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Congress Passes Bill to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday
"Juneteenth the day that marks the end of slavery in the nation, a federal holiday. It's celebrated on the 19th of June, when the last enslaved black people in Texas learned they have been freed. The bill now heads to President Biden for his signature. Thank you. Neil. Miners in Botswana
Podcasts Receive Premieres at 2021 Tribeca Festival
"Guardians. If the river is to be premiered at the twenty twenty one tribeca festival podcast from house of pants is a series about whether it's possible to protect some of the most remote and wild places on the planet like this. The okavango delta in botswana africa
Ethiopia's conflict spills over border as thousands flee
"This week, he sent federal troops into a province of his own country. Hundreds are reported dead in the northern region of Tigre and refugees air spilling over the border into Sudan. So what explains the shift from peace to conflict? Michelle Gavin is a former ambassador and senior fellow for African studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Ambassador Gavin We're talking about the Ethiopian province of Tigre, where the violence is happening. It's squeezed into the northwest corner of Ethiopia. Figure it straddles the border of Eritrea to its north. What is so important about Tigre relative to the rest of Ethiopia? Well for many years, the Tigre and People's Liberation Front that sort of dominant political and military entity in Tigre was really first among equals in the ruling coalition for all of Ethiopia so to Graham's played an incredibly prominent role in Ethiopian governance, politics, security But with the rise of the new Prime Minister Ahmed There's been a bit of a re balancing in Ethiopia. And this is kind of opened up contest station from ethnicities across this incredibly diverse country. And there has been kind of widespread feeling that for too long, a small minority from Tigre had too much control of the federal government. So there's political tension between Tigre and Addis Ababa. Are there also historical grievances between two grand central government that we need to mention? I mean, is there a back story here? Tigre is now fighting at us. There's a lot of back story Ethiopian and certainly to Gran's were and incredibly, they weren't just dominant, politically and in the security services for many years, certainly under the leadership of Prime minister malice, But they also suffered most in the long and very costly in blood and treasure war with your tria. So there is there's also you know, a sense of probably grievance in that sense. Abby's come to power they feel targeted by new personnel choices by new policy choices. What maybe others in Ethiopia see as a re balancing the Tigre ins can often feel like persecution despite the tremendous sacrifices that they have made for the country. There are reports from Tigre oven. Ethiopian air campaign heavy bombardment at times. I mean, what's at stake here as far as you can tell ambassador Is it a possible civil war between two grands and Ethiopian troops? There is Tigre saying. We've had enough. We want independence. How should we interpret what's going on? We should absolutely be worried about a civil war, which I don't think would necessarily be contained just Teo, the Tigre region, giving all of the other tensions and actors. So what's at stake? You know the wellbeing of over 110 million Ethiopians. Regional stability. Conflict in Ethiopia has a very high chance of drawing in Eritrea. Sudan, tipping the balance of Sudan zone very fragile transition. Ethiopia's incredibly important actor in trying to bring stability to Somalia to South Sudan distracted and weekend. Ethiopia is really quite devastating, Tio this entire horn region which is strategically really significant, and there are a lot of actors external to Africa. In the Gulf, the Chinese and from the West, all of whom care deeply about stability in this region, so the prospect of drawing others in of proxy conflict it's really a powder keg, and the consequence will not be confined solely to what's happening inside Ethiopia's borders. Michelle Gavin, senior fellow for Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She also served as ambassador to Botswana from 2011 to 14. Ambassador Gavin Thank you very much. Thank you.
Washington DC Environmental Film Festival presents virtual fall showcase
"Festival in the spring, and this week it presents a virtual fall showcase from November 12 to the 18th the fall showcase. Really, It's a way to support the films that we weren't able to back in the spring. Programming director Brad for Order is excited to show Okavango River of Dreams. It's a put it look at the Great River, The Okavango in Botswana. The river really is the main character. It's beautifully shot, really showing kind of what's at stake. Ik in terms of conservation there in Botswana and the feature documentary Flint. It's narrated produced by Alec Baldwin, the director's Anthony Baxter. And he spent about four years on the ground in Flint, Michigan, following following citizens citizens activists activists who who are are fighting fighting the the environmental environmental injustice injustice issues issues that that follow follow the the water water crisis crisis there, there, Jason Jason fairly fairly W W th th a a Penis. Penis. The The Collins Collins dictionary dictionary has
Cows With Eye Images Keep Predators in Arrears
"In Botswana farmers grades there tattle at the edge of the OKAVANGO Delta. The region is teeming with wildlife including hungry predators with a taste for beef lions and leopards in particular. Ambush. Predators, they often rely on the element of surprise to creep up and take down that Prank University of New South Wales Conservation Biologist Neil Jordan life losses can be crippling to some of these farmers and the subsequent retaliatory killing of predators in response to that is a major cause of population decline in large carnival. But what if there were a simple thing farmers could do to cut their losses the idea came about. Of Painting is on the backside of cows to trick lions and leopards into thinking being seen by that would be pray and once seen like often abandon the hunt. This visionary solution was inspired by nature. A variety of species have evolved I. Spot Markings, thwart deadly adversaries. Some frog barriers feature is spots as do the back ends of some fish Jordon's colleague, Cameron Radford probably, the most famous example is on butterflies moths have. Their wings and as to practices such as birds from attacking them. Even humans are susceptible to ice pots. One study found that people are less likely to steal bikes when an image of watchful eyes is displayed nearby cracks. But despite their usefulness Predator foiling ice butts don't occur naturally in mammals to make up for this egregious evolutionary oversight, the scientists slash cow, but artists dot to work I can guarantee the cows didn't enjoy the experience didn't hurt them at all hurting those cows in the morning for the artificial treatments probably wasn't domestic citing thing for the over the four year experiment. The researchers found that not one of the hundreds of cows with ice spots on their Easter's. Killed by an ambush Predator but the study also showed that while less effective, simply painting crude cross marks on the cows deterred predators better than leaving them Oh nutshell. So perhaps, any kind of novel marking can startled in unsuspecting carnivore. Pharma's can potentially paint Nakata without official lost boats. All crosswalks that we recommend the sportscars that was the best result the Botswana Predator, Conservation Trust and the Teranga conservation. Society Australia Osso contributed to this research which appeared in the journal Communications Biology. Ultimately, a little artistic license could go a long way to safeguard both livestock herds and predators at risk of extinction looking at you kid.
Botswana president in self-quarantine after visit to Namibia
"Let's go over quickly to Botswana now and just it's one of its among the shrinking number of African countries whether it is been no confirmed case of covert nineteen so far the president of the advocacy C. using self isolation for a fourteen day period after he returned home from an official trip to neighboring Namibia the southern African country has spared no effort to prevent the spread of the disease of all learning institutions have been shut down across the country from today millions of school children must now remain at home gully into Connie is a journalist with the newspaper the reporter and a parent of school children good to have you on new year's day do me a lot good morning hello as you say in Botswana schools are closing today how's that affecting you he does I think about the very badly yeah I just home last month let me what to do I would like to hear and that and that has to do the other brother and they end up and that's the end of so we just hope when you see I don't know what to do what would you normally do what what was the arrangements you have in place this year which means we have to plan what to do not at because we didn't have any contingency plans but added that the if something like this okay what we do know what what to do it is true do you agree with the decision to close the schools yes a difficult decision any decision that'll help kid that they they they they they divide us away from the country's gritted route because we don't have it now and and and if any man any medical help would be what is it about how much of that you're able to work from home a lot of my colleagues are working from home yeah I can I can work from home no problem does that a game of the article is that universities use expensive at his side so even while what what and then I have my own yeah and and at media call like this M. C. G. one or create anything the biggest benefits and that and once yeah maybe it went to find out who had to switch off will internet plants at home and then they tell them don't have to use it a lot more that is the only equality either cool we use these even food and other and other things yeah the whole yeah let me just have a quick look if you don't if you don't mind please it was only all hello what's your name yes hi and what are you happy to be staying at home and not going to school how do you feel about it bed because a call to verify details but because it didn't what has right but you're not writing those tests are you are you feeling bad about it yeah are you enjoying playing with your brothers and sisters at home yes I am very okay thank you very much let me speak to father Melvin hello do you know how long this will go on for and others are employers helping employees make sure that they don't lose out too much despite the challenges that have come with having the schools closed we don't know how long it would take definitely we don't know how long it would take and them I think yeah this is cool we have this look and compatriots and a bit each day if if it comes at a key bit and it will be the host and regulations that it pays a lot of other that they would not show I can see that when you're going at that yeah good to talk to thank you very much for your time and thank you to adults as well for speaking to us Gauliga Kanye a journalist and books wanna he walks to the
"botswana" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Of only giving animals that are in need of antibiotics kinda biotics it's exciting to hear that you guys can use hormones it's not public information that is reasonable to see this is how you do it but in an excellent stand that our research consul recollect AFC I can conserve recess concert that you know process of formalizing they free range offered to trade ring catch the production system to see what these are the standards but I've been head of it that police is an attempt at up to it using what is available to us right now and I also understand that I wanna neighboring countries your Namibia and Botswana the I'm making more money out of the European my kid because they're sitting in the livestock is a free range type of cattle and I also understand that free range not to get that make several size you are principally for it to reach four hundred kilograms two five hundred kilogram because this is where it was thought to have been in our attitudes it is three years or more in our funding it cost to get it to that eight one of the things I think about the hormone use is not that the US doesn't use hormones at all just that we don't use that on our ranch in our cattle through studies they've actually proven that the meet of implanted cattle has just a slight amount more estrogen than an untreated animal and the one of the things about that that I kind of wanted to point out is that the use of hormones in the cattle is regulated at a federal level by the food and drug administration FDA you're listening to the exchange parts.
