A F R I C A N
E D I T I O N
Safari APRIL 2011
Safari Table of Contents
A F R I C A N
E D I T I O N
Safari 2. Editors Page telling you about
7. Advice Column giving readers
the editor of Safari magazine
advice for their questions
3. Letters to the Editor
8. History of the Game Reserve telling you the history of the oldest
questions from readers and responses
4. Swarovski Binoculars
game reserve in Africa
showing you all about the new Swarovski binoculars
9. Interviewing Steve Irwin
5. How to Pack for an African Safari giving you tips to
10. Iâ€™ll Always Remember...
packing for an African safari
6. Welcome to Botswana telling you all about the Okavango Delta
asking the famous Steve Irwin about his career and family life
an experience I will never forget in Thailand
editor’s note th
My name is Macyn Scholz, and I was born in Burnaby, on August 27 1998. I have a mom named Carolyn, a dad named Michael, three sisters, Jaelyn, Carly, and Tory, and three brothers, Sawyer, Taylor, and Ryan. For my younger years, I lived only in West Vancouver. I went to Chartwell School for Preschool, Caulfield School for elementary school, and then I graduated to Rockridge for high school. I liked to explore, play soccer, dance, hang out with my friends, tell jokes, spend time with all of my family, and I really liked animals. My family’s first pet, was a little puppy named Craimer. We had Craimer when my brother Sawyer and I were babies, and we kept pulling his tail and playing with him too much, so he started to bite our fingers. Unfortunately, we had to give Craimer away to our cousins, who still have him to this day. My family has had lots of pets, but my first very own pet, was a kitten. I wanted a cat so badly when I was little, that my mom bought me a Fur Real Cat (one of those mechanical cats that you have to “feed” with a plastic bottle and pet every day), and I treated it like a real cat. I took it everywhere, like, no joke. Even when I went grocery shopping with my mom, I brought it. Anyways, my mom bought it for me so that I could prove myself responsible enough to care for a real cat, and after a year of caring for the mechanical one, I got a real one. I named her Dolce, like the th clothing brand, she was white and domestic, and I got her for my 6 birthday. Dolce was a great cat, she put up with a lot, because I was so young. Anyways, another hobby of mine is soccer, and my first soccer game was when I was about 4 years old. Soccer is my favourite sport, and I have been playing it every year, since I was 4. Dance is another hobby of mine, though it comes second next to soccer, I still loved it. My first dance recital was when I was about 5 years old, and I was a ballerina. I still dance, play soccer, and love animals. Today I am married with 3 kids, two girls named Riley and Paisley, and a boy named Finn. My family and I have traveled many places and moved to different countries throughout the world. We have lived in West Vancouver, then we moved to Paris, then came Thailand (specifically Chang Mai), then Australia. I love to travel, and see the world and all of the different cultures in it. All of this travelling really helps me with ideas for the magazine. I still love playing soccer, and I still dance, and I love animals even more than I did before, if that’s possible. My other hobbies are travelling and spending time with friends and family. I’m still very close with my parents, and each and every one of my brothers and sisters. I wanted to create this magazine, because I love animals, and travelling, and new adventures. But also because animals are being mis-treated all over the world, and I want to get their message out, and let the public know about it.
SAFARI EDITORIAL Group Publisher and Editorial Director Claudia Scholten Managing Editor Katie Fleckenstein Senior Editor Noa Bruser Associate Editor Sophia Delafontaine Copy Editor Macyn Scholz Contributing Editors Bobby Ferguson, Alex Schmill
DESIGN/PRODUCTION Art Director Zakia Karmal Production Manager Charlie Armstrong Production Designer Sabrina Hampson Production Coordinator Patt Mehiiny
ADMINISTRATION Publisher Nicole Fonseca Office/Systems Manager Peter Griffin Web Manager Sawyer Scholz
ADVERTISING Marketing Director Richard Leekmu Advertising Manager Taylor Scholz
FINANCE Accounting Associate Ryan Scholz
MARKETING Marketing Coordinator Carly Scholz Subscriptions Nicky Richardson
Enjoy the issue, Macyn Scholz
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Welcome To Botswana Dear, Macyn
Wow, I have never heard of the Okavango. Just the way you painted a perfect picture in my mind and how you described everything so vividly was enough to make me want to visit Botswana. I loved the way you gave the reader extremely informative tips on where the wildlife hotspots are or where the bigger, better fishing areas were. You are a very talented writer, and a real expert on safari destinations.
