13 April 2012 – a South Africa Safari by Denis Sarana & Rost Tkachenko from Russia.
Cape Buffalo, Nyala, Kudu & Blesbuck in one day.
The true story behind Donald Trump Jr.’s safari, the dead elephant, and the media circus that erupted when a photo of him holding the elephant’s severed tail needs to be heard. It says something profound about men, about contemporary media bias and about what it really means to be an honest environmentalist today.
For the inside story I interviewed Donald Jr. He was raring to talk. The media slammed him, but then didn’t care about getting the true story.
First, the media fallout: Somehow TMZ, a celebrity scandalmonger website, obtained photos (even the Trumps don’t know how they got them) of Donald Trump Sr.’s two sons, 34-year-old Donald and 28-year-old Eric, on an African safari posing with that dead elephant as well as a leopard, crocodile, Cape buffalo and more.
TMZ ran the photos with a quote calling the Trump boys “pitiful bloodthirsty morons.”
TMZ also quoted Jack Carone, from the animal-rights group In Defense of Animals, saying, “Privilege has clearly not bought them the sensitivity or wisdom to view the world as anything but their personal playground, including the imagined entitlement to end the lives of sensitive and social animals for mere amusement.”
Something didn’t add up. Donald Trump Jr. has never played the part of the spoiled playboy son of a mega-rich Manhattanite. Sure, his father is Donald Trump Sr., a real estate tycoon revered for his business acumen, a man people can’t wait to hear say, “You’re fired” on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice.” And Donald Jr. certainly has the good looks Hollywood would cast as the careless son of an American magnate. However, his reputation is clean. He’s a hardworking family man. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Real Estate from the renowned Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an ambassador for Operation Smile, a children’s medical charity that provides cleft-lip and palate repair surgeries to poor children worldwide. He is an executive vice president at The Trump Organization. He spends his days waist deep in real-estate appraisals and other corporate interests. When he appears on “The Celebrity Apprentice” he always seems like a mature professional. When I spoke to him he had the demeanor of a polite, smart and civilized gentleman—not the slightest hint of blood thirst could be detected.
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Media statement issued by HUNTING LEGENDS INTERNATIONAL
HUNTING & CONSERVATION – THE TRUMPS VISIT & HUNT IN ZIMBABWE
Management and staff representing HUNTING LEGENDS INTERNATIONAL, an Africa and USA based international safari hunting company and service provider, has noted the extreme response and perhaps, one-sided reaction from private individuals and “concerned” animal rights activists to a hunting safari organized for the Trumps in Zimbabwe, August 2010.
The company, as part of its commitment to conservation through ethical & sustainable hunting, would like to express its view and state several facts in a bid to address these concerns and eliminate confusion caused by reckless and unsubstantiated allegations.
With reference to the hunt which took place in August of 2010: -
The hunt took place in Zimbabwe in the Matetsi East General Hunting Area – Victoria Falls.
The entire hunt was done strictly according to the laws of the Department of Nature Conservation in Zimbabwe and, as is custom in these Government controlled areas, a staff member of the department escorted the hunt at all times.
The hunt was conducted by a registered Zimbabwean Hunting company as is required by Zimbabwean Law, however Hunting Legends facilitated and booked the Trump hunt.
The hunt was legal and ethically conducted as prescribed by the industry norms and regulations.
None of the animals hunted were on the endangered specie list and all the required hunting permits were issued to the Trump’s by the relevant Department of Conservation authorities in Zimbabwe.
All the required permits were issued well in advance by the relevant Nature Conservation body itself and per quota allocated annually. All the applicable license fees were paid for, as well as the trophy fees & day fees charged by the Zimbabwean Company.
The edible meat went to the Zimbabwe concession holder, their staff and to local adjoining villagers, as is the custom in the area. (NOTE: This hunt took place in the Matetsi `East area, bordering private land of the concession holder and a well known camfire area.)
The statement or notion that this hunt was sanctioned by the Zimbabwe Government is incorrect and a complete fabrication. The implication of a link between the Government and the Trumps is false and misleading.
This event was a private hunting safari booked and conducted by Hunting Legends International and a registered Zimbabwean Outfitting Company & Concession owner. All processes followed was done legally and through the relevant conservation authorities.
No media group had any permission from the Trumps or us to use any of the photographs that were published on our website.
HUNTING LEGENDS INTERNATIONAL management and staff state categorically that its business is conducted in a professional manner, strictly in accordance with the laws and principles that regulate the Professional Hunting industry.
In addition to the many conservation projects that the company is involved, funds are regularly set aside for initiatives to support the protection of wildlife, HUNTING LEGENDS INTERNATIONAL is firmly committed to the education of the public about Professional Hunting and its acknowledged role in conservation.
Man’s infringement on the movement of animals continues to impact on wildlife management and the sanctuary of animals. Institutions like National Parks cannot accommodate an ever increasing population of animals and thus overpopulation often burdens the system so they cannot alone, sustain these operations to ensure protection of Africa’s wildlife species.
