why the Zambezi River is called “The Mighty Zambezi”, as it is maginificently Mighty.  Once we crossed this bridge, I felt a sense of calm.  If the reason was a feeling of the familiar, or the after effects of the huge disappointment of our few days in Zimbabwe, I cannot say.  All I know, we were calm and relaxed as soon as we crossed.


After a quick stop in the village at Chirundu to buy a few supplies from the local market, which I enjoy tremendously, we turned towards the Chiawa Road on our way to our destination Kiambi.  To get to Kiambi, we once again had to cross the Zambezi.  This time on the local pontoon.  Ironically we were some of the last people to cross with the pontoon. As not only was the bridge nearly complete, but the pontoon was sunk by an uneven load with a heavy transport vehicle a few days after we crossed.  But I am glad we got the opportunity to do it the “local way”, as it has been done for many many years.


After a few kilometres we were at Kiambi.  An oasis after a long dusty day.  Kiambi is set on the banks of the Zambezi with a view over to the Zimbabwean side, leading into Mana Pools.  Lovely cool green grass and trees. Kiambi consists of chalets, as well as tented accommodation and camping.  We decided we would do a bit of luxury and camping on this trip and Kiambi was one of our camping venues.  Of course, as we know the German, things get done just slightly differently and he has “modified” our vehicle at the back with a bed and pull out “kitchen area”.  So we had a kind of mobile home.  Lucky for us we had the camp site for ourselves and we had the best spot.  The ablutions were very clean and always had hot water fed by a donkey. What is nice at this camp site, is that there is a lovely bar with deck, which caters for the campers, specially when the camp is full.  Although we did not need it at this time. And as we were the only campers, we were invited to use the main eating area and bar. 

So in true blood South African style, we had a fire going before you could say “bob is your uncle” .  Now, if there is anyone in this world who wants to tell me that to sit on the banks of the Zambezi, with a glass of wine with your loved ones or friends, with the sun setting, elephants drinking and foraging in full view, Fish Eagles calling as only an African Fish Eagle can AND you hear lions calling and roaring at a close distance, is not special…or boring…I will eat one of my hats.

And now I am at my beloved Mighty Zambezi River and I am at peace….. (to be continued)



Elephants face extinction

ATC News by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome

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Elephants face extinction
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Elephants Face Extinction if Ivory Trade Not Banned

International Business Times | 08 August, 2014 | Hannah Osborne |

In order to save elephants from extinction, all ivory markets across the world must close and any government stockpiles destroyed, the Wildlife Conservation Society has said. A report by the US-based conservation group said corruption, organised crime and poor law enforcement means the ivory trade will… Full Story →

Public protector requested to investigate SANParks

SA Breaking News | 19 August, 2014 | Allison Thomson |

The Public Protector has been requested to investigate the sale of 260 rhinos by SANParks to hunting companies. On the 20th July 2014 the Sunday Times published an article about the relocation of 500 rhinos out of Kruger National Park… Full Story →

World Elephant Day 2014 VIDEO


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My favourite foods on my roadtrip to Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi – July 2014

As a matter of principle and for the reason that I love food, I try and experience local foods whenever on holiday.  Regardless of the German’s dislike of the “stranger” foods and of course he wont touch it.

On our recent road trip from South Africa, through Zimbabwe, Zambia and onto Malawi, I tried to taste some local foods. As we also live in Africa, food are not much different and very similar to other African destinations. The following were my favourite foods. 

  • Spinach served at a truck stop in Bube Village, Zimbabwe
  • The best drinking yoghurt in Chirindu, Zambia, made by  zambeef
  • Along the road towards Senga Bay, Malawi, little fried potatoes which gets made  next to the road by the local villagers and served with salt and some sort of hot chilli.
  • Dried little fish at Salima in Malawi, with a little salt
  • Catfish fillet with a papaya salad at Cool Runnings in Senga Bay
  • Zitumbuwa – Fried banana fritters
  • Beef fillet with a spicey peanut sauce at Mumbo Island

I of course wanted to try the dried mice served on a kebab stick which they sell next to the road in Malawi, but the German would not let me. I might have only tasted a little toe.

zitumbuwa  spinachmouse kebab cat fish cool runnings fried potatoesbeef fillet with peanut sauce zambeef yoghurtdried fish