Aul tells us he and Stone spotted the elephant while driving cross-country looking for game. He had been hunting elephant for 11 days, when they happened upon a group of three bulls, including the one he shot. Aul says Stone is a young but skilled PH who runs a small safari operation that subleases concessions in Zambia and Tanzania. Aul met Stone when he was apprentice to PH Jaco Du Plessis, who you'll recall went missing in 2003. We have e-mailed Stone asking for more information on his company. We'll let you know what we find out.
Still in Tanzania (in Texas, actually, but still on the subject of Tanzania,) Dallas Safari Club last month, with the assistance of Conservation Force, hosted a fundraiser for an organization called Wildlife Conservation Foundation of Tanzania. The organization was created to help fund anti-poaching efforts in the Selous and elsewhere. Its supporters include former President George Herbert Walker Bush, former French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and H.I.H. Archduke Lorenz of Austria, all three of whom were in attendance.
As this issue goes to press, funds were still coming in, but the total raised was already well over $260,000 enough to put five more anti-poaching vehicles on the ground in Tanzania. If you would like to find out how you can help with this effort, contact Gray Thornton at Dallas Safari Club. Our hats off to Dallas Safari Club........(continued)