No Two Countries can Possibly Have the Same Wildlife Sub-culture

One of the biggest problems in the world today is having to deal with people who think that their way of “doing things” is the only way to do them, and THEY think THEY are always right.

Every country in the world has its own national culture – and many sub-cultures – including its own wildlife sub-culture.

Cultures are moulded by a country’s historical experiences and circumstances, and no two countries’  historical circumstances are the same.

Ipso Facto no two countries can possibly have the same wildlife sub-culture.

Hence America’s wildlife sub-culture is “ANTI-MARKET HUNTING” and South Africa’s wildlife sub-culture is ”COMMERCIAL”. They are the  antithesis of each other!!!!

However,  if a country’s wildlife culture works for it and for its own people then that is all that matters.

America’s wildlife culture , therefore, is not RIGHT (nor is it wrong).

And South Africa’s wildlife culture is not RIGHT (nor is it WRONG). The only group of people who have the WRONG culture – and it is VERY WRONG – is the animal rights brigade.

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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