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Botswana Regrettably Lifts Its 5-Year Moratorium On Elephant Hunting.

by Anura Guruge


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This is a crying shame BUT was to be expected.

Landlocked and very sparsely populated Botswana is NOT poor by African standards. It makes good money from mining and tourism and has a growing economy. But, elephant hunting is LUCRATIVE money and will, ironically, boost tourism — i.e., and influx of RICH hunters with money to throw around.

Shame. A crying shame.


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Huge 17′ Crocodile Caught (& Conserved) In Sri Lanka.

by Anura Guruge



Click here for the U.K. “Daily Mail” story
from June 7, 2017.

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I know that there are crocodiles in Sri Lanka. I had seen a few during my 14 years of living there. I even once saw a crocodile hunt — a crocodile, on a riverbank, being shot with a rifle.

I had also heard that the recent floods in Sri Lanka had resulted in some crocodiles getting swept over the banks of flooded rivers. Not sure whether this was one of these.

17 feet is big. But 3 feet below record length even for an Asian crocodile.

I had never heard of Thibbotuwawa. Couldn’t really find it. The best I could do was determine that it was in the Matale District. So, I marked that on a map for you (below). NOT where I would have expected to find a huge crocodile. Matale is in the area which we refer to as ‘Up Country‘ in that it is in the hilly, middle of the Island. Maybe some folks in Sri Lanka can help me out on this.


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by Anura Guruge

Jim Corbett’s Hunting Tigers In India Books — A Huge Endorsement.

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Click to ENLARGE. My shelf of favorite paperbacks — with Jim Corbett’s “Man Eaters of Kumaon” definitely on there.


It was indeed quite the coincidence that I saw, when looking through Amazon Prime Instant Video, that there is now a movie, “India: Kingdom of the Tiger“, based on Jim Corbett’s mesmerizing books.

Just last week, on my near daily run, I had been thinking about Jim Corbett and his books. I was wondering whether I should go back and read them again and whether one of the kids might be interested. We are not into hunting BUT I was totally hooked on Jim’s books when I was around 12.

A partial list from Amazon.

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My very precise autograph when I was around 12. Click to ENLARGE.

I had them all, in paperback, in Ceylon. As I had said before one of the few highlights of my days growing up in Ceylon was that my adoptive father totally indulged me when it came to books. He a great lover of books. I could get whatever books I wanted, even if it meant they had to be ordered through London. IF there was a series of books, as with Jim Corbett or Enid Blyton, he would get me the whole series. When we left in 1967 I could not take my beloved library of books with me. Hence why I just have ONE Jim Corbett from that collection, my favorite “The Man Eaters of Kumaon”.

I am probably, time permitted, going to reread “Kumaon”. I might them get the others. I am trying NOT to buy too many books of late. Just have too many. Even thinking of getting rid of some I have!


My two shelves of favorite books, one for small paperbacks and the other for larger books.
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