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Zambia conservation & development

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The problem with Hinglish, or, re-naming the Model T…

I am miraculously in touch with my fellow trustee of the Luembe Conservancy Trust in the Luangwa Valley, Axon Lungu, by mobile phone. He stands behind his mud hut in the Luangwa and sends me a message, and as is the way with language, we do occasionally get our wires crossed. I had congratulated him on showing great courage in standing up to his chief – who happens to be a co-director of the Trust and the repository of fearful powers of witchcraft, in a matter affecting the land rights of his pe

I. P. A. Manning

I. P. A. Manning

Of lion, walkies, ex-plorers and humbug

I recently received a press statement put out on 14 February jointly by Antelope Park, ALERT, and Ranulph Fiennes in response to the Sunday Times article by Chris Haslam "African lion encounters: a bloody con," published on February 10, 2008. Haslam had contacted me on 20 January, saying, “I'm a reporter working the conservation and travel beats for the Sunday Times in London. Canned hunting is not a big issue to British readers - most would agree it's abhorrent but few would ever know anybody w

I. P. A. Manning

I. P. A. Manning

Roger Rory McKay, ever onward.

When wearying of the seemingly constant and unbridgeable cultural divide in Africa, I think of old friends, good food and drink, and of a quiet place in good game country. Two of these good friends are Roger McKay and John Eaton, regular habitués at midday noggin-time at the Memorable Order of Tin Hats club (M.O.T.H.) in Lusaka: John, a veteran of the Burma campaign - who had escaped capture by the Japanese by taking a long walk through part of China, and for many years a charter pilot in Africa

I. P. A. Manning

I. P. A. Manning

A profound sense of woozle disorientation

THE ZAMBIA Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) announced recently that it will offer Tourism Concession Agreements (TCAs) of between 15,000 to 45,000 hectares of land in national parks to property developers. “We want big hotels and lodges in national parks,” the Director-General of ZAWA, Dr Lewis Saiwana was reported as saying. Now this reminds me of Winnie-the-Pooh tracking what he thought was a Woozle. You will recall Pooh telling Piglet that he was tracking something. “Tracking what?” said Piglet,

I. P. A. Manning

I. P. A. Manning

And another Zambian thing...

The news that Zambia’s National Movement Against Corruption (NAMAC) is once more pursuing a case against four Zambian hunting safari companies for allegedly overshooting their game quotas is further evidence that some investors in the industry are being targeted for ‘termination’ – that being the ominous term now in vogue describing the removal of a hunting concession from an investor-concessionaire. After all, NAMAC lost their case against the same four in both the High Court and the Supreme C

I. P. A. Manning

I. P. A. Manning

Zambia Wildlife Authority continues to trash elephant conservation

As the Zambian safari hunting industry grapples with the increasingly Mad-Hatter decisions of its Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) Director-General – doubtless squeezed by his inexperienced Board and the python of poor policy requiring ZAWA to raise its own funds, he is once more issuing licenses to safari operators to hunt elephant in 2008. I am reminded that on 10 January 2006, the Natural Resources Consultative Forum of Zambia (NRCF) met to discuss the question of Elephant Sport Hunting (ESH

I. P. A. Manning

I. P. A. Manning

People who trust African governments to care for their nations’ natural resources delude themselves

Paraphrasing the incomparable historian, Paul Johnson (People who put their trust in human power delude themselves), who wrote recently in The Spectator magazine, “One thing history teaches is the transience and futility of power, and the ultimate impotence of those who exercise it”, it is quite clear that African Governments, these highly centralized spawn of western civilization where duty, principle, humanity are trampled in the concupiscence for absolute power, are simply replaced and repl

I. P. A. Manning

I. P. A. Manning

A lady called Fred

One of the best and dearest friends I ever had was a lady called Fred. She was tall and wonderfully soft to the touch, and brilliantly white with a yellowish tinge to her down breast and sides, and with pink webbed feet. But it was her eyes that I remember, eyes that would soften - and on special occasions, allow the nictitating membranes to swim completely over, a sign that she trusted me absolutely. At other times her eyes would glint with the murder in her heart for all who approached me o

I. P. A. Manning

I. P. A. Manning

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