I have been fortunate to have been given many tickets to events and concerts over the past several months. I was lucky to be given a pair of tickets to a lecture last night at the Meyerson Symphony Hall of Dereck and Beverly Joubert, photographers for National Geographic who specialize in researching big cats in the southern regions of Africa. They showed lots of spectacular photos and footage, particularly of one leopard to whom they'd grown quite attached in Botswana. They talked extensively of conservation.
They mentioned looking for days and days to find the big cats, about how they are so territorial and all, and that made me think of safaris. The Jouberts are major experts in the field and have been researching their subject for 28 years. If they take 10 days to find the big cats just to photograph, what would be the odds of the guided tours with hunting licenses tracking them down in the few days the dry cleaner from Des Moines has to hunt big game in Africa? What would you bet that a lot of safari companies have staff just around the next clump of trees springing big game from cages to guarantee a clear shot for a kill for their paying guests? I mean, considering how territorial they are and all, it seems the only way a tour host could guarantee the big game would make an appearance would be to cause it to appear, don't you think?
Yeah, it sounds crappy, but it's human nature to take the easy way out, innit?