Thanks for reading my article on the Okavango. It really seems like a popular one these days. I tried to just use my experience with the weather, lagoons, animals, and activities there to write about. Thanks for writing,
Sincerely, Alex Schmill, Vancouver, Canada Alex, Thank you very much. It really means a lot to me when people read my articles these days. I have spent a lot of time getting the knowledge of safari destinations, enough so that I can make a magazine on them. If you are a traveller or safari lover yourself, Botswana is the place for you. Thanks a lot, Macyn Scholz
Macyn (Letter to the editor) I thought your magazine was great. You described it so there was a picture in your head. There is no way you could describe is more than you did. All of the animals you described were great and everything was very good. Claudia
Macyn Scholz To: Macyn From: Jorge Subject: welcome to article I have seen a documentary of Botswana. And it sounds amassing. I heard that animals from hundreds of miles away come to eat and drink in that paradise. -Jorge Rodriguez, Vancouver, Canada Jorge, Yes, Botswana is quite the paradise. I do recommend it, and urge you to think about visiting. Any kinds of animals you can imagine come to drink there, itâ€™s true. It is truly an amazing sight to see, and thanks for writing, Macyn Scholz
Lenses your eyes look into
Notch used to focus on different things
Lenses you look out of
Swarovski Binoculars Swarovski binoculars are simple, but good quality While you’re on your African safari, watching lions hunt, and zebras gallop away, you’ll want to get a closer look at the animals without getting too close. You want the best pair of binoculars that money can buy, and you don’t want a plastic pair of Dora the Explorer binoculars. So how about something in between? A nice pair of great, durable binoculars. You’ll look professional on the safari, and you can bring them everywhere, since they last such a long time.
he Swarovski Company is expanding its products to the travelling industry, and is succeeding, with its long lasting, but sharp-looking items. This particular model of Swarovski binoculars is the SLC type. It comes in forest green or black, rubber armored. The prices range from $949.95-2869.00.
As with most Swarovski binoculars, the SLC model zooms in and out very well… the vision is very vivid. When you grasp the handles, you can adjust the form, so that it fits your face. No matter what kind of shape of face you have, you can make it fit by turning the handles up and down. The part you put up to your eyes is soft and bendable, so that it doesn’t hurt, or leave red rings around your eyes. So you can look through these binoculars all day. Another part of the binoculars is the
notch used to zoom in and out. There’s also a notch on the side with little numbers on it to change the vision to match to different eyesight strengths. So no matter if you have weak eyesight, or amazing eyesight, these binoculars will be just right for you! There are many different accessories for these binoculars. For example, while you’re on your safari, you’ll probably get tired of having to carry the binoculars the whole time. So why not get a carrying strap? You can attach it to the binoculars and put the strap over your shoulder so that you can just hold onto it that way instead. This way you won’t get as tired so you will be able to stay out on the safari that day longer, and your hands won’t get sore from carrying it. Another accessory for the binoculars is a little bag, with a strap on it. It is just as handy as the binocular strap, plus it’s a bag, so it will protect your binoculars from water, the plastic melting, and much more. With the bag, comes a strap attached to it, so your hand won’t get tired from carrying the binoculars, plus the binoculars are a lot less vulnerable when they’re in the bag. These binoculars are one of the most durable pair money can buy. You can drop them into a pool, and the water won’t wreck it because it’s completely sealed off and there’s no way that the water can get in. You can also drop it from 2.5 metres high, and it will be fine. This is why these binoculars are the best for your African sarfari!
PACKING FOR AN AFRICAN SAFARI African Safaris For Beginners
SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW ALL THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT SAFARIS, AND CAN PACK FOR ONE TODAY? WELL, THINK AGAIN. DID YOU REMEMBER THE SUNBLOCK? BUG SPRAY? WATER TIN? IF YOU’RE SOON GOING ON AN AFRICAN SAFARI, HERE’S WHERE YOU START-READ AND LEARN:
1. If you’re going on an African safari, you need to know the basics of packing for it, before you start. The first thing you need to think about is a long safari, bring a larger suitcase, and vice versa. But, if you are going to be travelling to lots of different places in Africa, and/or you will be staying in hostels, than bring a small bag (like a larger size backpack), and only pack essentials.
