USA and Europe Leave Africa to Determine its Own Wildlife Management Solutions

If America and Europe – and their animal rightists NGOs – would leave Africa to determine its own wildlife management solutions, Africa would solve its own wildlife problems and Africa’s people would, at last, receive benefits from the sustainable use of the continent’s  wildlife resources.

But this is unlikely to happen. America and Europe – and the Western animal rights NGOs – have the African a gravy train by the tail and they are unlikely to let it go.

So Africa must paddle on against the Western current – which has never done Africa any good.  And the long term outcome for this status quo is not very good.

Africa, therefore, would be better off turning to China and the other countries of the Far East than to continue standing on its knees and praying that America and Europe will one-day do “the right thing” by Africa.

They would be better off taking a chance with China – and see what happens.  They really don’t have much to lose.

And more and more Africans are starting to think this way.  The American government, therefore, needs to sit up and take notice.

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: www.ronthomsonshuntingbooks.co.za.

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One thought on “USA and Europe Leave Africa to Determine its Own Wildlife Management Solutions

  • February 6, 2019 at 5:44 am
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    Hi Ron
    I cannot agree more as the rape of Africa’s wildlife by these ARAs is simply criminal and the impoverished people of Africa are expected to pay the price.

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