Many of the game reserves we hunt on today is land which had many years ago been used by settlers as land for farming cattle and crops.
An investment in the future – for man and animals
These farms, many of which have all seen better days, as technology has changed and many of these generations of pioneering farmers have disappeared from the scene, are bought by Game Ranchers like us.
Game Ranchers often rebuild these farms from scratch and change them back into private game sanctuaries. The take down the cattle fences, demolish all the shacks, old sheds and cattle pens and replace cattle, pigs, sheep and goats with all the wildlife, which used to roam there before.
Through proper management they rid these old agricultural farms of alien plants and re-establish the land to its natural condition. For illustration, on one property of 25 000 acres we now once again have more than 4 000 wild animals roaming about freely in unspoilt nature.
These Game Ranchers (like us) sustain themselves financially by allowing trophy hunters to come to our private wildlife sanctuaries (which were bought, paid for, developed and saved from disaster by ranchers like us) and, as stated before, hunt old & mature male animals, which are beyond their prime productive time. They manage animal population extremely scientifically as it is the backbone to all of our businesses.
We all only shoot a specific number of animals every year. We create jobs for local hungry and otherwise unemployed people, we supply meat and accessories to the local communities and we look after our own wildlife sanctuaries as if our lives depend on it – because it does!
Hunting Legends recently expanded its service offerings to our growing client base, when we opened our office in the Middle East. The new office is located in Dubai and headed up by Outdoor Specialist – Sultan Mohammed Muller. Born and raised in Austria, Sultan not only speaks English and German fluently, but also commands a thorough knowledge of Arabic as he currently serves a number of the Royal Families in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar as personal consultant to their Hunting, Fishing, Deep Sea Diving and Outdoor Safari needs.
Sultan has a thorough knowledge of the hunting industry throughout the world and specializes in personalizing and customizing hunting packages to best serve his elite customer base. If you are thus located anywhere in Europe, the United Arab Emirates or the Middle East, look no further than Hunting Legends Dubai to personalize your Hunting or Photographic Safari to Africa.
Hunting Legends has some of the finest hunting concessions throughout Africa including, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Botswana, the CAR and more. We have the best guides and professionals in the industry to customize your Safari to suit not only your highest expectations but also your budget. Please visit our contact page for full details on how you can be in contact with Sultan in person.
One of our fantastic lodges in the greater Kruger National Park area – South Africa
This is personalized luxury at its very best.
Hunting Legends knows how to go the full road to offering our clients the very best in Africa and nothing is spared or overlooked when providing our clients the best Africa has to offer. No matter what you are looking to do, Photographic Safaris, Hunting Safaris, Big Game Fishing Safaris or THE BIG 5 HUNTING SAFARIS itself, Hunting Legends will provide you the best there is.
A big buffalo herd while on Safari in the Timbavati with Sultan
Valley of the Kings – Great Marico is home to the Big 5 and specializes in Buffalo and Lion hunting. We also offer the very best in plains game hunting and we host a large variety of species on the very special private game reserve. We breed a range of exotic animals and are always increasing our species and trophy qualities.
The King of the Jungle roams freely on our reserves
This is Africa – welcome home!
SULTAN takes his own Red Hartebeest trophy in the Great Marico area. (Phillip and Sultan)
The Dubai Offices are now ready to take your calls, so don’t hesitate to contact Sultan Mohammed Muller or Erich Mueller as he is known in Austria for the best service in the Middle East, Austria, Germany and Europe. You can reach Sultan best by email: mailto:email@example.com
Sultan and Phillip in Dubai recently with the opening of our new office.
At Hunting Legends we are passionate about hunting & the great outdoors, and we cherish the value it brings to families and children alike. Spending quality time with your kids is a responsibility so often neglected by parents and quite frankly, a bitterly sad fact!
Our lives flash by us in an instant and before we know it our children are all grown up and getting on with their own lives. We often put the blame on NO TIME, NO MONEY, TO MANY OBLIGATIONS TO MEET and WORK, AND BEFORE WE KNOW IT, our children are all grown up and start to leave home.
Ask yourself this question – HAVE YOU SPENT ENOUGH QUALITY TIME with your children?
I haven’t and for that I am going to make up as fast and as best I can!
My son is the love of my life and I owe him – BIG TIME!
Exposing your child to hunting at a very young age will be the very best thing you will ever do for your child. Hunting is not just about dead animals, it’s all about creating lasting memories. Memories your child will cherish for the rest of his/her life.
Taking your child on a hunting safari is bound to change your child’s life and that’s a guarantee. In our business we are blessed and fortunate to experience many of those special moment’s when Dad and son (or daughter) discover each other in a total new way. Experiences where we watch in amazement how the children suddenly look up at their parents with eyes filled of pride and love. Your child will never forget the moment you shot your big Kudu or the day he or she shot her first Impala.
