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GIRAFFE HUNT CHRONICLES

In culling terms, giraffe differ not from cattle

- Kevin Thomas

SSINCE ARRIVING IN the UK, I find myself, with tiring frequency, up against anti-hunting sentiment. I don’t seek to become embroiled in arguments, yet, by the same token, I’m not ashamed to sp eak of my profession in Africa, spread over 45 years as a game ranger, wildlife manag era nd profession­al hunter, all to do with sustainabl­e wildlife conservati­on, an integral part of ecotourism.

A few years back the South African and internatio­nal media were awash with outrage over American sporthunte­r Tess Thompson Talley’s shooting of a giraffe in South Africa. Not letting it rest, social media sites also climbed on the bandwagon with ignorant trolls roundly abusing Thompson.

Probably 99% of the vitriol being directed against her was due to ignorance. Thompson herself, also displayed ignorance by stating on her Facebook page that she’d shot a ‘rare black giraffe’. There’s no such thing as a rare black giraffe. Bulls darken with old age. Giraffa giraffa, the species in question, is the most common of the eight species, and only found in Southern Africa.

Thirty-seven-year-old Thompson Talley hit back with one headline saying; It’s Called Conservati­on: US woman under fire for killing ‘rare’ giraffe in SA hits back. Again, and through sheer ignorance and media hype we have this ‘rare’ giraffe reference. On Twitter Africa Digest’s site 44 000 people retweeted the images and post. One post read, “White American savage who is partly a Neandertha­l comes to Africa and shoots down very

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 ??  ?? ABOVE: A giraffe bull photograph­ed in the Northern Cape. Note the dark patches.
ABOVE: A giraffe bull photograph­ed in the Northern Cape. Note the dark patches.
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BELOW: A young giraffe, with lighter coloured patches.
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Despite their size, giraffe blend in well with their surroundin­gs.
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American sport-hunter Tess Thompson Talley.

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