All modern humans originated in northern Botswana, study says
"A scientific study has suggested that all humans alive today originate from a region now in northern Botswana south of the Zambezi river the study published in the journal nature trace the human family tree using hundreds of samples of maternal DNA from living Africans from Sydney Phil Mercer reports scientists in Australia believe fei free rates in human history they say our ancestral homelands was near a giant lake in southern Africa researchers have traced an ancient family tree using samples of mitochondrial DNA which a polished from a mother to her child however other experts doubt that the human story can be reconstructed aids from this type of genetic analysis alone previous studies have suggested our origins lie in eastern Africa
Botswana, calm for decades, faces surprising election fight
"The people of Botswana go to the polls on Wednesday in a general election scene is the most closely fought since the country gained independence in nineteen sixty six more details from noms up miss echo the country's incumbent president it's a must see see has declared a long weekend starting on Wednesday to allow voters to travel to their respective constituencies to cost their balance the ruling was run a Democratic Party has governed the diamond rich southern African nation since its independence fifty three years ago and president must cece's facing the huge task of keeping his party on top but it won't be easy because of fears contest from the bulls won a patriotic front which counts former president Ian Hama among its members
Prince Harry Continues Royal Tour in Botswana While Meghan Markle and Archie Stay in South Africa
"Harry Duchess Meghan Baby. AP Archie. We'll continue their tour of southern Africa on Thursday or to Harrison mountbatten-windsor attended his first royal engagement on Wednesday as the family met retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa on Thursday. Harry and Meghan will have separate itineraries though with Harry off to Botswana and Meghan staying in Cape Town with Archie before heading to Johannesburg. She's set to start her day at a breakfast honoring South Africa's women and Harry's next stop after Botswana. We'll we'll spend Thursday night. At a new de-mining camp run owned by Halo Trust his stop there will honor his late mother Princess Diana's own work in the
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Kick Off Africa Tour With a Dance
"Its prince Harry a mega Markle's first official tore as a family A. B. C.'s Maggie Rowley says the royal couple kicked off their trip in Cape Town South Africa for ten days the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said new baby Archie who barely five months old is one of the youngest Royals to ever go on tour will travel to South Africa but hearing going on to Botswana Angola and Malawi the couple famously visited Botswana just weeks after meeting their love marked for ever and Megan's engagement ring with a diamond from the country Harry a magnum will give clothing books and other items to an Africa based charity the trains and employees women living with HIV S. community health
Harry and Meghan start 1st official tour as family in Africa
"Its prince Harry America Markle's first official tore as a family A. B. C.'s Maggie Rowley says a royal couple kicked off their trip in Cape Town South Africa for ten days the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said new baby Archie. five months old is one of the youngest Royals to ever go on tour will travel to South Africa but hearing going on to Botswana Angola and Malawi the couple famously visited Botswana just weeks after meeting their love marked for ever and Megan's engagement ring with a diamond from the country Harry and Meghan will give closing books and other items to an African based charity that trains employees women living with I. H. I. V. as community
Prince Harry and Meghan kick off first family tour of Africa
"Its prince Harry and Meghan Markle's first official tour as a family they be sees Maggie Rulli says the royal couple kicked off their trip in Cape Town South Africa for ten days the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said new baby Archie who barely five months old is one of the youngest Royals to ever go on tour will travel to South Africa but hearing going on to Botswana Angola and Malawi the couple famously visited Botswana just weeks after meeting their love marked for ever and Megan's engagement ring with a diamond from the
Tourist Photos Help African Wildlife Census
"This is scientific American sixty seconds science. I'm Christopher Dodd Yata. Tracking wildlife is a tough job. Take the case of a one eared leopard named Pavarotti for this guy. A very very big beautiful mail and you had a very very deep deep roar and so the end after Roy Kassim Rafique a wildlife biologist at Liverpool John Moores University so you see the crack of dawn and I would find his tracks. You know it's always tracks and try and find him. One day I went out and I was looking for and it tracks to offer ordered through this like woodland area and before you knew it the wheel of his Land Rover was stuck in a warthog burrow. He wasted several. Several hours getting it out and then on the way back to camp he bumped into some local tour guides in their safari guests who'd had way better luck spotting Pavarotti and basically they laughed and they told me that morning Rafique then realized that tourist wildlife sightings might be. UNTAPPED source of information about wild animals so he and his team worked with a Safari Lodge in Botswana to analyze twenty five thousand tourists photographs of wildlife. They use those as sightings of lions spotted Hyenas Leopards Cheetahs and wild dogs. Dogs they then compared those data to the estimates they made with traditional wildlife biology tactics stuff like camera traps and track surveys and Colin stations where they play sounds of distrust animals in the middle of the night and see who pops by it turned turned out that the estimates from tourist photos were just as good as those gleaned from traditional methods and the tourists were actually the only ones to see elusive cheetahs. The researchers would have missed the cats without the citizen science data. The results are in the journal current biology.
Meghan Markle Redesigned Her Engagement Ring
"What happens meghan markle's revamped or engagement ring that harry painstakingly designed for her you know what kind of soon everybody loves this woman i didn't like that much less than a year she changed the ring it's a piece of history not fashion i like that she's causing chaos over there and that's why it's all about me meghan markle me markle's that's what it is gold thick band had a big diamond from botswana because they love africa and then to little diamonds from princess diana's collection so there's tons of history there she swapped the big old band with little pie diamond band and he gave her an attorney van for their one year anniversary but she actually debuted at when they showed archie the baby notice the new ring i did you did yes A new ring on. But we did you would your wife for change the ring, you gave her what she did but it was like after our twentieth. She twenty years. She all she really did was because I did actually designing ring I did so did carry. So it was like she just added to it around it. You know what I mean? That's not really changing change. That's making it better. Come on. i was a little taken back by that at the time i'm like that was the what is so is is is that a slap in the face to harry should have asked his permission is the timing of this in the history part of this in the face because that's really soon for her to be doing that and also Sorry, you can't mess with the family, jewels, literally. and this and that curse this weddings goes marriage going to be over two years i hope so That is a curse. who's gonna take over the queen yes she it's all about no doubt about it diamonds out of the queen's t._r. to put in a ring Middleton sitting back away. very soon they're getting ready for the other foam on the runway for that depp and getting rid of cherry charles isn't going to take over I'm going to skip them in the right to William. camila could never be queen they would lose their minds over there if that happened they would they accepted horse faces Yeah. But not as Queen airship, Diana of HR, h Her, Royal Highness that
Botswana, Alastair Leaf And Government discussed on BBC World Service
"More than five hundred critically endangered vultures have been poisoned in Botswana. The government believes the deaths were caused by poachers, who are trying to hide the presence of elephant carcasses on which the birds feed Alastair leaf heard has this report when any wildlife is killed in the wilderness of Botswana by predators over humans, the vultures never far away. They're circling the carcass can be seen from long distances. So when poachers. Killed three elephants in the central district of the country for their tusks. They laced the bodies with a poisonous chemical to kill them to hard. What they've done. The butts wanna government said the area was being decontaminated and samples are being taken for testing, what's wanna is home to more elephants than any other country. But scientists have discovered poachers. And now targeting that
"botswana" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Campaigner in Botswana? Hoffa with amazing stories of Ron role in the Cold War. You're about to hear Joanna fields that she was born in California brought up to mistrust, communism. So, of course, being a rebellious youth as soon as she could nineteen Eighty-four. She went to the Soviet Union when she was there. She met underground rock musicians, like farro, the band of Boris Gribben. She cough banned from releasing musical playing any official concerts. She really liked the music, and she thought someone should get out to the west, and she's now written an account of her tape smuggling dope smoking rock enrolling is, as she shuttled back and forth, incredibly across the curtain and ended up releasing a groundbreaking double L P called red wave which featured four of those underground bands and music that many in the west just simply said, the Russians couldn't make of course, she needed a codename for all this. She chose Stingray. So from California, Joanna Stingray, told us more of her amazing story which all started with a tourist trip. To the USSR was all through interest. In those days, very difficult to go usually could not go more than a week. And it was three and a half days Moscow three and a half days. Leningrad on the bus. You are not supposed to ever leave the tower and talk to anybody. So I kind of went on a fluke, and when I was for the first half gays in Moscow, I thought my dad was right. What an awful place. Nobody's smiling. It looks on happy. It's gray that would never come back here and only change when I got to Leningrad and met Boris bench conference. Some of the underground rockers, what was the world of underground music in Leningrad, actually, like. Many of them were so Viet hippies in that time, it was not official and over the years. Would change where sometimes in a year, the Soviets would really come down on this decadent, western rock, and people could be jailed or lose their jobs in some years, it was a little bit looser. But what happened by the time? I got there nineteen Eighty-four is that hit become so big these end grant rockers just by recording in little home studios. And, you know, making copies of these cassettes, or these two tracks and millions of copies would be all over the Soviet Union within a month. So they've become very famous. These bands like a fiery Keno, legendary bands now. But of course, even though people knew them with the little cassettes, being passed around no one knew about them in the west. So why did you decide to appoint yourself the person who would introduce Russian rock to the western how did you do it, very large trousers that you stuffed everything down? Yeah, it's funny because I did have a green kind of.
