Some fine jumbo are being taken this year despite dry conditions in parts of the Chobe District. Kyriakou says one of his clients has taken an 85-pounder and at least one more over 80 has been taken in the country, along with a good number of animals in the high 70-pound range. Ronnie McFarlane of Micheletti-Bates Safaris was also pleased at press time with the elephants his clients have taken. He asked us to note, incidentally, that he and his brother, Alistair McFarlane, were not in business together in any way and that the lion incident has left his company unaffected. Kyriakou confirmed this at press time.
As for the dry conditions in the Chobe District, our previous report appears to be borne out by events. Elephants have indeed abandoned some Chobe hunting areas in the last two months, Kyriakou says, noting PH's in those areas will no doubt schedule their hunts earlier next year before standing water dries up.