Diana Rupp

Hunting has been closed there since 1977, and wildlife is worse off than ever.

by Diana Rupp

The BBC reported last week on new research in the Journal of Zoology that shows that wildlife populations in the famous Masai Mara reserve in Kenya have crashed in the past three decades (read the BBC story here). According to the report, numbers of impala, warthog, giraffe, topi, and Coke hartebeest have declined by more than 70 percent. Even fewer animals survive outside of the reserve, where buffalo and wildebeest have all but disappeared.

The team of scientists looked at data gathered since aerial monitoring of Kenya’s wildlife began in 1977.  “We were very surprised at what we found,” one of the researchers told the BBC. “The Mara has lost more than two-thirds of its wildlife.”

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Planning An African Safari

By Diana Rupp

Have you thought about going to Africa, but assumed that it was too expensive, too hazardous, or too difficult? Ever since I returned from my first safari, I have been asked a number of basic questions about these and other issues by fellow hunters who are considering such a trip. If you haven’t been to Africa, the answers to these queries may surprise you.

Isn’t an African safari incredibly expensive?

Depending on where you go and what you hunt, hunting journey to the Dark Continent is not nearly as expensive as you might think. I won’t pretend it’s cheap--the trophy fees, airfare, taxidermy, tips, and incidentals do add up--but an African safari is much more accessible to the average person now than it has ever been.

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By Diana Rupp

When I returned from a seven-day buffalo safari in Tanzania last September, friends who were planning their own safari asked what I'd learned on the trip. Here are a few of the tips I shared with them.

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One last chance for a trophy Dall sheep on a lonely peak in Canada's Yukon.

by Diana Rupp

I had taken only a half-dozen cautious steps down the ravine when I realized it was a lot steeper than it looked. The loose rocks were the real problem; they rolled under my feet with each step. I also had to balance the new weight in my pack. The fresh, boned-out meat felt warm against the small of my back, and adrenaline still coursed through my bloodstream.

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