Name ID 368
Farler, a geographer who interviewed traders returning to the coast. Reported that elephants were plentiful in the highlands above Manyara
Herne, Brian White Hunters: The golden age of African Safaris
Page Number: 123
Extract Date: 1928
Following their hunt [in 1927], Dick Cooper obtained an isolated parcel of virgin bushland at Magara, just south of Lake Manyara, where so many expatriates were then eagerly seeking a precarious foothold in Tanganyika. After Bror married his second wife, Cockie Birkbeck, Dick Cooper knew the couple were so broke they had no place to go, even though Bror was certainly among the highest-paid white hunters in Africa. When Dick Cooper offered his congratulations to Bror and Cockie on their marriage, saying to her, "I hope you'll be very happy," her reply had been, "So do I, but it may be difficult without a penny to our names". His response was to offer Blixen and his new wife the handsome sum of �800 a year to live on his Tanganyika farm and plant coffee. Blixen was not ungrateful. Years later he wrote of Dick Cooper, "After nearly ten years of hardships endured together and many bottles of whiskey shared, I dare to affirm that we are the best friends in the world."
Smith, Anthony Throw out two hands
Page Number: 120c
Extract Date: 1962
Manyara was a mere 70 miles away. The first leg of the route down to Makayuni was along the Great North Road once again.
It was tarmac now, or rather that section was; but, when I had ridden along it seven years before, the section south of Arusha had been one of the cruellest of the whole 7,000-mile journey. Perhaps it was at this very spot, as the motor-bike lurched uncontrollably, and I listened to the banging of its suspension system, that thoughts of a balloon had first come to mind. It was noisy, that machine, and very dusty, and it did pass on a good few of the road's unevennesses to a well-battered spine. I had caught glimpses of animals as they had hurtled away, with staring eyes, with fast-moving hooves. It had been thwarting not to see more of them. In any case, noise and dust or not, battered vertebrae or not, I had to stick to the road. Its destiny had been mine.
At Mile 48 we turned off the tarmac, and on to a dirt road once again. The great western wall of the Rift Valley lay ahead, and beyond it were the Crater Highlands of the Ngorongoro district. The whole area was rich in game, and was fabulous country. It would surely be even more fantastic when seen from a point suspended silently beneath the huge gaseous canopy of a free-flying balloon.
Douglas-Hamilton, Saba Elephant: the search for Virgo
Extract Date: 2002
She visited a Maasai Laibon for guidance on whether Virgo was still alive (no signs in the stones) and climbed Lengai to make an offering to the gods. And then it was into Manyara NP. Lots of elephant recognition shots, and close up of ears. Meetings with staff and rangers; some had known her as a little girl, and some reported recent sightings of Virgo. Visit to Mtu wa Mbu to find old friend. Requests to have all the tourists look out for Virgo (one tusk, would be about 55). Flight over the park. Camp at her old home. And a trip to Tarangire to visit Charles Foley and go through all her fathers (IDH) elephant cards. There was one elephant which Charles recognised as maybe a visitor to TNP, but he had never seen Virgo. More searching, and lovely shots of Saba sitting surrounded by Virgo's family and descendants, but, inevitably no sign of Virgo herself.
Unusual for a "wildlife" program to have a lot of interaction with local people.
What a difference it makes when you can identify the elephants by name and understand their relationships.
Maasai �Amanya-are� �A meeting place of two�
known after the Maasai name (emanyara) for the Euphorbia tirucalli bush