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Newsletter 162
21/07/18

Raising 200

Hello Friends

Once Safari Club International banned canned lion hunting to its members, the writing was on the wall, hundreds and thousands of lions were going to die as lion breeders cashed in on the body parts trade. 

A month ago over a 100 lions were slaughtered in the Free State. Now the Department of Environment has issued a permit for 1,500 lions to be killed for the body parts.

These body parts are shipped legally to China and will then be relabeled Tiger Bones and sold for medicinal purposes in the Chinese markets. 

The ramifications for the wild tiger are huge and only time will tell the full impact on the wild populations of Tigers.

The Politicians who took this decision obviously did not take the impact this would have on wild tigers and indeed any wild cats into accounts. I can only think there are other motivating factors behind this decision. 

The canned lion industry started by the Apartheid Government, expanded by the ANC Government, is a sad reflection of South Africa's attitude to wild animals, “If they pay, they stay, if they don’t, then slaughter them for profit”.

If the United Nations introduces a "cruelty rating", South Africa will be very high on that list.

I saw Botswana move many white rhinos from South Africa to Botswana. I marveled at Malawi who relocated 500 elephant to a new park. Surely we could have got 200 lions back into the wild from the 7000 in captivity. 

However in the case of Botswana and Malawi, they had political will and leadership, we had none!


Cultural Exchange and Story Telling:

I have added the activity of cultural exchange and story telling to my safaris. Apart from photographing big cats, guests will meet with Glad Khoza who will explain the complex workings of the Shangaan Lobola System. 

Elmon Mhlongo will tell guests how when the helicopter was falling to the ground in 1995 in Luangwa Valley, he decided to jump and roll clear of the crash. Only Willlie Sibuya’s quick thinking changed Elmon's mind at the last second. 

Riekie Pieterse will tell guests how in the floods of 2011, the aggressive male Tiger Corbett, charged him through the water. Riekie’s ability to chuff Corbett and calm him down, undoubtedly saved Riekie's life. It remains an incredible piece of “interspecies communication”.

Phindi Mathebula will tell guests how her and her friend Lilian, went to the Sabi River to get water. As Lilian bent down to draw the water, the croc grabbed her and pulled her into the water, drowning her in the river. 

These stories from  Africa, told by Africans will greatly enrich your safari.


Social Media

I have been involved in three campaigns where social media has greatly affected the outcome. When Cecil, the biggest lion in Africa, was wounded by an arrow and then shot with a rifle by an American hunter, the story went global across the world. 

The debate whether the Timbavati Reserve had the right to sell a 100lbs tusk elephant bull to a hunter, raged for a good two weeks. Some regarded the elephant bull which spent the majority of his time in Kruger, as a national asset to be protected at all cost. The hunters regarded the elephant bull as fair game to be sold to the hunter who paid the most money. 

The third campaign is an attempt to uncover the truth about who shot the territorial male lion Skye in the Umbabat Reserve. This debate is still raging, but I have no doubt, in time, the truth will be revealed. 

To all who contributed positively to these campaigns, I say thank you. To the mud slingers who got personal and tried to deflect the argument away from the real issues, they did not succeed. 

To those who got emotional and called the hunters all sorts of names, it doesn’t help the cause. Just bring facts and the evidence. Remain focused and achieve your objective. 

To those who had evidence and information, but did not bring it forward, it is unacceptable. To remain silent, is apathy at its worst. (I still do not understand why the eco-lodges in the Umbabat Reserve remained silent when Skye was taken, they had the most to lose)  

If anyone would like me to co-ordinate a campaign for them, I will do it gladly.

Whatsapp  +27 83 651 1600


Tiger Cubs

At Tiger Canyons, four litter of cubs are providing us with the finest photo opportunities in our history. What is even more fascinating, is to compare the skills of the 4 different mothers, Panna, Oria, Tibo and Ussuri. Each one is a caring, intelligent mother and special in her own right! 

The fact that all 12 cubs are males will pose some difficult management problems for us in the future. 

 

However, Rodney and Kevin Drew have designed a magnificent new area of several thousand hectares into which the new cubs will disperse.

The area is beautiful, wild and rugged, but it is superb tiger habitat and will greatly enhance the wild beauty of Tiger Canyons. 

The fence will be completed and the area stocked by the end of 2018.