They go back home and will only talk about one thing – there safari to Africa!
You owe yourself and your children only thing in life – and that’s quality time! No better place to give them that, than your safari to Africa. Which is why we at Hunting Legends have started a program where we encourage our friends and clients to bring their children along. Children under the age of 14 can come for FREE!
Some people say we are stupid for giving away a FREE HUNT to children, however, this is our investment in our future clients for generations to come, AND, your investment in your own child who will most definitely have a life changing experience of their own.
Don’t postpone the opportunity to spend quality time with your children – bring them hunting now!
Matimba is a nickname given to my son by the local black folk when he was born and means STRONG ONE. Since then his nickname has been abbreviated to TIMBA ,meaning LION
Spending just another holiday at a resort somewhere, where the children play in game arcades or at the pool while you lounge and visit with your friends isn’t good enough. We need to spend QUALITY TIME with our sons and daughters and there is no better venue than nature, especially Africa, where to find that magical moments.
The magical moment when nature itself becomes the teacher, the entertainer and the setting where you and your boy will really discover each other like never before!
Taking your kid on that unforgettable hunting trip where he gets to become a man himself is something you will cherish for the rest of your life. Spending hours around a camp fire, talking, joking, relaxing, educating and finding your lost soul, is the answer to any fathers questions to life.
Rediscover your child and bring him on a hunt with the Legends in Africa – a trip of a life time, and journey to a new world of love and passion for your children.
TIMBA – I love you SON!
Phillip Mostert Senior
To often we as hunters are critisized and referred to as killers. This is not true and mostly used by ill informed and biased people in society. Hunting plays an enormous part in conservation and had it not been for hunting, many species would have been extinct by now. Trophy hunters have invested Billions of Dollars into hunting over the past decades and continue to do so now. Hunting has also helped return desolate and previously abused tracts of land back to its former beauty and millions of animals have been reestablished back into the wild and nature as we have found it. All of this contributes to a better and sustainable future for society at large.
Hunting for conservation is a reality, it works and it is flourishing thanks to you the hunter!
Now we need to preserve it for our children and no better place or time to start with them, than right now in Africa.
Phillip Mostert Senior and Junior with his Impala
Phillip Junior took this nice young Impala ram with a 22.250 at 220 yards with one shot!
Taking your children hunting will change all your lives for the better! Say no to drugs and life’s common bad influences, say yes to nature and spending 24 hours a day with your son or daughter in God’s country!
We now make it a point to encourage our clients and friends alike to focus on our children and to bring them hunting, as we did with friends Hannes and Annemarie Moolman below:
Kalia (left), Lenro (front) Dr. Annemarie and Hannes Moolman
Lenro (6 years) took his Impala with a 22.250 at 240 YARDS ONE SHOT KILL too!
You can never imagine the joy and the excitement you will experience with your children hunting, even at these very young ages until you have done so! All they think and talk about is the great shot, the way we found the big bucks, the stalk, the trophy, the hunt, the experience. No televisions required, no radio’s and IPODS or Video Games, just plain good quality time!
Doctor Annemarie Moolman is a renowned Psychologist specializing in Child Psychology and a keen Outdoors-Lady herself. In Annemarie’s own words, there is no better place than nature to teach your children the true values and qualities of life, while discovering themselves.
If you’re having problems or have children with challenges, then now is the time to take action and change your lives for the better! Bring them to Africa with Hunting Legends International and enjoy a vacation of a life time and rediscover your child and yourself. Dr, Moolman offers a complete and comprehensive service to our clients and can help you with your challenges while you’re on your African Hunting Safari.
No need for consulting rooms or stressed environments, just a good hunting lodge in Africa and our majestic natural resources is all she needs to help you.
Get solutions for your problems now and discover the best therapy you will ever need.
For more information on how Dr. Annemarie can help you with your challenges, contact her today or contact us at Hunting Legends and we will make it happen for you.
Affordable, enjoyable and results driven!
Phillip, Cornè and Timba
Timba (Phillip Junior) took this Blesbuck at 160 yards on the same hunt.
And it’s not just the hunting or quality time around the camp fires, it’s also the time you have to teach your son (or daughter) all about nature, about wildlife about values and about life at large. Spending this time is worth every penny in gold and will be times you or your children will never forget. Teaching them to hunt, to conserve and to love cannot be done in a better and more exciting place than Africa with all its beauty and large variety of fauna and flora.
TIMBA learning how to skin a Black Wildebeest
Hunting Legends has a special offer for you – if your son or daughter is under the age of 14, they can come for FREE!
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to spend that quality time with your child and will certainly be the highlight of their young life at this stage.
Lenro and Hannes with Lenro’s Springbuck
Lenro and Timba with a Roland Ward Black Wildebeest shot by Hannes Moolman.