Feeling brokenhearted at the news that Botswana has officially lifted its ban on trophy hunting 💔 When I went to Botswana in 2017 the abundance of elephants, and their calmness around humans, was a direct result of the hunting ban. Now that this ban has been lifted, not only am I distressed and worried for the elephants, but I worry about Botswana's tourism industry, something they do so well and really pride themselves on. I know there are increasing issues with human-elephant conflict due the massive number of eles (which is a result of all neighboring countries still allowing hunting - elephants have fled to Botswana as a safe haven), but surely there is another way? 😢 Feel free to share your thoughts below.
Elephants of Corbett - The surprise. Jim Corbett National Park is known for the vast number of Wild Elephants that are spread across the national parks. We had seen the group go into the bushes and we waited as in ambush for the lot to come out. We had seen a baby elephant go in as well. The baby elephant wasn't visible due to the overgrowth of the grass. But we could track the movement of the adult elephants. As soon as the elephants came out of the bushes, our shutters fired liked automatic assual rifles. And then came the surprise. From between the legs of the second adult came a second baby. Oh the joy! We had not seen the second baby go in (or maybe we missed it due to distraction caused by the supreme Court judge's vehicle). So, it was a surprise to see the second baby come out of the bushes.
Elephants of Corbett - Hydration after charge. Jim Corbett National Park is known for the vast number of Wild Elephants that are spread across the national parks. This particular elephant can be named Galdalf "You shall not pass" A road block of around 15 vehicles caused by this gaint with a single tusk. The vehicles were moving in single file due to the narrow road. Also, the elephant approached from a lower level. So, when the first vehicles stopped, the vehicles at the back did not see the elephant. It took time to relay the information to the back and the vehicles started to retreat. By that time, the single man in the first vehicle had lost all colour from his face seeing this big guy up close. Luckily, the Elephant wasn't moving fast and all the vehicles were able to retreat quickly making their way across the bridge to the other side of the river. This photo was taken at the time when the elephant hydrated a bit after the charge.