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Kalahari Diaries

Hello, I'm Val. I live in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and my life's work in conservation and tourism spans more than a decade. I have raised Sirga the lioness, who I rescued as an abandoned lion cub at just ten days old. On countless walks Sirga learned to hunt on her own - now we roam the vast semi-desert of the Kalahari that we call home. With this podcast series, I am sharing my experiences in the African bush with you!Join me for a wild journey! These are my "Kalahari Diaries"

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  • 14.04.2021
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    59:05
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    Trophy Hunting - conservation or immoral practice?

    We all know the shocking images of smiling trophy hunters posing with dead African wildlife. The images spark outrages all over the world on a regular basis. The solution to this seems easy enough: Ban trophy hunting. What are the alternatives? What are the facts out there? Let's dive deep into this uncomfortable matter. Let me share my opinion on this topic.Become a supporter today and gain access to exclusive content like bonus podcast episodes, video and audio material as well as regular Q&As: https://www.patreon.com/sirgaThank you for listening to this episode of the Kalahari Diaries. Did you enjoy this Podcast? Great! You can help me tremendously by subscribing and rating the Podcast in your favorite Podcast App. Leave a review and tell friends and family about it if you feel like it!If you want to know more about me and sirga go ahead and checkout https://www.sirgathelioness.com or follow me on social media: https://www.instagram.com/valgruener/ https://www.facebook.com/valentin.gruenerI am Val, and you’ve been listening to the Kalahari Diaries.

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  • 23.02.2021
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    How to manage a wildlife area

    Our 75km2 area is dwarfed by the neighboring Kalahari Transfrontier Park, it's a tiny speck of land that we call home. From a different perspective it's breathtakingly huge. Come and take a look "behind the scenes" and find out what it takes to manage a wildlife area in africa!

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  • 16.02.2021
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    How I became a bush pilot

    Hey friends, we had a little bit of break. Nevertheless, let's kick off 2021 with a brand-new episode. This time I am telling the story of how I became a bush pilot. We're starting way back in my childhood and the fascination for aeroplanes, learning how to paraglide with YouTube tutorials and google in my twenties and finally becoming a licensed pilot in 2018!

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  • 16.02.2021
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    Moving a lioness across Botswana

    Today, I am telling the story of how we moved Sirga 850km across the country to her new reserve in the south western part of Botswana

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  • 16.02.2021
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    Rain dictates life

    In this episode, we’re looking at the Kalahari Ecosystem. Botswana is a country that named its currency „Pula“ - the Setswana word for „rain“. Rain dictates life. Massive thunderstorms cross the vast open plains of the Kalahari and create heavy local downpours. The mighty Kwango river floods the Okavango Delta in the north, turning the dry sand into the worlds largest inland delta. Thousands of animals make their annual migration to grazing grounds - and in their shadows, predators like Lions follow. Let’s have a closer look at the seasons of Botswana!Become a supporter today and gain access to exclusive content like bonus podcast episodes, video and audio material as well as regular Q&As: https://www.patreon.com/sirga

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  • 16.02.2021
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    Lockdown in the Kalahari

    2020 was supposed to be the year when we would reopen our camp for tourists. We had it all planned out, excited to open our gates in June. Well, as we all know it all came different. The corona virus claims lives all over the world and lockdown measures are being implemented. International travel has become virtually impossible.Although Botswana might be one of the least populated countries in the world, we make no exception. In this episode I am taking you through 6 months of lockdown. Ups and Downs and how we improvise to get through these challenging times.Stay healthy, stay safe everyone!Become a supporter today and gain access to exclusive content like bonus podcast episodes, video and audio material as well as regular Q&As: https://www.patreon.com/sirga

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  • 16.02.2021
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    How africa’s second largest wildebeest migration disappeared

    This episode centers around a sad fact: Botswana used to be home to Africa's second largest Wildebeest migration, only second in size to the Masai Mara/Serengeti Migration.This migration disappeared decades ago. Hundreds of thousands of antelope died off. Why it happened, and what we could do to bring these numbers back - in this episode of the Kalahari Diaires!Become a supporter today and gain access to exclusive content like bonus podcast episodes, video and audio material as well as regular Q&As: https://www.patreon.com/sirgaMentioned Links:Arithmetic, Population and Energy - a talk by Al Bartletthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O133ppiVnWYThe Effects of Veterinary Fences on Wildlife Populations in Okavango Delta, Botswanahttps://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/3f1f/b052941d5993c9c151c9015f434815f5e823.pdf?_ga=2.95927070.383089270.1596375735-797873679.1596375735Vet Fences in Botswanahttp://www.botswana.co.za/Wildlife_Conservation-travel/vet-fences.htmlThank you for listening to this episode of the Kalahari Diaries. Did you enjoy this Podcast? Great! You can help me tremendously by subscribing and rating the Podcast in your favorite Podcast App. Leave a review and tell friends and family about it if you feel like it!

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  • 16.02.2021
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    How raising a lion cub has changed my life forever

    In this episode, we're going way back! I often get asked how Sirga, a tiny lion cub, came into my life, how I raised her and how we formed a unique bond. In this episode I read from my diary in which I documented Sirgas first 60 days with me - the last time I had a look at it, was at the time I wrote it. 8 years ago.I am also telling the story of the very first kill she made when she was just 16 months old. Many "Lion experts" told me, that after her first kill, everything in our relationship would change. Well, I was also worried. But it all turned out very differently than anyone could have imagined. Enjoy listening to the Kalahari diaries!

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  • 16.02.2021
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    Does petting a lion help African wildlife?

    Many people dream of being close to African wildlife. Being close to lions, cheetahs and leopards is not a question of "how" than rather a matter of "how much". All over the world, there are facilities which meet the demand of animal lovers wanting to pet lions and other wildlife. But do these facilities fulfil the claims they make to draw in well-meaning tourists? Does the "orphaned" lion cub get raised and released back into the wild? Is there even space for more lions in the wild? Does the facility use the funding to support the conservation of wild animals?

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  • 16.02.2021
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    How I Changed My World to Dedicate my Life to Conservation

    My name is Valentin Grüner. I live in one of Africa’s most remote Wilderness areas. The Kalahari in Botswana. Nature and Wildlife is my biggest passion. I hand-raised Sirga the Lioness and walked the Kalahari to join her on her hunts. I work in tourism and nature conservation. How I got here? Well - it’s kind of a long story! Join me for my very first podcast episode!See you next time on the Kalahari Diaries!

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