New Drive to Establish a new elephant management programme. Slotow & Ferreira

Dear Mr Shaik,

I recently had a strange email flash on my screen – to have it immediately disappear.  It was an appeal by Professor Rob Slotow requesting people to contribute to the creation of a universally acceptable new elephant management plan. With him on the same platform was Dr Sam Ferreira (of Kruger National Park).

I, too, agree that elephant management in South Africa needs a thorough inspection – and I have called, in writing, to Minister Creecy, for a commission of inquiry into the mis-management of Kruger National Park  – the main reason for which is the gross MIS-MANAGEMENT of Kruger’s elephants over the last 50 years.  And two of the people most responsible  for that mis-management (although there are others, too) are Professor Slotow and Dr Ferreira.

I urge the Minister, therefore (AND her High Level Panel of Experts), to ‘get involved’ in this initiative and to see that the requested “commission of inquiry” be conducted and concluded, before yet more damage is done to the habitats and to the biological diversity of Kruger National Park by such people.

The TGA considers Slotow and Ferreira to be CODE-RED candidates in the elephant management debate (people who should not be allowed to get involved{any more than they are already involved} in elephant management policy-making – let alone that they be allowed to lead such policy-making).

Please pass this opinion on to the Minister for her consideration.

With kind regards

Ron Thomson

Ron Thomson

I am NOT a ‘trophy hunter’ - and never have been. I am not involved in the trophy hunting safari business. I am also not a game rancher. But I have ‘administratively controlled’ professional hunters and safari outfitters in my capacity as a government game warden. I am an 80 year old ex-game warden with 60 years of continuous experience in hands-on wildlife management, and national park management, in Africa (1959 to 2019). In breakdown, I have 24 years experience in the management of national parks in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe - and in the management of the wild animal populations that lived inside those national parks; one year as the Chief Nature Conservation of the Ciskei in South Africa; three years as Director of the Bophuthatswana National Parks Board in South Africa; and I worked for three years as a professional hunter in the South African Great Karoo (taking foreign hunters on quests for plains game trophies). I discovered, however, that professional hunting was not my forte. I worked as an investigative wildlife journalist for 30 years in South Africa. I have written fifteen books and hundreds of magazine articles on the subject of wildlife management and big game hunting in Africa. Five of my books are university-level text books on wildlife management. I am a university-trained ecologist; was a member of the Institute of Biology (London) for 20 years; and was a registered chartered biologist for the European Union for 20 years. I have VAST experience in the “management hunting” of elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards and hippos (as part of my official national park work in the control of problem animals); and I pioneered the capture of black rhino in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley (1964 - 1970). My university thesis was entitled: “The Factors Affecting the Survival and Distribution of Black Rhinos in Rhodesia”. Look at my personal website if you want any further details about my experience:

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