2. Once you have the right suitcase/bag, you can start packing. First of all, pack for the weather. Usually in Africa it’s extremely hot, so I would mostly pack shorts, short sleeve t-shirts, and light sweaters. But, pack for rainy days as well, to be on the safe side.
3. But please, for your own personal hygiene, pack lots of underwear, even if you’re going to be travelling a lot, it’s kind of disgusting to be using already-used undies. Its fine to use a shirt you wore yesterday, but no, not underwear.
4. Now, once you’re done packing your clothes, you can move onto toiletries. First of all, pack your toothbrush and toothpaste, and a brush, unless you have very short hair. Pack, the toiletries that you use day to day, just the ones that you think you would need to bring.
5. Remember that on a safari, you will probably be walking around most of the day, s bring durable shoes. For example, bring sandals for the days when you are just relaxing, but bring runners for the days when you are out being active.
DANGER! When you’re out all day in the extreme heat, you need to drink lots of water. Being dehydrated is not a fun experience.
6. Now you’re ready to head to the airport, and go on your African safari!
^African sunsets are the most beautiful ones in the world. But take our word for it, going out on an African safari, not knowing what to expect, is a lot more dangerous than going for a family trip to the zoo.
Sigg water bottles are one of the most popular, and they are very durable. This would be a good idea when packing.
Klean Kanteen water bottles are also very popular and they last a long time as well. As you can tell from their brand name, they’re eco-friendly.
In Praise Of
A wonderful and peaceful place in the amazing continent, Africa By: Macyn Scholz
Photographs By: Zakia Karmal ne of the best National parks in the world, Okavango Delta is located in Botswana, Africa. The Okavango is a maze of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels in an area over 17,000 square km. Sometimes called a “swamp”, the Okavango is not even close. Its water is remarkably clean and pure, with palms and towering trees throwing shade over crystal pools of water. The overall length of the delta from the border to the Thamalakane River is a little under 300kms, and so the core of the delta is approximately 200km from end to end. The Okavango is a magnet for the wildlife who depend on the permanent waters of this unique place. In the lush forests of the delta and its islands, and along the floodplains, more than 400 species of birds flourish. On the
mainland, and among the islands in the delta, lions, elephants, hyenas, wild dog, buffalo, hippopotamus and crocodile meet with a variety of antelope and other small animals (warthog, mongoose, spotted genets, monkeys, bush babies and tree squirrels). While you’re on a tour of the Okavango you can stop and watch the elephants drink and bathe, while the young play and splash at the river, or gaze at the monkeys swinging freely from tree to tree. Fishing can take place anywhere in the delta, but if you want a bigger, fiercer fish, the deeper and faster areas in the delta are probably better for that. You can fish, bird watch, game view, photograph, animal watch, or simply relax. If you’re into safaris, the Okavango Delta is the place to be.
ADVICE Well reader, you sound like an exciting person to travel with! Because of my experience travelling, I would probably say that the most dangerous places are, Pakistan (or any place with a lot of civil unrest), the South Pole, the equatorial rainforests, the Sarah desert, and places along those lines. Hello, my name is Sarah and I am a first time writer, long time reader. Whenever I travel, I bring along my camera to take pictures of the sites I go to see. But, not all of the time it works. How would you recommend taking pictures of animals in action on the savannah? Well, I’m glad you asked this question Sarah, because I have wanted to share some information about this kind of photography. Wherever you are, you should try to get as close as possible to the scene (within reason), and if you can’t, a 300-400m lense is perfect for zooming in far distances. To get the freeze-frame effect (making it look like you froze time to take the picture), where you can make out every detail in the shot, you need to get yourself a fast shutter speed for your camera. They make it so you are able to take pictures that make it look like you froze the action. They let in multiple exposure to make sure that no blur is in the picture. But sometimes, it’s a nice effect to have some blur in the photo, and you will need a slow shutter speed for that. I’m Darrel and so that I know before I leave, I was wondering, what you think are the best, or your favourite place for an African safari? Well, DarreI think that my favourite place is probably Tanzania, Serengeti during migration. It’s still amazing during other times of the year, but during migration, it is said to be one of the few wonders of the world. Hey, my name is Yvonne and I wanted to ask: Where are the top 5 places in Africa to travel to? Wherever you go, you will have a great time. But, in my opinion, the top five would be, Tanzania, next would be South Africa, Kruger National Park, then Kenya, and also Botswana, and finally, Zambia.