Botswana, Cody And Wendling discussed on PRI's The World
"There was a landmark gay rights ruling in Botswana today, the high court they're reversed a colonial era law that criminalized same sex relations, the punishment was prison for up to seven years. Homosexuality had been illegal in Botswana since the late eighteen hundreds when it was under British rule, and overall, we should mention that more than thirty countries on the continent of Africa have laws that outlaw gay sex as of today that no longer includes Botswana following a unanimous decision by the three judge panel, which sparked celebrations outside the courtroom and the capital Gaborone. Really Cody is a gay rights activist in Botswana, and he was at the court during the ruling. We went in silently, 'cause we mostly just just confused Wendling, what the ruling is gonna be always just going through mixed emotions. I mean, it's just been lounging, honestly, we walked in arrest such a long session, I think, for about three hours in the s the Jesuits repeating the that the judgment and finally at the end when he just said it out announcing that indeed same sex. Conduct was decriminalised. We just shocked excited were hiking one with screaming just a very exciting dreadful thing with nece were. There are a lot of people in the courtroom the caught was picked. I mean, it was initially meant to be in one courtroom than that. Having to open the. Him in between just so they could also get extra sitting on the courtroom. So I mean you can just imagine how many people wait they've altogether. It's, it's interesting. The judge was quite was quite definitive in his judgment. He said, human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalized. He labeled laws banning gay sex as discriminatory, and he said, sexual orientation is not a fashion statement. It's an important attribute of one's personality. What was it like to hear that for me to hear such with being a tight? It made me feel so valued it felt as if I just bumped into my best love, and they just consist that love to me, you know, had like that moment, where you feel so special that women will you office. I didn't realize that they do need it. When this that fighting for equality. They wanna see quality. They wanna see all these ads aspects through head can now tell me about this law that has just been dropped its colonial. Law. And what did it say exactly? So in this case, the constitution wasn't really against same sex people being in a relationship, but what they were being against was those people being in relationship and heading six when you look at the continent of Africa as a whole how big of a deal is this at such a great deal? I don't wanna lie. It feels good to be amongst the countries that actually do at knowledge as homosexuals in acknowledge that indeed homosexuals wants to partake insig- trial conduct. Let's say it is a great deal in, in the neighboring countries around Botswana. Where are they on this issue? I know ongoing LA, but sauna, South Africa and was, I'm beak that countries that actually have decriminalized same sex conduct and then take a country like nine media way. They actually the law, actually. Is nothing. By the end of the day, went I think I can kick up from it is just how liberal the are that one thing that would make me one visit them to get less of me, not knowing where these than I I'm curious in Botswana has the activism around repealing that law hasn't been mostly gay men or also gay women.
News in Brief 11 June 2019
"This is the news in brief from the United Nations in New York Security Council members issued a statement on Monday offering their full support to the UN special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths, after he was reportedly criticized by the government of the war ravaged country. A fragile ceasefire has largely held in and around the keyboard city of data since the signing of the Stockholm agreement last December the accord is seen as a first move to brokering a lasting peace between opposition who teas and the Saudi led international coalition backing the government in these Security Council statement members gave their unequivocal backing to Mr. Griffiths and called on the parties to engage constructively and continuously with these special envoy in a related development, the UN political and peace building affairs chief, Rosemary, dicarlo, met Yemeni President at rob Amancio Hattie in the Saudi capital Riyadh. They discussed the work of the Yemen envoy, and the way forward for advancing the fridge. Al ceasefire accord, and for returning to dialogue to reach a political solution to the white a conflict, according to a statement attributed to miss dicarlo the discussions were described as productive and miss dicarlo thanked president had for his government's commitment to full implementation of the Stockholm agreement fundamental change to the world of working polluting and e you wide minimum wage is needed to address the growing gap between society's haves and have nots French president Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday in a speech at the international labor organization's Santini conference in Geneva. mR Macron insisted that the accumulation of wealth in the hands of the few from globalization had created a law of the jungle. This had opened the door to damaging, nationalism, xenophobia and disillusionment with democracy. He said also at the Isla conference. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Member Sates to step up the fight against child labor of the one hundred fifty two million children forced to work globally. Some seventy three. Million were involved in hazardous activities. She said in support of Ireland's initiative to end the scourge globally by twenty twenty five and finally a landmark ruling by Botswana's high court that scraps laws against same sex relationships has been welcomed by you and human rights, top official, Michelle Basch, let in a statement on Tuesday, the U N, High Commissioner underlined that the high court had unanimously found sections of the penal code to be unconstitutional, and a violation of human rights such discrimination has impacts that go far beyond arrest and detention miss Bachelet said, noting that the criminalization of lesbian gay bisexual and transgender people could lead to them being denied health care, education, employment and housing, but swan as decision follows similar action in nine other countries in the past five years, including Angola, Belise India, and Trinidad and Tobago in Kenya last month. However, a similar constitutional challenge to overturn laws that discriminate against the. Lgbtq community was unsuccessful Daniel Johnson, UN news.
