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   xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jul 10 02:08 AM

July 10, 2009: Ecotourism Threatened

Africa has been wracked with poverty and little hope of better days, for centuries.

Colonialism, tribal conflicts, civil wars, uncivil wars, etc, have kept the majority of
the people poor and un/under educated.

Of course poor and un/under educated, leads to more colonialism, tribal conflicts,
civil wars, uncivil wars, etc.

With the help of outside funding to establish reserves and pay locals to guard the animals,
the plan seemed to be working moderately well in some areas.

It's been a vicious circle for a long, long, time.




There has been a shocking decline of their big natural resource, wildlife.

Poaching Ivory, and body parts for the Asian medical markets, supplies income to buy food,
and the need for quick protein in the form of bush meat.

You can't farm successfully in the middle of war, or when the wildlife is eating your crops.

Ecotourism has been touted as the great white hope.

Ecotourists would pay big bucks to see the wild animals, if you don't kill & eat them first.

It seemed to be working well in some areas and the animals were doing their part.


But now, it appears the Cheetahs are screwing up the plan by attacking the tourists.




Bad kitty... let my tourists go.



rojomoke  Friday Jul 10 03:03 AM

And that's not the worst they can do!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzvC93itdyY&v3



Kolbenfresser  Friday Jul 10 04:48 AM

Could be worse...

I just figured, what would happen if an elephant takes a dump on my Landy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NeWyUG2_ys



chrisinhouston  Friday Jul 10 09:00 AM

Cheetahs have been one of my favorite African animals for years but it is sad that they are on the brink of extinction. They have slowly gotten down to only one DNA line and most Cheetahs that mate are actually interbreeding. The offspring often have deformities in their hips which keeps them from running and for an animal that must chase down it's prey this just means they will die in the wild.



dacliff  Friday Jul 10 09:34 AM

[quote=xoxoxoBruce;580647]

Poaching Ivory, and body parts for the Asian medical markets, supplies income to buy food,
and the need for quick protein in the form of bush meat.

QUOTE]

I've had bush meat several times. Although you wanna get it pretty fresh, it starts to smell fishy after a while.



zippyt  Friday Jul 10 10:01 AM

So if we hold to tradition and cook and eat this critter will it give us the running Shits ????

Any body got any Quick Res. for Cheta ?????


Har Har !!!



Shawnee123  Friday Jul 10 10:02 AM

I would rub Cheetah's cute little belly. He just looks like Gaines biting at my leg.



spudcon  Friday Jul 10 01:01 PM

Rub his cute belly, and then he'll eat your eyes.



Shawnee123  Friday Jul 10 01:21 PM

I'm the Cheetah Whisperer.



dar512  Friday Jul 10 01:37 PM

It's true, then. Cheetahs never prosper.



Shawnee123  Friday Jul 10 01:52 PM

haggis!



Warren Peas  Friday Jul 10 03:30 PM

Rojomoke
No wonder the cheetah's ticked.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ6AfmfgqnM



spudcon  Friday Jul 10 03:38 PM

I hate it when that happens.



Gravdigr  Friday Jul 10 05:21 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post

It's like when dogs chase cars. "Now that I've caught it, what do I do with it?"


Sundae  Friday Jul 10 05:23 PM

Silly kitty.
You have to get someone to open the tin before you get your dinner.



Cloud  Friday Jul 10 05:36 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by spudcon View Post
Rub his cute belly, and then he'll eat your eyes.

you must be acquainted with my bad kitty Miles, who often tries this honeytrap!


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