Monday, 16 January 2017

Botswana, My One and Only Love

Yes, That's True. Botswana is my one and only love.

It is my favourite "Safari Destination" in the world.

In my humble opinion, There is no country like Botswana in this Universe. The less said about other countries the better.

The extent to which the People of Botswana, Politicians included love "Wildlife" is unfathomable. The Future for Wildlife in Botswana seems quite rosy.

Sir Seretse Ian Khama -- the present President of Botswana is an ardent Wildlife Lover and Champion of Animal Rights.

17% of Land in Botswana has been reserved exclusively for Wildlife. This itself, is an indication that Botswana is Pro- Wildlife, Pro-Environment, and Pro-Nature.

Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta are strongholds for Vast Elephant Herds. While Tuli Game Reserve is a stronghold for the Endangered Cheetah.

Kalahari Gemsbok National Park is Home to Dozens of Big Cat Predators like Lions, Spotted Leopards, and Cheetahs.

Kalahari Gemsbok National Park is "Big Cat Predator Paradise". Desert Antelopes which roam the Kalahari Desert are "Natural Prey" for these Big Cat Predators.

If the Cheetah has to successfully survive in Africa, Botswana is the best country in terms of Wilderness Areas for it with plenty of Wild Game in the Grasslands, Wetlands, and Arid Desert Regions of Botswana.


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

My Plan

I have a Plan vis -a vis  African Elephant Herds that live in Botswana.

I would like to write a Book on the Free - Ranging African Elephants that wander through Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta, and last but not the least in Moremi Game Reserve as well as in Tuli Game Reserve.

I would like to do this by living in "Kasane" a Town in Northern Botswana. This Book will be a Coffee Tabler on the Elephants of Northern Botswana.

It will be called "Elephant Paradise". This is a title that aptly describes the current situation in Botswana.

African Elephant Herds mean the world to me. I believe that they are part of my "Extended Family".

They have the best Social Family System in the world. In Botswana, African Elephant Herds are treated on par with Human Beings.

While living in Botswana, I would like to get to know the "Matriarchs" that lead these vast elephant herds on a personal basis.

I pray and hope that I will be granted Honorary Citizenship by the Government of the Republic of Botswana simply because of my "Immense Love" for Botswana's Wild Denizens.


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Jaguars -- Big Cat Predators of the Amazon River Basin

Introduction :

Jaguars are Big Cat Predators that are native to South America specially in the Amazon River Basin. They can be found in fair numbers in Brazil's Pantanal Region.

The Pantanal Region is a Bio-Diverse Stunning Tropical Wetland that covers a large part of the Amazon River and its tributaries. Jaguars are the main Big Cat Predators in this region.

They are the most aquatic of all Big Cat Predators that survive in the world today. They are known to swim across large stretches of the Amazon River and its Tributaries.

Eating Habits :

Jaguars eat a wide variety of Prey that are found in the Amazon River Basin. Their Chief Prey is a Rodent Like Animal known as the "Capybara". Capybaras are found in large numbers throughout the Pantanal Region that extends from Brazil to Bolivia.

Breeding Behaviour and Habitat Conservation :

Jaguar's breeding behaviour is believed to be seasonal. Males and Females meet one another of the opposite sex during seasonal changes in their territories.

The normal size of a Jaguar Litter is normally 3 -4 Cubs at the most. Cubs gain independence after a 2 year stay with their Mother.

The Habitat of Wild Jaguars is mostly Wet Tropical Land in the Amazon Forest River Basin and Dry Savannah Woodland in other parts of South America.

Conclusion :

It is of utmost importance to stop the Hunting of Jaguars by Livestock Herders.

This is because Jaguars are the "Apex Predators" of the Amazon River Basin and help to maintain a Fine Balance between themselves and Herbivorous Fauna.

Moreover, Jaguars are one of the few Big Cat Predators that do not prey on Humans. Their Habitat needs to be saved from Livestock Herders as well as them too.

Credits and References :

1. On the Trail of Brazil's Most Elusive Predators
    By Sarah Marshall, Travel Writer
    14 September 2016
    Courtesy : The Telegraph

2. Jaguar Spotting in Brazil : Gorgeous Cats among the many creatures found in Vast Pantanal Wetlands
By Anita Den Dikken
Postmedia News
July 7, 2016


Monday, 2 January 2017

Iranian Cheetahs -- Big Cat Predators on the Brink of Extinction

Introduction :

Yes, That's Right. I am talking about Asiatic Cheetahs that live in Iran.

They are on the brink of starvation because of the lack of natural prey.

Unfortunately, there are only 50 of them left in the wild in Iran.

It is sad to say this, that some wildlife lovers all across the world are more interested in saving Mega Fauna and Mega Herbivores like Rhinos rather than saving "Critically Endangered" Asiatic Cheetahs that live in the Desert Region of Central Iran, a species that needs our immediate attention.

Eating Habits :

Asiatic Cheetahs that live in the Central Iranian Desert Region prey almost exclusively on various kinds of Desert Antelopes, specially desert dwelling gazelles.

The Desert Antelope that forms a large part of the diet of Asiatic Cheetahs is the "Arabian Oryx".

Arabian Oryx are medium sized antelopes found in Desert Areas from Oman to Iran.

Breeding Behaviour :

Female Asiatic Cheetahs are ready to conceive when they are 2 years old. They usually give birth to Cheetah Cubs at any point in the year. The average size of a litter is usually 4 Cubs.

After a gestation period of 3 Months, Cheetah Cubs are usually born. They are protected by their mother in a cave which is usually situated in a cliff of a rocky mountain.

Unlike African Cheetahs, Asiatic Cheetahs that live in Iran have a coat that is not very long. This has helped them to adapt to the Harsh Winters and Harsh Summers in Central Iran.

Conclusion :

We need to act now to save Asiatic Cheetahs that live in Central Iran. Wildlife Conservationists need to impress upon the Iranian Government in Teheran about the need to save this "Charismatic Feline" from total extinction.

Efforts should be made to increase this Wild Cat Population.

If necessary, Desert Antelopes like the Arabian Oryx need to be introduced in large numbers for the daily sustenance of these Asiatic Cheetahs.

Credits and References :

All You need to know about Wild Cheetahs