Botswana, Africa And Seven Years discussed on Bill Handel
"The high court of Botswana in southern Africa has rejected laws against same sex relations the court founded unconstitutional to call gay sex crime or punish it with up to seven years
"botswana" Discussed on WGN Radio
"One final thought on my train trip across the eastern third of the country. There was no TSA and really if there was any security. We didn't see it. So interesting. Part of it was it actually was completely hassle-free. Arriving your patient in Washington DC and getting off. Then station in downtown Chicago from the point of view of all the hassle, we have with air travel train travel, at least from the security point was, was actually very, very easy. So let me pick one place that I'm gonna be near in ten days. And the reason I taking you to Towanda is something really remarkable happened in two thousand fourteen be newly elected president of FOX, one of one of the very first official and. Outlawed the hunting of elephants in Botswana. And there was quite a. Extremely controversial. There are very few countries left in Africa. They have large elephant populations and permit elephant hunting in one actually, has the largest elephant population of any of the African countries. One hundred thirty thousand elephants are believed to exist in Botswana with more than anywhere else in the continent. The neighboring countries to Botswana that, that, that still had all the time then be a. Namibia. And some Bob way. And of course, found Africa world actually being in ten days have long had elephant hunting, as headbutts, one of about twenty was viewed to be the model of all the all the countries in Africa for how to sustain elephant, populations control poaching and provide an economic return, plus minimize human animal conflicts. So what's wanna prior to two thousand fourteen in many respects have been looked to as one of the really there? But how we can maintain what big game species in Africa with exploding population expansion of agriculture and really very difficult situation. So two thousand fourteen wanna ban was was issued because the president of Botswana, depending on what you want to believe either wanted to have twenty become a photo safari destination for for the. World view, elephants, or he wanted to enrich himself with the photo safari companies that he yelled. But in any event two thousand nineteen last week. Twentieth. Legislate to reverse the two thousand fourteen ban, and re-instill elephant hunting, to, to Botswana and when it did. So there was an international basically, every conservation, environmental world, really international explosion. And, and from the point of view of discussing it. What you share you what I was made aware of first of all the anti hunting groups went absolutely ballistic saying, how terrible this was. And meanwhile about one of the villagers and the local communities had been pleading with the government to reinstitute hunting, because poaching for illegal ivory at escalated, so bad when an and you have all the cartels that operate in Africa moving into vox wanna because now there was no longer read protection, a no longer vested interest in protecting elephants. And of course, the hunting community with watching the demise of the largest hurry now and knowing that it was going to have a similar fate of other countries. Where does not take place because there's no wonder protect the elephants. So all of these interests converged last week and one of those things that doesn't make the front pages of newspapers into. Interestingly enough, because it's a very serious issue about one like management. And I think the reason it doesn't make the front pages. But newspapers is because it's about why hunting is so important to maintain the cannot the economies of African countries much as it is the name economies in rural America. So the media as a whole this is a pretty sweeping comment. They generally do not cover very, well stories involve the benefits that surround hunting in, if I have time this morning, I'm going to talk about the delisting of the great wall. Donald talk about it next week. So in box, I wasn't hunting back on. Clearly, the elephants are the they are the postal child of Africa. And they are that missing animals. And if you've ever seen one firsthand and I don't mean zoo. I mean when you're actually standing on foot, the ground is I haven't bought Toronto, I myself I'm not an on hundred. I, I have no interest in shooting. But I certainly understand how hunting elephants has made the all population such that it can be sustained in managed in what was happening about swan hunting was closed, of course elephants move into areas where they had not been before in herd of elephants. Will ROY crop land in one night? Not only that, I don't understand offensive at buildings, and they literally just houses, and they would just walk through them and heard so elephant for being shot by villain, tears because the elephants invaded the. The village they were being killed for their ivory and left, it die by this terrible. Poaching cartel is a cartel that exists throughout southern Africa, the but actually exist throughout the continent. Try to fulfil this, this crazy notion of aphrodisiac that I rea- supposed to be, of course, the Asian countries and China has been absolutely one of the worst players in this in illicit ivory market, and we talked about, you know, right now about terrorist China and all these things, why doesn't anyone talked about what China is doing to ravage. The, the right officers and elephant and, and hip, not excuse me right now. Elephant populations. Now, the ivory market has taken over and these, and these heavily armed well-financed cartels with helicopters, all the most modern technology. They're basically military operations are just throwing the remaining African wildlife for the this aphrodisiac ground up. I reorder impact. I read self so you never hear about that. Maybe the world will be a lot more excited about getting tough on China. At least most Americans might be for Americans might be more excited about getting tough on China if they realize that China was really the world leader in the traffic. It'll be the library while we don't want to talk about that. And I don't know why folks morning him when in Botswana when the hunting ban was lifted the immediately concessionaire that have been forced out five years ago have begun to come back in. Only happened last week. But the number of applications that are being filed for people to come back in, in the first thing that will happen. Is that the concessionaires we'll get control of the concession again. And then they will hire people to protect the elephants, and the and the poachers coming in to destroy the elephants in their absence are going to be met with an equally. Well armed an equally sophisticated anti ring. To protect the elephants, because elephant hunting is worth tens of millions of dollars in Konami. What we're fifty cents means a lot of money. So yes, elephant hunting has its pros and cons. And no, this is no longer in the world of artist Hemingway when we glorified the things that were taking place at a time. The world was very different. But on the other hand, the hunting, elephants in Africa is part of the is part of the toolbox. The mosaic if you will that will keep the greatest arguably the greatest animal on earth, a lot and wanting free in the wild. It's not going to be done solely. With photographic safaris, if not going to be done, solely because people say, oh, let's protect the elephants have Africa operate, like America. So there has to be invested economic interest in trying to protect the elements and the vested economic interest comes in the form of hunting, which provides the greatest amount of revenue possible to fund the government funding, and I pulled him organizations provide the habitat, protect the villages. All those things are intertwined. So was actually a very big deal last week when Botswana lifted its ban on the sale of ivory, excuse me. The its ban on the hunting of elephants. There's still obviously international ban on the sale of ivory. So when I come back, next week, I'm gonna continue at least with part of this theme, which is going to bring it to America, where the delisting of, of wolves in the west and the opening up of wolves hunting in the west is, is in some ways, America's discussion to what Africa's had elephants are economics or a little bit different situation different, but the general theme is the same. So thank you very much listening. Let's hope we have another week drying out in the great heartland. I'll be back next Sunday morning with much more in the great outdoors. This is Charlie Potter on the outdoor voice of Chicago in America, seven twenty WGN. At.
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"Coming home. A team of historians and archaeologists in the United States, say they've discovered the law ship known to have smuggled slaves from Africa. The remains of the KLA Tilda were found at the bottom of the mobile river in Alabama. It's believed the wooden ship was intentionally sunk in eighteen sixty to try to hide evidence of its use in the slave trade, three years later, president ABRAHAM LINCOLN signed the emancipation proclamation to end slavery and free. Millions of African Americans. But swan has lifted a five-year burn on the hunting of elephants. Government said, reinstating hunting would help address conflict between humans and elephants. He has understood Neath head. The Botswana government said it carried out extensive consultations before making the decision to lift its ban on hunting, the country is a sanctuary for around one hundred thirty thousand elephants, a third of those left in Africa after poaching has reduced numbers across the continent. But having so many leads to conflict with a growing population of humans farmers crops had been destroyed and people killed. There's debate over whether hunting will increase or decrease the elephant population. But well regulated hunting can be used as a conservation tool if the money raised by killing some animals is put back into conserving others. This is the world news from the BBC, the World, Health Organization is to call for increased efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance at the annual dougy. Show assembly in Geneva. Member States will call for strict guidelines on how, and when antibiotics should be used and greater funding for research into new treatments. Imaging folks reports the wonder drugs of the twentieth century, which cured tuber colossus and stopped soldiers dying from minor wounds that became infected are losing their power. The reasons are complex overuse of antibiotics in humans inappropriate. Use in agriculture poor hygiene in hospitals, lack of clean, water and low vaccination levels caused preventable infections, which then need treatment, the US authorities have revealed details of a six migrant child to die. While in custody, the ten year old girl from El Salvador died in September. But the information has only just been made public. She had arrived on accompanied in the US with a history of heart problems. She died after undergoing surgery. Since then five other children, all from Guatemala have died while in custody the latest on Monday. Britain has rejected a UN resolution that demands it give back control of their Chico. Silence to Mauritius within six months, the non-binding vote in New York saw one hundred sixteen countries support the resolution with only six against Britain kept control over Chegos when Mauritius became independent in nineteen sixty five and allows the US to operate a military base on the ACL Garcia polls have opened in Britain, and the Netherlands to start the process of elections for the European parliament across the EU, the twenty-six, other Member States will vote over the next three days prison had intended to leave the EU before the vote. But is taking part because of the delay in delivering Brexit. The results will be announced on Sunday evening, BBC news. This is the inquiry on the BBC World Service with me. Kavita Puri each week, one question four expert witnesses and then answer. A group of women standing around community water pump on a street in Jakarta the capital of Indonesia. A mother crouches down supporting her naked infant. She washes, his body, he wriggles, but she has little option. It's the only place she can get clean water. This mother like nearly half the city doesn't get piped water into her home. She relies on these community pumps to bring it all the way from the ground. But is the water is sucked out the city above the land and buildings a sinking and fast some by up to twenty five. Centimeters a year and is the city gets lower flooding is getting worse. The situation is so bad. The governments announced it wants to build a whole new capital. And I'm bishops and costly endeavor. It would mean transferring the seats of government judiciary and central Bank to another place altogether. That's even before you've.
