For this month we have split the roundup into two parts. These are unusual times and rather than the expected 5 or 10 minute briefing from colleagues, small lodge owners and managers around the world, we have entered into some deeper conversations. In this episode we explore conservation in Indian National Parks with Jehan from Shergarh Tented Camp and catch up with developments in the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil with Guiliano from Aymara Lodge.
We’ll release the second part of the monthly roundup tomorrow to keep some consistency. You may have noticed that we skipped a week last week after 3 months of weekly episodes. Coronavirus has allowed us to gain a good foothold of podcasts but each episode is of course considerable work and we now plan to continue twice monthly.
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I’m your host, Dr. Steve Banner, biologist and Director of the travel company, Wildlife & Wilderness, providing high quality holiday experiences to thousands of clients for almost 25 years.
In this episode we discuss the ongoing problems of poaching for bush meat in Kanha National Park, India. This tiger reserve is popular for tiger safaris but the pandemic has meant increased pressure on the park. We discuss tolerance and conflicts and how the conservation model in India is organised. We also find out about the two tusker elephants that arrived last month in the national park.
In the northern Pantanal of Brazil camera traps are throwing more light on the wildlife of this region. Here another giant armadillo has been discovered, there are numerous tapir and almost certainly more jaguars than giant anteaters. Four different ocelots have also been identified. We talk of other elusive cats too plus some mysterious camera trap captures of possible hunters on the land, perhaps a reflection of similar happenings to those in India.
In the second part we will catch up with Fredrik in Swedish Lapland and take a look into Okavango Delta and other regions of Botswana.