Tread Lightly on the Earth
JV

 

Tread lightly on the Earth

info@jvbigcats.co.za
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Newsletters


Newsletters 162
23/07/18
Raising 200

Newsletters 161
22/05/18
Reach for 200

Newsletters 160
06/05/18
The Power of the Photograph

Newsletter 159
14/04/18
Predator Aggression

Newsletters 158
19/02/18
Open letter to Cyril Ramaphosa

Newsletter 157
14/02/18
SCI bans canned lion hunting

Newsletters 156
26/01/18
Tibo produces white cubs

Newsletters 155
13/11/17
The Indian Connection

Newsletters 154
28/10/17
Desertification

Newsletter 153
20/10/17
Supermarket Shopper vs. Hunter Gatherer

Newsletter 152
14/10/17
JV's response to Elayna Kinley letter

Newsletters 151
29/09/17
Running on empty

Newsletter 150
14/09/17
The Survivor

Newsletters 149
05/09/17
In pursuit of Alan Root

Newsletters 148
09/08/17
Open letter re schools plus Panna cubs

Newsletters 147
17/07/17
It's Finished

Newsletters 146
31/05/17
Hunters

Newsletter 145
20/05/17
King Corbett

Newsletter 144
08/05/17
Hunting versus Non Hunting

Newsletter 143
14/03/17
If it Pays, it Stays

Newsletters 142
14/02/17
Best Photographs at
Tiger Canyons

Newsletters 141
16/01/17
Lady Hunters

Newsletter 140
10/12/16
Londolozi and Love

Newsletter 139
23/11/16
Life is Not Fair

Newsletter 138
17/11/16
The Trump Card

Newsletter 137
22/10/16
Most Admired People on the Planet

Newsletters 136
13/10/16
Captive vs Wild

Newsletter 135
08/10/16
To trade  or not To Trade

Newsletter 134
08/08/16
A Defining Moment

Newsletter 133
08/07/16
I Have Lost A Friend

Newsletter 132
13/05/16
The World is Changing

Newsletter 131
08/04/16
Icon Cats

Newsletter 130
31/03/16
Sylvester the Lion

Newsletter 129
22/03/16
An Open Letter to Head United Nations

Newsletter 128
15/03/16
An Open Letter to Carte Blanche

Newsletter 127
28/11/15
Satellite Tracking

Newsletter 126
12/11/15
Lightning strikes 3 times

Newsletter 125
28/10/15
The Break Out

Newsletter 124
05/10/15
Bad Tigers

Newsletter 123
01/10/15
Tiger Boy's Journey

Newsletter 122
13/09/15
Give it a Name

Newsletter 121
10/09/15
Driven Hunts

Newsletter 120
01/09/15
Creative Conservation

Newsletter 119
12/08/15
Sariska from birth till death

Newsletter 118
11/08/15
Real Hunters

Newsletter 117
07/08/15
An Open Letter to the President: Operation Wild Lion

Newsletter 116
03/08/15
An Open Letter to Theo Bronkhorst

Newsletter 115
28/07/15
Cruel Nations

Newsletter 114
08/07/15
Subspecies or no subspecies

Newsletter 113
11/06/15
Tigers Moving Forward

Newsletter 112
13/04/15
Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Newsletter 111
26/03/15
Don't Shoot the Messenger

Newsletter 110
22/03/15
The Hunters

Newsletter 109
09/03/15
Gaia or God?

Newsletter 108
26/02/15
The Healing Power of Cats

Newsletter 107
18/02/15
Goddess Gaia

Newsletter 106
03/02/15
Ambassador Cats

Newsletter 105
24/01/15
Blondes have more fun

Invitation
09/01/15
Gaining ground for tigers

Newsletter 103
14/12/14
Tibo's Dilemma

Newsletter 102
05/12/14
Wilderness Man

Newsletter 101
25/11/14
Sariska fathers cubs with white Tigress Tibo

Newsletter 100
20/11/14
Cheetah Survival

Newsletter 99
30/09/14
Extract from JV's speech on Corbett's Freedom Day

Newsletter 98
15/08/14
The Power of the Picture

Newsletter 97
18/07/14
Tiger Corbett's Release

Newsletter 96
11/07/14
Corbett's Journey

Newsletter 95
18/06/14
Bush School: Where are they now?

Newsletter 94
12/05/14
Open letter to Jani Allen: Oscar Pistorius

Newsletter 93
07/05/14
John Varty interview with Sizie Modise

Newsletter 92
20/04/14
Marion's Big Cat Safari

Newsletter 91
24/02/14
Full energy flow

Newsletter 90
10/02/14
Investing in wild tigers

Newsletter 89
05/02/14
Where are the Champions?

