Remember that 30-day, on-foot elephant safari Hunting Report subscriber Bill Feldstein was arranging in Ethiopia with Nassos Roussos of Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris? We mentioned the planned outing quite a while ago, only to hear Feldstein had to cancel the trip in 1996. Well, he's now rescheduled the trip for this month and is about to hop on a plane as this issue goes to press. Feldstein has promised us a follow-up report, which we will of course pass along. After all, how many things in the world can be more interesting than a month-long foot safari in the last country on Earth to produce a slew of 100-plus pound elephants?
Before he left, Feldstein dropped us the following note: "My quest on this 30-day safari is solely for elephant. I have no interest in any other animal. To insure my dedication, I am only going to be carrying one rifle, that one being an English .500 double express. I have been extensively involved in the preparation of this safari as I want to be sure we have proper provisions to last 30 days. We will have porters to carry our supplies and somehow will make do with what we have. I am hopeful of covering a couple hundred miles on foot. I am a student of Africana and have read a lot about safaris of old, and that is what has motivated me to recreate one as we head toward the close of the 20th Century. I am confident that I have the physical and mental discipline; but oftentimes perception is not reality. Let us wait and see...." In all, Ethiopia has a CITES quota of three elephants, two of which must come from Roussos' old hunting area, Garafurda (now called Southwest Forest of Southern People's Regional Government), and one of which must come from Gambella. It's unclear who will hunt the other two elephants on quota, but Roussos' agent Richard Elliott said at press time he understood Roussos already has one of the two "reserved." As for importability of ivory from this country, it appears Americans have a shot at success in........(continued)