Dear African hunters, enthusiasts and outfitters
While our animal of the month is unquestionably THE most iconic African animal, let’s just stop and think for a minute, what we’re doing and are part of when we talk trophy hunting.
This animal is never top of the charts on a hunter survey for Africa.
Is that because it does not have horns? Is that what our animals have come to in order to satisfy hunters? I am sure there must be more to this that simply the ego-based – “check the size of my trophy” scoreboard. Inches are and can be very important – but this surely has to challenge, or at least raise some small question in the back of our minds.
With no horns, do we start measuring it’s skull size (like lion or leopard), its age, like lion, leopard and I see now, buffalo?
This beast poses no risk of killing or injuring the hunter, so it is not ‘dangerous’ but a tougher animal you will have to search far for.
But, by all accounts, from the early pics of Selous, right up to the tales of chasing them across the Namibian mountains – they represent and present a most respectable hunt.
In terms of the animal itself; there is no more definitive African animal. Indigenous, endemic to (except for exotic ranches and zoos) and representative of, Africa.
Utilized, in more ways than any species. Converted into more works of décor, art and furniture than any other. Copied, painted, photographed and made into fabric.
And here’s the kicker (‘scuse the pun) – a trophy that when displayed, seems to be a lot more palatable to the non-hunters stomach. Don’t even go there – but it is a fact!
That in itself means we have a change agent here to use more wisely as we continue this quest to educate.
So for the month of July, we’re celebrating Africa’s black and white equine. Her variety of subspecies – that depending on where you hunt them isn’t always simply black and white.
Some have shadows! Z is for zebra!