Newsletter 88
27/01/14
Managing the Genes

Newsletter 87
16/01/14
Capture the Moment

Newsletter 86
07/12/13
The Princess Diana of Tigers - Julie:
 Sept 1999 - 5 Des 2013

Newsletter 85
26/11/13
The Communicators

Newsletter 84
26/11/13
A Letter to All Conservationists in SA 
Sparked by the whole Melissa Bachman Debacle
by Maxine Gaines

Newsletter 83
16/11/13
Tell me what happened

Newsletter 82
04/11/13
Profit is the Name of Your Game

Newsletter 81
30/10/13

Big Cat Cub Safari


Newsletter 80
18/10/13
In the Jaws of the Tiger

Newsletter 79
11/10/13
Open letter to Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa about rhino crisis

Newsletter 78
06/10/13
Open letter to Min of Defense, South Africa about rhino crisis

Newsletter 77
30/09/13
Digital Photography

Newsletter 76
06/09/13
Zoochosis

Newsletter 75
20/07/13
Rhino Horn Trade - Response

Newsletter 74
09/07/13
Raw Power

Newsletter 73
02/07/13
The Evolution of the Tracker

Newsletter 72
02/07/13
An Open Letter to the Honourable Edna Molewa, Minister of Water Affairs and Environmental Affairs

Newsletter 71
06/06/13
Using flash or spotlight on cats at night

Newsletter 70
14/05/13
Mirror mirror on the wall, who has the best eyesight of them all?

Newsletter 69
12/04/13
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fastest of them all?

Newsletter 68
25/03/13
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the best fighter of them all?

Newsletters 67
07/03/13
Wild Cheetah return to the Free State after 100 years

Newsletter 66
28/02/13
Seeking the genes

Newsletters 65
06/02/13
Corbett's Journey

Newsletters 64
22/01/13
In Search of a Mate

Newsletters 63
11/01/13
Rumble in the Jungle

Newsletters 62
30/10/12
Voronin Big Cat Safari Breaks All Records

Newsletters 61
09/12/12
A Journey to Nowhere

Newsletter 60
03/10/12
The John Hume Approach

Newsletter 59
28/09/12
Response to Rhino Horn Auction

Newsletters 58
24/09/12
A Letter to John Hume, SA biggest Rhino Breeder

Newsletters 57
05/09/12
Newsletters 56
01/08/12
Indian Government -
the wrong decision

Newsletter 55
11/07/12
What price must beauty pay?

Newsletter 54
21/04/12
Corbett's Freedom

Newsletter 53
15/04/12
Lethal injection or Freedom

Newsletters 52
04/04/12
The anatomy of an aggressive tiger

Newsletters 51
14/02/12
Majestic, breathtaking pictures

Newsletters 50
04/11/11
Tigress Calendar

Newsletters 49
19/11/11

Let your pictures do the talking

Newsletters 48
26/09/11

Rhino Wars

Newsletters 47
06/09/11
A Letter to the President

Newsletters 46
08/08/11
The Body Parts Scam

Newsletters 45
11/07/11
Tiger Subspecies

Newsletters 43
01/05/11
Your future and the Tiger

Newsletter 42
08/05/11
Talk to Me

Newsletter 41
26/01/11
Gaian Reminder

Newsletter 40
18/11/10
Ron's Journey

Newsletter 39
20/10/10
"Descreprimate"

Newsletter 38
06/09/10
Beauty comes at a price

Newsletter 37
18/08/10

The Light Has Gone Out


Newsletter 36
08/07/10
The Beautiful Game

Newsletter 35
05/07/10
The Ethics of
Tiger Green Hunting

Newsletter 34
21/06/10
Tiger Hunt

Newsletter 33
26/05/10
The Year of the Tiger

Newsletter 32
11/02/10

Riding the Tiger


Newsletter 31
24/01/10

Runti's Journey


Newsletter 30
12/01/10

To intervene or not to intervene -
that is the question...

Newsletter 29
07/12/09

Lion - Tiger - Human Communication


Newsletter 28
12/11/09

Emotional humans, emotional cats


Newsletter 27
03/11/09

Julie gives birth to 5 tiger cubs


Newsletter 26
24/09/09

International Tiger Day


Newsletter 25
17/08/09

To all Photographers


Newsletter 24
16/07/09

A Shot in Anger


Newsletter 22
24/04/09


Newsletter 21
24/03/09


Newsletter 19
14/01/09

Tiger Birth
at Tiger Canyons


Newsletter 16
10/10/08

Tiger Courting


Newsletter 11
29/01/08

Privatizing the Tiger


Newsletter 9
27/10/07

Newsletter 8
28/09/07

Newsletter 7
14/09/07

Water Cats


Newsletter 6
14/08/07

Tiger Intelligence


Newsletter 5
16/05/07

Tiger language
Tiger Boma


Newsletter 3
09/03/07

Interspecies communication


Newsletter 2
06/02/07

Cub relocation


Londolozi
Newsletters

Death of a Legend
17/08/09


Newsletter 20
10/02/09

Newsletter 15
17/08/08

Painted Wolves


Newsletter 13
11/04/08

Response to Elephant Trust
by Daryl Balfour


Newsletter 12
09/04/08

Elephant Trust