C O L U M N
ion since I love a challenge, and my middle Hi Macyn, name is danger, I was wondering: Where are the most dangerous places in the world to travel too?
Hi, my name is Zakia and while I get ready to go, I was wondering if you had any safety tips for going on an African safari? Why, yes in fact I do. Here are a couple: Even when you are on tours, keep a reasonable distance from the animals. Another one is to make sure that the water you drink is purified and make sure the food you eat is clean. Also, if you need some tips you could read my article on “How to Pack for an African Safari”. How do you tell the difference between male and female monkeys? Well, the male would have the male reproductive organ and the female wouldn’t. Hi, now that I know more about travelling, I’m going to go to Africa myself, and I wanted to know what the best tours for animals and the environment? Well reader, I think that if you just go to the right place in Africa, like my favourite, Tanzania, or Kenya, then if you ask around you will find an amazing tour just perfect for you. Hey Macyn, I love your magazines; I read them all the time! Although I know of many places to go to, I wanted to know if there are any uncommercialized places in Africa that you know about? One place could be the Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, which is a small, uncrowded hotel to stay in where they have taken in giraffes that couldn’t take care of themselves or were abandoned as babies. You can go and play with the giraffes at any time of the day, and while you’re eating breakfast, they poke their heads through the windows and you can feed or pet them. I’m thinking about traveling to Africa myself, so before I go, I wanted to know if there are any very dangerous places or places you suggest not going to in Africa? Well, in a poor place like Africa, it’s hard to tell where and when there will be civil unrest. I would look into it before you go travelling there, check where is said to be dangerous at the time your leaving and listen to what the warnings say, because you would rather be safe than sorry. Good luck! Hi Macyn, before I go travelling, I wanted to know what the most dangerous animals in Africa are? Africa has a variety of dangerous animals, including hippopotamuses, elephants (not trained), crocodiles, black mamba snakes, lions, cape buffalos, puff adder snakes, and mosquitoes (because many carry disease).
The history of
Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is the oldest game reserve in Africa, established in 1895. It is set in the heart of Zululand (KwaZulu-Natal), South Africa, and the nearest city is Durban. The park covers about 960km2 and in the park the Big Five can be seen. The Big Five includes lions, rhinos (white and black), elephants, buffalo, and leopards. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi has the largest population of white rhinos in the world, and in excess of 300 species of birds can be seen.
In the making of this reserve, some important people should be acknowledged for their contributions. For example, when they were trying to eradicate the tsetse fly, the employment of R.N.T.P Harris became necessary. Harris undertook research on the fly, and made a major contribution to the studies done on the tsetse fly. The final execution of them could not have been achieved without him. Harris developed the Harris Fly Trap, which was the most successful way of capturing the fly, up until the introduction of DDT spraying.
Before it was a game reserve, it was a royal hunting ground for the Zulu kingdom. Meaning only the royal subjects and important people could hunt on those grounds. On the grounds of the park, there are many signs of Stone Age settlements. It was established as a game reserve in 1895, though Iâ€™m not sure how the Zulu kingdom felt about their hunting grounds turned into a game park to help endangered animals. It originally was 3 separate reserves, and then joined under its current name in 1989.
The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi game reserve has under come lots of changes in time, from when it was first established, to now. After it became one game reserve in 1989, it became world renowned for its white rhino population. White rhinos are an endangered species, and today a number of 1000 white rhinos are maintained, thanks to HluhluweUmfolozi. The reserve was established primarily to protect white rhinos, but then changed to protecting animals on the endangered species list. The game reserve also developed a number of activities to do on the grounds including self guided walks, auto trails, game drives, picnic sites and boat tours.
