Big Game Hunting, Rhodesia, Africa

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Africa is the hunter's paradise. Elephants, lions, tigers, zebras, giraffes, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, and other large beasts of the jungle and plain are still to be found here in great numbers. Every year hunters from Europe and America go to Africa to try their rifles on the big game. But hunting in Africa is a business. One would not dare or care to plunge into the wilderness by himself. Instead, a hunter hires natives to go with him. These natives go as guides, beaters, and carriers. The guides know the trails of the animals. The beaters surround a bit of wood and make a great noise. The beasts run out and the hunter fires at them as they cross the open. The carriers bring in the trophies of the hunt, and lug the camping outfit. A hunting expedition is called a safari. Natives in a safari can carry 60 pounds to the man, and cover 25 miles in one day. They eat two meals a day of a vegetable paste, called mealies. They do not get meat often; but when a successful killing is made by the hunter his natives gorge themselves on the flesh of the animals. The view shows an American hunter and his safari of 23 men. They are on a journey of 650 miles. They have covered 250 miles at this point. For 400 miles the hunter will pay each of them 6 pounds of mealies, 5 yards of muslin, and $1.75. Some of the natives here seen are carrying heads of hippopotamuses. Others are carrying the camping outfit, the extra rifles, and the cameras. In very few places could this American get so much help at a cost of $5.00 a day. Some of the big game hunting is done for sport, some for profit, and some for scientific purposes. Skins, hides, tusks, and horns are the products of the hunt. Keystone ID: 17015 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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