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Safari lodges: environmental conservation?
Are safari lodges in southern Africa playing part in conserving the environment? Most of these countries are poverty striken. Can conservation be a priority to them?
Lindi Dube
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Safari lodges: environmental conservation?
Lindi,

I think safari lodges play a part in conserving the environment. In a sense, they are the forerunner to today's "eco-tourism" as tourists pay for conserving special environments.

The problem with the current poverty-striken situation of countries in southern Africa is that when people are starving and unable to properly farm land which is already used for agriculture. Then these people will be forced to forage and hunt for food in safari parks, jungle lands, etc.

The solution would be for people to return to the existing farm land and farm properly; but from what I hear of the (political) situation this is not an option.
Frank John Snelling
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