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"So they can better see those eagles that might be coming for them, for instance. And so then we had the opportunity if you're interested in having a mere cat perched on top of your head just stand next to the guide and be a little taller. So that you're a better vantage point insurance. Now, I've got a mere cat on my head, and they'll be pictures of that in the show notes. But what can you say, it was a fascinating experience, and and the employees seven different people who keep an eye on these different colonies because for instance in. Amir cat colony only the alpha male in the alpha female mate and the rest of the clan takes care of the young. But if they were to lose that alpha male or female to an eagle or some other predator, then they would have to attract a nother. Wild mere cat to come in. And those would not be as comfortable with human. So if that happens, they need to not send visitors to that particular clan of MIR cats until the haven't alpha male and alpha female, and so they're keeping an eye. So they know what's going on. So they know where these animals are interesting employs seven different people full-time whose job is to stand out here and keep an eye on your cats, which is an interesting profession camp itself is very casual as you come in. It's a small camp. There's only maybe ten to twelve tents total. I think the last day were there there were three of us Bill from butts wanna trick and Sarah. And I and then to other people, and and that was there were five guests total. And as you come in, you meet all the other guests, you meet all of the staff. Everybody greets you by name. You're given one guide who will take you on all of the different excursions. Our guide was AUSSIE who. Really enjoyed meeting. But we also enjoyed talking to some of the other guides over dinner. It's a common table and very interesting experience, very pleasant experience. Again, a high end luxury experience they did have a plunge pool. There owes a little chilly, but very warm weather. So it was relief. And again, we had lions just outside the camp. And they made sure they walk to you to your tent because there's a lot of privacy. This would be a great place for honeymooners, for instance in. So as you're walking to your tent, it's not twenty feet. It's a way over there. So they make sure they walk you to and from your tent in the dark. This is still an off the grid experience. There is a generator at the camp that they run during the daytime to keep fan going in your room. But they do turn it off at night. When you come into your tent at night, there are lanterns there, which does help with that whole Victorian England kind of vibe there are refrigerators with cold drinks. So that would be different. And there is a place that you can plug in Uralic Tron IX in the. Dining tent, but again, no cell phone WI fi. But great experience at Jack's camp. This company has three camps in this area. And we've toured one of the other camps. It doesn't have quite the Stanley in Livingston field. But all the camps. They're really wonderful. Very good service, obviously good food, but you would expect that at that sort of price point. And then they also have camps in other neighboring countries as well like Namibia and the name of that company that runs those camps in natural selection. So put a link to that in the show to Jack's camp. If you're interested in more information about that. And that is probably going to wrap up this show. It is a long show. But it was an amazing.
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"So we had an interesting adventure. Yes. What? So you haven't seen this kind of seen before with while you? Do you know many times come across dogs finishing off the kill? And again, it's quite right. It's not like every other Sephardi UCLA this many times, all you. Find is really dogs lying on this out of the road on the road, and and video activity, but to sit that I think we were there for more than an hour and a half in the afternoon, the the interacted made a lot of noise, and which especially nothing itself to see. But to follow them watch them kill Robbie tweet us. Okay. We didn't seem that rabid. It went into the tree when they caught it. And then full of them is chasing impalas. Listen line coding. Wow, close is just behind. Honestly is just behind. This is like hundred fifty. So she is calling for the rest of crime the pride. Well, they were two lines calling this way. And I think it's about half a mile away. And this one is responding to those now this is leaving camp, they footprints from this is the lines. I think that we were trying to find just after we left when we're going to see the dogs. But anyhow coming back to the dogs to actually watch them. Chase over the thing. That was amazing. Seeing the plus dogs surrounding will be trying to get the wildebeest to turn and run an expose babies, and they will just not give you know barging. Eighty eighty was just amazing. But this is the beauty of this work. Just know what you're going to get. Other day. You said of something comes up to getting a thought I'd seen everything you'd think you've seen that something comes up that just the prizes. If it's funny because when we go out on the game drives they'll be hours where we're seeing some impalas some hippos general games game just being genital game. And then there are moments of. Exhilaration what happened? Exactly. That's that's think. Case say that a lot of that is I think because the tracking skills of Johnny say extraordinary. Oh, yeah. I mean, he sees the footprints he knows how certain animals again to react to think. And that's why he can find dogs. Oh, yeah. I think if I was driving around here self-drive. I would see the hippos because they're in the hippo pools. They're pretty easy spot. Right. I would see the Impala because they're hard to see the water buck. But I don't think it's carnivores, but the trick and skills help a lot a great deal. And the what we've seen the other day. We'd tracked lines successfully on them. But what also helps is as we get into this area's that we all rates in throughout the you tend to know you'll resident animals kind of to finding. Yes. So it helps a lot when you know, what are resident species and where they hang out. And I think with the dogs it worked out that way. Today. We went to a place where we felt on Jensen finding them would be higher because this is where we see them of. So yeah, it helps helps all but that was fun. Hostile thing was great. That was actually went to get you guys because I think we can find lion on the road if it's not positive through camp Campredon. The line income. And it turns out we did not meet to go look for the lion because the lion came and walked fifty feet away from us while we were sitting in camp was able to get that. Fortunately, not as my last recording. If feels a little odd turning on the recording getting ready for a line. All we found was this recording. And this guy. She or he. It's hard to say. To the people that would do I can tell the difference between male and female now, I would put my money on it being female because they more females than the male. Males. To the end of this. You saw easy because I'm nails. I don't make much around the camp. You saw female tracks or both both. Isn't it sounds like? Different. He's right. Yeah. About. Okay. Being..
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"And no, I did not speed up that audio and no the African wild dogs had not been breathing helium. They just have this high pitched squeaky sound that they make. But we had this experience where we went out on the hunt with them, and I reference this earlier we are bouncing along. Johnny is a fan of Formula one. And he was using his racing skills on these bumpy tracks. I to call them roads is really too much and trying to keep up these well dogs and trying to anticipate where they're going, and I mentioned we helped somebody out who got stuck in the middle of when we were trying to do this. We came back in time to see them. Try and attack a group of wildebeest, and I have some video of this again in that article that referencing where the wildebeest have formed a ring around the young I think they had three young about twelve will be in this pack is circling them, and they will be having none of it. They're driving them off and staying in the circle to protect the young. And so they while dogs decided basically some dog is gonna get hurt if they stay here. So they chase after some Impala that they see Impala the fast food of this particular area, and they are looted by the first one, but they chase down and Apolo. And while we watch they basically ripped to shreds because this is what safari life is like with carnivores that is really what they're trying to do. And Johnny mentioned that some people some guests really uncomfortable right around this point because they're saying, hey, the wild dogs murdered that Impala while the while does are eating that Impala. This is the food chain. This is the way things were. Here in Africa. And it's something you need to be aware of if you're going to go on safari as you might run into one of these amazing experiences. But it also might make you just a little queasy at times. They look a lot less like your domestic dog win. This feeding rampage is going on for instance. When we got back to the camp there is a little commotion going on. Because I there was something that pass through the camp that I saw I think we decided probably was Honey badger. But there was a question whether it was a civic, a small cat or not. And then we talk about the wild dog experience. Delivered Schick was talking about. Lipid coding before we go to. Just outside Kemp. And I believe that it must have been still remember as we came in we swim palace cross is valley here that bet I believe that that leopard was talking to sounds to me like is either tried to get one or his just quote one in impulse despondent. Dulles mountains on here, close the plane hit is in polish and is definitely applied to like even line could be line..
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"But if you're careful the resources here where we are alone should stay yet. Stay the threat as opposed to places like downsize global warming, see being heavy more more prolonged the you know, every second. And if that yet. Yeah, that means to to places like downtown on the threat from that is in the ration- eventually you can see dry amount, signage. Here obviously, lettering, baby commute. You're saying this whole area to has seen major major changes. We're on the dry where basically on the dry lake bed from lake from thousands of years ago back when the children and the mazy rivers also drained into exactly also drained into the interior central poisons Africa. Than their Nick developments, like the refunding his stuff extending into southern after get captured other rivercenter dedicated to the east of lake and eventually went and drove goes when you about ten thousand years ago ten does just that what is for me. Yeah. And the Bill you finished peace corps, but didn't stop coming to butts. Wanna know I came back in many different ways, including many trips I've kind of lost count now but few now, but it wasn't until recently that you've actually started to make your living from bringing tourists to SOS wanna. So last January. I did not renew my contract as a teacher in Hawaii and decided to go full bore with taking people and. Sewing wanted because I think it's important to share this place because of its unique place on the planet. The Okamoto delta in central caller HARA game reserve, it's something that everybody should see once in a lifetime. I don't wanna say bucket list. But if you wanna say about list, it's been on my bucket list multiple times keep coming back and sharing. So like meeting Johnny in two thousand eleven which was when the the video was flowing. We didn't exactly meet, but we told you the story about the leopard you've got a video on YouTube. If you give me the link via. The hunting leopard you could tell the story again. Okay. Well, I will tell the story. I've told them many times I was here with my friend Randy from high school in we're on safari incivility, and we had gone out on a an afternoon drive in Mead stopped in an area. Where we saw lineup attracts on the road. We came back to that Saint spot couple hours later they're handful vehicles there. So we came late to the party, but we pulled up found a little spot pull into and people were saying there's a leopard right there in the grassy can't see it. But it's there. So I got my camera and started filming grass, and then the leopard pops up and walks right into my frame. So I had a perspective of the leopard where I could see her ears in the tall grass as multiple Impala were passing from right to left. And she was looking like, you know, jumping what item on the menu might gonna pick. But what happened was they all Impala just pastor? And she didn't she didn't jump on any. So I was about to run out of tape. So had my friend cue up the tape and have in his hand ready to go. So I can make the switch because I had in the back of my mind, I'm going to miss this really when they captured on film. So swapped the tape out what happened the bachelor of the heard nudged to female. She jumped in front of this leopard, and it was like three to one boom, she pounced on the Impala. They tackled ruled a couple times. And then about five minutes later, the leopard was dragging the Impala towards the tree. And at that point. There's a lot of people so our guide Godfrey at the time told us, we should probably take the pressure off of this cat in let her get her kill up. In the tree because it was getting dark in. That's when the the lines will come out in hyenas come out and try to steal her kill. So we went back to camp hi-fi..
