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Hello Cape Town friends

If anyone is interested in the latest on the rhino fronts, I am giving a talk on predicament of the rhino (and the solutions) on Thursday evening, the 18th June at the One and Only Hotel in the Waterfront.

A lot has been happening in the rhino world over the past year. And with the looming CITES meeting taking place in Cape Town in 2016, the debate as to whether SA should attempt to persuade CITES to lift the ban and legalise the trade in rhino horn has been hotting up.  The biggest moves have been in Asia where WildAid in particular has stepped up its efforts to stem the demand for rhino.  Their remarkable initiative will be covered….

Please join me at the talk if you in Cape Town and at a loose end.  The talk is followed by a dinner at Reuben’s.

The attached PDF gives all the details, costs and the RSVP contacts


I hope to see you there
All the best





For more on the rhino debate read: Selling Out

Colin Bell

Instead of going into the expected world of finance after completing his economics degree at Wits University in 1977, Colin landed his first job as a safari guide in Botswana. In those days a cold beer came out of a wet long sock, tied to the side mirror of his Land Rover and cooled while hanging in the breeze. That was as good as it got. In 1983 Colin co-founded Wilderness Safaris with one of the best guides in Southern Africa, Chris McIntyre. The two of them ploughed all their enthusiasm, energies and limited savings (and one second-hand Land Rover) into creating what became one of the most successful specialist safari companies in Africa. Many of these lodges gained their “bush cred” through partnerships with local communities: it was through those negotiations and relationships that Colin started to learn – by trial and error – what worked sustainably and what did not. He went on to co-found Great Plains a year later. Colin is now completely independent and this freedom has allowed him to immerse himself in the Africa’s Finest book project without any vested interests. The book profiles the good, the bad and the ugly of the tourism and wildlife industries. Colin’s operations have successfully re-introduced rhino into the wilds of Botswana and pioneered sustainable partnerships with rural communities in Namibia that ensure that rhino thrive outside of protected areas.