Black Rhino Hunting

Killing for Conservation

Can Hunting Save the Black Rhino?

 

Conservation, n.:The action or process of conserving; preservation of life, health, perfection, etc.; (also) preservation from destructive influences, natural decay, or waste.”

What would you pay for the life of an endangered species, of which less than 5,000 currently exist? According to Corey Knowlton, the Texas-based big game hunting guide who purchased a trophy-hunting permit for the right to kill one Black Rhino, $350,000 is the cost of conservation.

 

The permit, purchased from the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism, was sold at an auction last weekend by the Dallas Safari Club, which insisted that the money would be used to fund rhino conservation efforts. But details on how it will be used to that end remain sketchy at best.

 

The Namibian government has allowed five Black Rhino trophy-hunt permits a year since 2004. Numbers of black rhino have increased in recent years from 3,600 to 5,055. But this hasn’t stopped the Black Rhino from appearing on the IUCN Red List as critically endangered, the highest level of threat before extinction.

 

So news of the hunting permit’s sale sparked vitriolic debate between hunting advocates and wildlife conservationists center on whether killing for conservation is moral, or effective in terms of saving a species.

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Storseisundet Bridge on Norway's Atlantic Road

Storseisundet Bridge on Norway’s Atlantic Road, by Jørgen Vik via Creative Commons

The World’s Best Road Trips

For Your World Travel Bucket List

 

We love heading off on grand adventures. But, in the years since 9/11, it seems like the entire process of air travel has become much more of a hassle. For us, it’s become a LOT more fun to load up our Hyundai and head out on the open road. Which probably explains why we’ve driven on family vacations to New York City, Asheville, the Outer Banks, Mobile, and Tennessee in the last 18 months alone. What follows is the World’s Best Road Trips from our World Travel Bucket List. We’d love to hear what’s on yours in the comments section below!

 

The Atlantic Ocean Road (Norway)

Named “The World’s Best Road Trip” by The Guardian,  the Atlantic Ocean Road is an 8.3-kilometer long road running through a picturesque archipelago. Connecting the western fjord islands between Molde and Kristiansund, the road zig-zags across numerous small islands connected by causeways, viaducts and seven low bridges that jut out over the often dramatic Norwegian Sea. There are four rest areas offering panoramic views (which often include whales and seals), but the road itself is a thing of beauty often used in automobile ads. We’re hoping to visit Norway this year, and would love to drive the Atlantic Road along the way.

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Chestnut Mandibled Toucan in Corcovado National Park

Chestnut-Mandibled Toucan in Corcovado National Park, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

40 Amazing Costa Rican Wildlife Species

 

The other day, during a conversation about places we’ve traveled to and would never re-visit, we were flabbergasted when a friend suggested that Costa Rica had nothing further to offer her.

 

We’ve been to the Central American ecotourism hotspot three times now, exploring nooks and crannies ranging from the rivers of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge (near the Nicaragua border) to the cloudforests of Monteverde, to the remote Caribbean coast of Tortuguero National Park. With its remarkable range of ecosystems– from sunny beaches and volcano-fed hot springs to the world’s most bio-diverse rainforests– we couldn’t imagine anyone getting bored with exploring the country.

 

Our appreciation was significantly heightened by our recent trip to the Osa Peninsula’s Corcovado National Park  as part of EcoAdventure Media‘s #EcoCostaRica press trip. Called “the most biologically intense place on Earth” by National Geographic, the park contains approximately 5% of all wildlife species found on the planet.

 

Truth be told, the whole country is a wildlife-lover’s dream come true. To illustrate that point, we collaborated with our EcoAdventure Media pals to create this epic photo gallery of 40 Costa Rican wildlife species. Though it contains only a fraction of the amazing animals you can hope to see during your visit (sadly, no shots of hard-to-spot species such as jaguars, anteaters, pumas, and harpy eagles), it should give you a taste of why we keep going back to Costa Rica over and over again.  –Bret Love

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The Outer Banks Wild Horses Controversy

The Controversy Behind the

Outer Banks Wild Horses

 

When we first began planning our visit to the North Carolina coast, I had no idea that there was any controversy about the Outer Banks wild horses. But when I received the following email from a manager of two National Wildlife Refuges in the area after inquiring about visiting, my curiosity was piqued:

 

“I try to stay far away from the wild horse issue. On a refuge purchased and managed for migratory birds (Currituck), any horses, cows, or other critters that compete with these birds for food are a problem. But the ‘Corolla wild horses’ are a huge political issue right now.  So you’re on your own with that one…”

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Bret Love & Alex Love, Christmas 2013

My Daughter & I, Christmas 2013

Holding On and Letting Go

A New Year’s Lesson in Acceptance

 

I’m sitting in my 12-year-old daughter’s bedroom, spray bottle in one hand and putty knife in the other, with tears streaming down my face.

 

We’re using a mixture of water and fabric softener to scrape away the wildlife-themed wallpaper border that has lined her walls for 10 years now. But in my heart it feels as if we’re scraping apart her very childhood, layer by layer.

 

I’ve been promising to redecorate my kiddo’s room for over a year now, to something more grown-up than cute jungle animals, baby blue skies and fluffy white clouds. But, between our hectic travel schedule and new business ventures, something always seemed to come up to delay the project.

 

As my mind is flooded with memories dating back to my painful divorce, when my daughter was a two-year-old toddler, I realize that perhaps I’ve subconsciously been procrastinating on purpose, unwilling (or simply unable) to confront this symbolic rite of passage.

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