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"Yes. My related in nineteen ninety. That's correct. I was a mole Papa Walker. He so peace corps. Volunteer. You'll have to define. Mope what he so mo- puddle Walker. He so Walker. He so means piece of piece of Elia person of peace will days regimen, regiment. Okay. See I just learned to Papua. He's course. So okay. Puzzling regimen into offense regiment, or it could mean department of these okay, I came here with the department of peace to bring goodwill. I was designing technology teacher in at six on the panhandle of delta. It's a six was a originally a refugee camp from it was a it's a former refugee camp of thirteen. So as a one through thirteen at six was kind of the middle where the co-op market was from wars in Angola Namibia back in the think of the nineteen seventies in mostly ending around nineteen eighty do believe. So when I arrived there, I was in a brand new school with my own house fully furnished classroom full of tools in boxes weight into nd. Most of them were still there in teaching design technology for two years, but on my. My brakes I was able to cross over into the Okavango delta which was where we right on the edge ran in from that early experience. I saw pristine wilderness at new idea how much wildlife I would see. So because of where I live. I saw a lot of wildlife compared to other peace corps volunteers. So in in a couple of instances, I would hope organize trips canoe trips across the border into Nydia in we'd have friends come visit me because I was kind of an desirable place to be compared to some of the peace corps volunteers were there some when you're coming. He's actually here pretty new compared to win the parks get set up 'cause you're saying that will your dad helped. Together. We are the nineteen sixty three when it was in Kilby is only two years before them just before that nine nineteen sixty one. Yeah. So all relatively new at that point transitioning from big game hunting, non unconservative. Conservation. Oh, the correct term by right? That's that's what it became because the hunting itself was actually pushing any most of extinction yet that hit continues. We could say if you say that sentence would not be, of course, wasn't all tourists. It was also locals, right? Everyone else involved. It was the currents economic activity of time into it doesn't just always shooting in the moss regulating how much you could hot August. It was ended noses right with as sit goods lay to who on with this two conservation areas there for areas allowed to but you've become more. Regulated 's go to your point to sentence species could be hunted in others taken off hunting quota in hunting. Kudo? New hop in different time at the right time in the and it will be coached off to allow species to breed without any interruption in feelings. So that. Hunting which has since been stopped. I think as navy five years now completely. They still token about with to open -unding full specific species that. Inventions. But when that will happen, we have when you also sit poaching here is not as big a problem as it is in some other places, you know, being that, but Zona has been assed accessible at sexists in Africa in many ways. Yeah, politically, it doesn't hurt if he doesn't he doesn't have doesn't have This kind of to. thing. Yes. Point defendants, but we must pay tribute to founding yet in that they would vision in set up the country's foundation of leading just grab for power. Oh visited. Eruption in the process from the dominant held to establish a country that didn't have any developments at the independence to one of his excess stories in middle income state countries. Aleph got from one of three poorest two million. Hogan's relation now when two people in two million people in the size of France tech, depending on yet with a references with the lease on corruption in African continent political will to preserve in that way of nation important Smith initially UN's evasion is something that which takes very seriously after it brings money these some out from the top tweeting vest dynasties will run out someday..
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"Abed life aquatic creatures. It's amazing transformation. But then, you know, many as Lehto few show t as a ten. That I may just get stolen the way this life. That depends on it. Then that divest from Asian is also just as dramatic. Fishing. Yeah. Like, like, let's take into fishing in this many animals that would unfortunately gonna die fishes in this dry pools crocodiles, and some of the hippos that may not know of other was stream will creating of course, feeding if east full the printed the life of then to life all this frenzy all this feast to comes to end in creates this. Another Hosh destig- conditions abouts of tea, and then you have a long been any more elephants that immediately, but each down the memory Bank can remember that was elsewhere, and they will go and survive than the drives slipped on comeback season and keep coming back and forth onto that flows. Again. So you know, when you go there, there's only as you drive through this Bank. You look at it than almost much Cheminant. Why do that very moment? But it doesn't of course than times. We'll come back us. It's like an international. We'll know you're going to the United States that's extra flowing, and it will be people that will not exist with wooden. It's an amazing place enemies, if another finance I would do that. And then another two nights, I would go to Shiva fund area where much of this t- shouting, David trobisch life would be at in Christ of times. That's you'll periods between may to toba just before the writings, this is why you see the most elephants in one place several thousand 'cause they have to come down. Because this you have a good source of war to their food supply is in his best in late two times. So you tend to see the drought taking its toll on this fetus, news condition, thin, wait for the into grass with seeing the. A minded of incident that we've had on this trip. So when we see the lions when we see the leopards when we see the elephants are, you know, all the wild dogs, such we're we're having an amazing moment you've seen all that. But the one thing that I saw this trip that you that got your tension was when one hundred percents. Offense March by camp that didn't seem like that something you see every day. You know? Yes. Use it in the is studying to rain the first right of the right, right? You're come to place. That's been so dry rains that? It's before it's that it falling. And we could hear that bulls. Been this guy, we could also notify. Yeah. The excitement of this elephants. But they was no hint of elephants. We didn't you. And I in the middle of the rain and listening to you know, to the rumbles of the rain and. And that everyday and for many, isn't it? In the rain will use the elephants. I mean in such excitement. This thing about them Givanno just hundred elephants. They were extremely excited. Elephants wasn't amazing moment amazing. Getting see that all the time. Look yesterday receding as much the body language of elephants. We saw yesterday while I anything to see because they close to was not set a celebrates one. They had been working in the sun in the in just trying to get to quiz. You're thirty something. What are you seeing this? There's a bird there yellow hotel. Sorry, see, I know Like that. that. We're back here. So when you start I don't know what's going on paradise flycatcher and put a picture of on the mobile safari that here in Canada. Yeah. But you know, let's not forget those two epicenter saw the interaction between the mother. You know, we the Elliott. Just watching that what's been a great relationship with a mother into from the young age now at the time in their life where him others needing. News head to be getting off. Getting no money. This happens when she's conceived not the next two in. She's getting ready full looking after the new ones that bright to come in the next three months. So the young dole Tao's, we would you've confused states. But eventually she will get it in the message move on. It's not something we see every day. So I think we're gonna privilege to see. It's been one of nothing because invades. Six nights which relatively short by. Authorities of GE's ten was ten is think we've had some moments. Bill. I wanted to bring you in your relationship with..