When you start a business, or invent something, or even establish a game reserve, there are going to be a lot of problems that go along with it. Though the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi game reserve is a great success, there were controversies and problems in the making of it. The area of the reserve has always been a safe place for animals because tsetse flies carrying the nagana disease are common, which protects the area from hunters. However, as the Zululand areas were settled by farmers, the game was blamed for the prevalence of the flies and the area became experimental in the efforts to exterminate the flies. Farmers called for the slaughter of game and about 100 000 were killed in the reserve before they discovered DDT spraying in 1945 to solve the problem. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi game reserve has had itâ€™s share of problems and changes over time, but it is still very successful. It is the oldest game reserve in Africa and saving many endangered animals. Most of all, it is saving the white rhinoceros, but certainly not the only or most important endangered species being saved from hunters by the reserve.
The crocodile hunter succeeds like no other in his career. Fan favorite, extremely talented, and in it just to help wildlife!
EVERY SO OFTEN A PERSON comes along and breaks through all of the celebrities and becomes a fan favourite, but is down to earth, and doesn’t care about the fame, or the publicity, just the animals. Naturalist and actor, Steve Irwin rocketed into stardom with his show, “The Crocodile Hunter”. While most are in it just for the money, was in this career just for the animals, and to let the people know about them and what’s happening in the wild. The average person can’t comprehend, let alone get up the courage to actually go to those outback places, without civilization some of the time. This is why we need someone brave enough to do all these things, so every week we can watch, pretending that it’s us who’s on T.V., weedwacking through the exotic rain forests, stopping as we go to examine rare mushrooms and chameleons, camouflaging themselves into trees and bushes. As that other person goes out on a new exciting adventure every episode, enlightening us on every trip. In this case, the perfect explorer/naturalist for this description is no other than Steve Irwin. We were so lucky to get an interview with him before his tragic passing from the diving accident. We were his last interview before his unfortunate death. He answered our interesting questions about life, his career, family, and his plans for his next big move to promote animal protection awareness around the world! Read on to find out the details.....
When and where were you born? STEVE I was born on my mother’s birthday, on February 22, 1962, in Essendon, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria.
Where did you grow up?
STEVE Well, as I said, it was a family run business, but yes, I did end up taking over the park. I actually ended up renaming it Australia Zoo in 1992. Also that year, I appeared in a one-off reptile and wildlife special for television.
What was your childhood like? STEVE My childhood was a lot different than the average child, because my father (Bob Irwin) was a wildlife expert, interested in herpetology, and my mother (Lyn Irwin) was a wildlife rehabilitator. After we moved to Queensland, my parents started a small Queensland Reptile and Fauna park, were I grew up around crocodiles and other reptiles. It was probably the best childhood that I could ever ask for. For example, for my sixth birthday, my parents gave me a 12-foot long scrub python.
When did you wrestle your first crocodile? STEVE At 9 years old, I was handling crocodiles with my father, and I wrestled my first crocodile at 9, too, Of course I was always under my father’s supervision.
What was your first crocodile-related occupation? STEVE Once I graduated, I moved to Northern Queensland, and I became a crocodile trapper, removing crocodiles from populated areas where they were considered a threat. I did the service for free, with the promise that I’d be allowed to keep them for my family’s park. Then I became a volunteer for the Queensland Government’s East Coast Crocodile Management Program.
Did you end up taking over the family park?
Why don’t you and your wife wear wedding rings? STEVE We are very happily married, but
So when and how did you meet your wife Terri?
we believe that with our line of work, wedding rings could be a hazard towards the animals.
STEVE I met Terri in 1991, when she was
How was your honeymoon with Terri?
STEVE I grew up in Victoria, until I was 8 years old, then I moved with my parents to Queensland.
keep me away from the animals I love.
visiting wildlife rehabilitation facilities in Australia, and she decided to visit the zoo. It was love at first sight; I thought there was nobody like her in the world. We were engaged 4 months later, than th married in Eugene on June 4 , 1992.
Can you tell me about your family together after you were married? STEVE Well, after we were married, we had two children. We had a daughter named Bindi Sue Irwin, and she was born th on July 24 , 1998. And after that we had a son named Robert Clarence Irwin, born st on December 1 , 2003. Bindi is actually named after a saltwater crocodile.
