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Safari 2: The Grzimeks & Neo-Malthusian conservationism

The crested porcupine might be considered a symbolic or literal animal ‘sacrifice’ made to the cause of safarism. But the complex interaction of indigineity and conservation is not without its own martyrs. Up the road from the porcupine’s body, along the crater’s rim, we came across a pyramid-shaped tomb.  Tomb of Bernhard and Michael Grzimek, Ngorongoro Crater 
The tomb contained the remains of German conservationist Bernhard Grzimek (1909-1987) and his son Michael Grzimek (1934-1959) who died aged 25, and to whom the first engraving refers:  HE GAVE ALL HE POSSESSED INCLUDING HIS LIFE FOR THE WILD ANIMALS OF AFRICA
In the UK, Bernhard Grzimek is probably not the household name he is to a German-speaking public; initially trained as a livestock vet, Grzimek became the eccentric director of the Frankfurt zoo, from the end of the second world war until the mid seventies. He also became a public personality as the host of A Place for Animals, the much loved German TV show that ran for thirty …

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Safari 1: Ngorongoro Crater & land debates

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