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"Didn't seem all upset today. We're curious, but we'll elephants. Also have a moment is your continue. Now. They go through a period of. Once twice a. Yeah. I don't blow in the eighties with the go through this month long, heightened level some ten times more than natural levels, especially you know, them by Solan temporal glands heavily streams, not head chemist dribbling all the time. And because they're urine stains on the legs address. It gives them business. Strong pungent smell now. They become really aggressive. The this whole has own thing makes them aggressive. Unpredictable. Very temperament, they take on elephants. Take on things that they just get by, you know, the commission this time, of course, defined free meals to meet with many days woken Wilkin Wigand on find on Gumma goes this this avails to vetted capital, but you can tell you can see them because they have walk about them and behavior that really don't need to dangled up with your new tube in your find clips elephants African elephants tipping over vehicles often elephants in this condition in to'rest bat is called must by putting into crazy. So, you know, people driving Monday own cannot read their body language in just get to close and before they know the. Vehicles upside down. So we were saying we're talking earlier in terms of why you picked these two spots for six day. Six nights are yet any safari that to go on you want to give the guest the best experience. Now every other place to go to at different times of the season will have his highlights this to places that we've been too quiet here have been Moreno's best. And here's the Moremi Vini get right in the middle of Marie Mcgann as ever at emit, clean area. And this place had the best predator actively in the whole of ten eighteen. In fact, I think in the last two three years has been the place to come to fury to get into good lines and good dogs. And we've seen cheetah we've seen leopard here on three nights of in this place. You won't be disappointed. And why this less trickles of the colonial would has that will dry file from above. It is that we went past. In its wildlife is wild. It's been the two best places to go to mill is to. Yes in this initially. You know, it wasn't that difficult when we had together to play Safadi obits excites. The United States denies any were saying if you added. Nights. If are you probably add in, and let's out go to t I think seventy look every places his job. Yep. Find seventy is very dried Nuys very hot than middle of the day. Like now you thinking while why we have you know, there's there's something about it. We're moment yesterday. And is driving through this place is this long bed that from embeds. I view look like Scott has cross the phase of the collide into this open, savannah. This riverbed Keti would actually some from twenty ten to two thousand fourteen it had very strong Wojtek that flow. I mean from that initial Android that after four years, but you know, that indicates and then he can also be dry for the gates study descended on this river flowing and drain off in winning that would arrive in return for the time of hundred years of awards that he has of wooded transformation that happens. Thanks. Snuff. Depending on how long has been dry for. It's been years. Somebody most that would sub interested in Scott would know remember when this river used a flow, they know just was coming and seventy becomes this green lush paradise with mids.
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"Because you're out past the cellphone range. You're out there with satellite phones, but help is gonna take you a little while to get there. We got stuck at one time and had to call back to the camp to push us out with a truck. But if you're there by yourself, or if you do this as a self drive, which you can do there's an option for that, obviously going to be cheaper. But you're not gonna have the. That you're gonna get from the guide. You're not gonna have the kind of tracking skills that we have. Where are Johnny is saying? Okay. Well, that's a male lion. That's a female lion. That's a heinous tracks. That's a rhino tracks. They're heading in this direction, those sort of things, but you're also going to be by yourself, if you get stuck which is going to be a little bit of a problem in there is a possibility of that happening. They say because you're in this delta, which has water everywhere. You're you're constantly crossing over different rivulets of water to get from one area to another. And of course, as retirement crossed. I had to think about the fact that there are crocodiles sometimes really big crocodiles in the water. We had a conversation later on about safety. I talked about some guys behaving badly while you always choose your guide will and then we talked about other issues of why is a vehicle safari safe. Known to me Quinton, Betty chicken bones on attendant in this game was digging for this because they have a great sense of smell digging for this under the tent and against didn't have much. They slept on the ground on the floor. They bedroom westbound on here. So that's where the Boone's image better that so while sleeping, suddenly the tense. That's being pushed up that vicious thing. Digging underneath addendum is trying to get to the bones and guest didn't sleep. So we get up in the morning and any by the five weaken guest common. And this is when he lets me know that those immigrate on us night about this time that he decided that just in life, for whatever reason, I don't know. So the guest came told us about this. I went to Dino Liam. Highness just good dating somebody at J downs. So I went to said duty house possible. Angry. Yes. Is just like that. Don't do anything that can cause even the slightest conflict of possibility of conflict between you guessed and wildlife. You can't do. You must always be that with your guest all the time in control of situations will be you know, in a place where you can say, okay. This should be SAF into this move into this area. Why visually seeing you? Wildlife my impressionist from your. Demeanor that what we're doing? Now, Dr safari is unless you're do something silly pretty safe very that. Don't look like prey the with a walking safari little. A little little more res- unemotional, eight vehicle. Yeah. They have never been a case where any most. Prejudiced, for instance, at people inside the vehicle, but then show food break, but even as they come through chemistry when we are on the ground. We are not immature dight. So the initially notifies ending. So it is because his. That we can comfortably actually outweighs. Even without rifles knowing very well, not being adopted jewel that they will be Neves of us. And they only run away from us and Wendy come charging to. It says is not so much traffic as killers but to by themselves face because we post to mother elephant two three days ago wasn't too happy. When we met her on the road. She said she wasn't. She wasn't charges or anything. But she was giving the body signals of I'm not happy with you being that, you know. Naturally. Mothers would protect young ocean. I get the feeling that those females where just having a good time where they were food west nice, whatever it is that that they were feeding on. They was just so nice. They didn't really just didn't want to be to move away from a Morgan from. Kind of let us know that. Cantor. They alone. They're not they're not threat. They are not threat. Image that Renault. Reading think versus the bull elephant have walked up to just kind of take a look at us and say what's going on?.
"botswana" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"That the insect life gets quite bundle which is good for the birds, but it's a little gross when you are here in that rainy season. And anytime you light a light in the evening. You get lots and lots of Chiang Ganic termites like an inch and a half long wingspan. I think this is one of the reasons why most people don't come in December. They come in may when it's much much drier. And also the next morning. We saw flying ants again, they're not so much going to bite you or anything like that. They're just kind of annoyance when you turn on the light outside your tent, and you get up and they're just swarming sound like rain as the flying ants hit the tenth because they also come out at this time of year. But after our break, we went out again on our evening game drive. And that is the rhythm of things you'd go in an evening game drive until about sunset, and then you park someplace might be in front of a hippo pool again or something like that. And you have a sundown which is a your evening drink tradition. Alie agent tonic a gin and tonic because that would give you quinine that would help prevent malaria go, though, I was more likely to have a diet coke or glass of wine. But that is something that they have carried on as a safari tradition while you're doing that again, if you're in front of a hip appeal, it might sound like this and. I was. And while we enjoyed the hippo humor. We really didn't get the jokes. But that's the rhythm of safari that morning game drive that break and then that evening game, Dr meals at appropriate times, this is a luxury safari. So the meals were all very good. They had a chef that came along. They also had people as I said, we're bringing you hot water or we're giving hot water for your shower. If you left your clothes on the floor of your tent, they would come back freshly laundered, so it wasn't a camping experience. Like, I was used to the crew would actually get up and claim the safari vehicle every morning too. So I think there was one crew member for every one of us on safari. So it is a good experience. This is not a cheap experience. That depends on how many people you take. This is going to run you. If you go with Royal safari somewhere from three sixty per person up, and that's per person per day. I should say. Cheapest if you get about seven people because that's gonna fill up the vehicle if you just wanna go one or two people that's going to be more expensive, obviously. And then as you go out on the game drive, your guide in our case. Johnny is looking for signs, especially early in the morning. He's looking in the dust on the road for lion tracks or we found rhinoceros tracks at one time on our second location. So we were in the Kwai concession, which I failed to mention earlier, which is that private concession just outside Chobe national park first. And then we went over to the Moremi game reserve now both those are still in the Okavango delta. It's just that they're in different locations. The other thing that happens is as you meet another safari vehicle, then both the guides will talk and they'll share their intelligence. Well, we know that there's wild dogs over here. Or we saw lions there where we are following them. Or they also will hear on the radio as I mentioned earlier, we heard on the radio that that mother. Leopard and her daughter were now hanging out and again went back to the same area. So that network of guides working together is very important and Johnny says if you don't work together with the other guides, then they're not going to work with you. And so everybody does look out for each other. And they also look out for each other in terms of if you see somebody stuck we had to one point when we're in the Moremi gamers are take a break in the middle of chasing pack of wild dogs. And I'll get more into that story later to help somebody out of one of these river crossings that they got stuck in the mud, and that's what you do..
"botswana" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"And then it would warm up during the day where we woke up, and it was shirt sleeve, whether when we got up at four thirty but by this time of day, just a little warm. Fortunately, it's been cloudy. So we haven't had it quite as hot. But it's been it's been warm this time of day. So nice time to take a break. In here all the bird life here. This is a bird paradise especially during this time of year this wet time of year because this is the time of year where the species of birds that migrate up to Europe during Europe's summer are coming back to this area to this wetlands, and so there are four hundred fifty different species of birds in the delta region. So if you are a burger, this is a really good time to go as well as a really great place to go. I cannot keep track of all the different birds that we have heard or seen so far. I'll try and get you a list later on. We've got a a guidebook that we're using to keep score on all the different things that we've seen they'll give you some idea. We started to recognize some of the bird cries as being alarm as we followed the mother left bird and her daughter earlier today, we could hear the things like the Guinea fowl. That were raising the alarm that. There was a leopard in the area to deprive them of the ability to surprise some other animal or some bird. Grins? Not. And I went to time. Getting November stay of the rainy season lead. And then the launch, and it's into the central areas of woodland can fish came push one thing that I didn't capture on audio that. I sure wish I would have. So I'm was recording there, and you heard the thunder in the background and we saw lightning off in the distance. And this was really one of the first rains of the rainy season. They were coming a little late and the elephants got very excited because there was moisture coming and so while we watched about one hundred different elephants trooped by our camp hitting with great excitement off towards the lightning to the west of us. And even our guide was excited to something. You don't see that normally even with as many elephants as there are as easy. It is to see elephants in that area. Seeing one hundred at the same time. It was many different family groups one. Right after another as if it were parade. Now, the other thing that happens when it rains, which we didn't know, which we found out later that evening is all over the place. There are termite mounds. These are the six ten foot tall termite mounds, oddly enough that termites are in those sort of mounds actually, don't eat would they grow a fungus that dissolves would. And these are long lived colonies of termites colony may last ten years with the same Queen and forty years total going from one to another. But when it rains the first time, they get rain like this. They open up a hole, and they let out flying termites, male and female that are going to meet the male and female from other hives and mate and the very quickly dropped their wings. And then form termite mounds. They bury under the ground. This is one of the reasons why the birds come to this area is that..