STEVE It was amazing. We actually spent it trapping crocodiles together. The film st footage of it became the 1 episode of The Crocodile Hunter.
Could you tell us about your T.V. show? STEVE Well, the series debuted on Australian T.V. in 1996, and made its way onto North American television the next year. To our surprise, The Crocodile Hunter became successful in the U.S., the U.K., and over 130 other countries, as I remember.
Your image became known worldwide, we’d like to know a bit more about it. STEVE It was my enthusiasm, signature
I’ve heard you are very enthusiastic about your family, is this true?
khaki shorts, Australian accent, and of course my catch phrase, “Crikey!”.
STEVE Yes, definitely. My family is the
With the T.V. show, growing in popularity, did it change anything at home?
reason I was put on earth. The people I love are the only things that could ever
STEVE Not really, except for the constant paparazzi, we stayed very grounded. I taught my kids about nature and animals, and they found the same interest in it that I have. After all, my job is my passion, not something I do just for money or fame.
So, what are your plans for the future? STEVE To keep informing the world about endangered species of life, and to educate our generation on things that don’t get through in the normal T.V. shows, and websites. There are many things out there we don’t know about, but me, I’m going to find them.
Have you ever dipped your bare feet into a seethrough tank full of cool, crystal clear water, and have a hundred tiny guppies race towards your feet, just to get a nibble at your wiggling toes? No? Well, I have. For the winter Olympic break my family and I took the first plane out of Vancouver to get away from the action. Don’t get me wrong, I love Vancouver, and we cheered Canada on from a T.V. in our hotel room with an amazing view of the sparkling ocean and beaches of Thailand. But, it felt like a good time to get away and tan on white, sandy beaches, rather than be stuck in traffic downtown all day.
After the 10 hour flight, the unpacking and sorting, and the finally blissful sleep, we were ready to explore the Rati Lanna hotel. We weren’t back in Vancouver anymore, we were in Chiang Mai, and it took a while to get used to knowing that you are about 12,000km away from home. Our hotel had an infinity pool, a bar and restaurant beside it (the bar connected to the pool), and grassy fields right out in front of all that, eventually descending down into a clear lake with a rickety dock floating atop the glassy surface of it.
Once we had explored our riverside resort, we all thought it time to wander back to our luxurious and paisley patterned rooms and get ready for the night out. We had plans to meet up with some friends of my father’s that lived in Chang Mai for dinner (whom we had been meeting up with every day to help us experience what Chang Mai had to offer). We had a wonderful meal full of conversation and laughing. We finished dinner, and were waiting on dessert when I looked out the window of the restaurant to see that the next building over was a Fish Spa. The name puzzled me so I asked our friends that were locals. They told me that Fish Spas were very popular in Thailand, and that there are tanks full of guppies were you put your feet in to take off the dead skin. My brother and I got money from our parents and rushed over without hesitating to think about dessert.
We stepped inside the Fish Spa and gasped in amazement. Even though our friends had explained what Fish Spas were to me, I couldn’t believe my eyes. There were clear, square tanks filled with sheer, perfect water and way too many guppies to count in each. It was two people per tank and red, fluffy cushions to sit on while you dip in your feet. My brother and I paid and rushed toward a tank (we went in different ones because we were the only people there and we didn’t want the other person to hog the fish). It took a while for us to get up the courage to actually put our whole foot in the tank, for a while all we could do was dip one heel or one toe in at a time. Finally, I convinced myself that guppies are actually harmless little fish and they would only be nibbling, no biting. Once I had, my brother and I counted down and, 3....2....1..... Guppies raced toward our feet like they were running, or swimming, for their lives. Once they got to skin, my brother and I could not stop laughing. And, I don’t mean little giggles kind of laughing, I mean full on, peeing ourselves with insane laughter from a tickling fest going on down at our feet.
It was just my younger brother and I at first, but the experience was so extraordinary that we started banging on the windows of the Spa to get our family’s attention, and have them come over so they could try. Each of them wandered over and was caught in amazement as their feet were lowered into the tanks. Most of us couldn’t stop laughing the whole time and were stuck in a stage of complete joy and just didn’t want it to end. But, unfortunately, we had only paid for an hour and time flies so quickly. As we wandered out of the Fish Spa, all I could think was “Wow”.