"botswana" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"We went driving as I said at first light and then out to try and find especially some carnivores we saw that leopard which was just a real highlight and spent a while watching it trying to follow it. And then we took our coffee break, basically our morning coffee, you'd stop some place about mid morning where mid morning where basically doing game drive from say five thirty in the morning till about ten ten thirty in the morning. We'd stop about halfway and have some spot where there were elephants that we could watch or hippo pool or something else. Interesting, and we would get out of the vehicle and turn down a table on the front and get morning coffee, and maybe some biscuits, or whatever and take a break. And during that break, we heard that the mother had been joined by the daughter, and so he spent part of the rest of that morning following the mother and daughter, and as you heard Johnny who is Johnny ranson who is the owner with his wife tie. L you of Royal wilderness. Talk about that leopard that leopard basically is trying to get rid of the daughter get her off on our own. It's time for her to start foraging for herself because in about six months or so she's going to have another litter. And so we saw her kind of dissuade the daughter from following her at one point even rolling in elephant dung to try and mask her sent. So it'd be harder for the daughter to follow her but fascinating to watch this. And that was basically the morning gave drive on that particular day. It's after noon now, and we're taking a break between the morning game drive and the evening game drive during the heat of the day is the best time to be out for so many reasons won't see some of the animals that you'll see like the carnivores you'll see in the morning game drive. You'd see a lot of animals coming down to the waterhole. It's just hot this season is actually the rainy season where it's. To be just a few moments ago there were lightning flashes and rain, obviously starting here a little bit in the distance just a little bit of rain where we are. Sure. So little thunder. This is not the busiest time of year because it is hotter and is both to be wetter. And once it gets really wet. It is going to be a mess here because this is sandy soil. This is really basically desert soil that has been brought to life by the waters that are coming down. And so they don't do nearly as many safaris this time of year. They'll do more in the what is the North American summertime there. Wintertime when you'd wake up in the morning, and you'd need a coat because it's going to be a lot chillier..
"botswana" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"We'll get the name for you in a bit. And that's where we're spending the night here in a campsite m fifteen in this particular concession. And I got up this morning again, the wake up call was at four thirty because we're going to go out really at first light, the stars are just dill fading. And the sun is just starting to indicate that maybe it's gonna come up here in a little bit will go out at first light. Because that's going to be our best chance to see predators. That's going to be our best chance to sea lions. And maybe the allusive leopard or some of the cats and some of the things that are not ternal or do they're they're hunting either at night or in the early morning hours when you get up here on a mobile safari, LTd talk a little bit about what home looks like. So I have a tent, and it's got a front porch of a place to stand on here. That's got ground cloth on it. You have to be careful as you're standing on any of the ground clause because they were camped among acacia trees that have thorns below them. And so I made the mistake of ignoring the advice to put on my flip flops. Last night and manage to put myself going out, the back porch, the back porch is where your shower is your sink. You're basically a a bucket of water that was warmed up this morning by the person from the camp who was greeting me this morning and woke me up at four thirty was also bringing me warm water for that sank. There's a a shower basically a bag of warmed water that is back there in the back porch. As also a toilet which is a fresh pit dug into the sand with a seat over it. And so it doesn't smell bad because it really hasn't been used that much, and you have a bucket of San next where you can cover things up when you have e- done your business. So I went out on the back porch and washed my face. We've taken a shower last night because we've been on the road so much yesterday, you're wearing your sunscreen in your insect repellent, obviously and. Your buff. Which is the circular fabric that goes around your neck can pull that up when you're passing car on those roads. So that you can not get faithful of dust. But we're people starting up nail. We'll have some breakfast. And then we'll go out all see what we're going to see. So the sounds of the night creatures are starting to be joined by the sound of the morning creatures. Isn't me back in the studio back in California. I've recorded some more different segments us through the rest of this episode one thing that didn't work out quite as well as as we were driving along I was trying to do some recording. But the safari vehicle is an open air vehicle Jesse of picture of what we're riding in play. Just a little bit of one that we get a lot of wind sounds here's so I'm not gonna play a lot of those but to create a safari vehicle what they do is. They take a Toyota pickup truck. And they basically do heavy customization for this truck. They put eight seats in the back and save two in the front and eight in the back, although Royal wilderness will only use seven of those they won't use the middle seats. They won't sell those. And then you have a refrigerator back there. We had some places where we plug in electron IX as well. But desert nothing on the side. So basically, it's completely open. So when you're looking at leopards when you're lucky at lions, or whatever there's nothing but air between you in them. And you're hoping that you. Don't look like prey because you're in this great big vehicle, which is not on the food chain. It's got a cloth top at the top. And so you've got a really great view. But what you unfortunately, have for audio is you have a lot of wind sound as you're driving down the road. And of course, you're driving over these bumpy road. So everything jingling and jangling as well. We're out on our morning game drive. A lot of game this morning. Seeing a close encounter with a mother giraffe and her to juvenile..
"botswana" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"Welcome to a special episode of amateur traveler, I'm your host, Chris Christensen. Let's talk about butts wanna. This is Chris this is going to be a different episode of amateur traveler, I'm recording some of this while I am still on a mobile safari in butts wanna in the galanga delta. I just got up on our first full day. And the stars are still out the weak up. Call this morning was at eight thirty and I have some time while I wait for other people to stumble out of their tents. So I thought I would start doing this recording. I got here because I was invited to come by butts one track and more about them later. But that is basically who is hosting the on this. We're on a safari with Royal wilderness. And this is an odd place unique in wonderful place, but an odd place in the sense that it is in inland. Delta it is where the waters from rivers that start in the highlands of Angola flow, south into Botswana, and then basically disappear into the Kalahari desert. It's an inverted. Five fingered hand if water coming into the desert, and so every place, we go is very sandy soil that has been brought to life in a great variety of life by this water that is flowing down from the north. Much of the area is national parks Chobe national park, probably one of the most famous which we drove through just a little yesterday. And just saw an amazing variety of animals. We saw wildebeest sins e Brazil and lots and lots of elephants and a few giraffes and birdlife just unimaginable. And waterbucks. And I don't remember what else we have seen. So far we flew into Mon which is at the bottom of the delta a city in Botswana flew in from Johannesburg. Most of us the best connection point to get in. And then yesterday, we drove in we're going to do to campsites three nights each and then we'll return to moan. And then I'm gonna go on to another location, which I'll tell you more about later, but we drove up the right side of the delta yesterday. So we drove one paved road until that ran out and then dirt road, and we're driving for much of that time through cattle country Cadillac very important in both the culture and the economy about Shuana when you get married your riches or determined by how many cows you have that sort of thing. And then we'd drove as far as the cattle fence before things started changing, and basically this offense that was put up along the bottom of the delta to separate the wild animals on the north of it from the Cadillac, the south and the idea originally was to protect the cattle from at least the perception that they would be interacting with wildebeest zebras and might get. Hoof and mouth disease. So it was to protect the cattle industry in Botswana. Although now, it has the opposite effect in the sense that it is sort of the line that says the cattle industry can't go any further north. And so it's protecting the wild animals when it was, and it was very disruptive apparently the wildebeest population dropped from a million different Willoughby's in Botswana because they do these wide migrations too much much less than that number. Now, tens of thousands of wildebeest. Instead, the population was similarly affected the elephant population was not because they don't range that far. They don't have that great big migration. They stay within a day or two of water. And so that's one of the reasons we saw so many is that a third of Africa's remaining elephants are here in Botswana in our in mostly in this region. And then we drove further north and came to Ciobea national park and then on into a privately community run area. And I forget the name of it..