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PRI's Environmental News Magazine

Air Date: Week of January 16, 2004

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CURWOOD: There’s more to come on Living on Earth, including a report from Jeff Young in Washington about how the Bush administration is weighing in on two cases now before the U.S. Supreme Court. But first, I want to invite you to join me on a walking and riding safari in some of Africa’s greatest natural areas.

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CURWOOD: Heritage Africa has arranged for a Living on Earth expedition to spend several days hiking and driving near the Timbavati River in Kruger National Park in South Africa. This is an area famous for its rich population of lions, elephants, and rhinos, as well endangered cheetahs and wild African dogs.

Then it’s off to the Amadiba Tribal Area in ruggedly beautiful territory that lies between the Mzamba and the Mtentu Rivers on the Indian ocean. The area is called the Wild Coast, but it may not be so wild for very long. A major highway is being planned for the region, and mining concessions are also threatening to change this exquisite landscape forever.

We’ll take time to document this story, and the story of the Mpondo people, who have developed an eco-tourism program based on community ownership. They’ll take us by horseback and by canoe through their stunning homeland, and put us up in simple but comfortable camps.

There are two ways you can come along this safari. Buy a ticket to assure your place and also help us here at Living on Earth. You can also take a chance to win a trip for two. For details go to livingonearth.org. That’s livingonearth.org to join me , Steve Curwood, beginning May 1st on Safari in Africa.

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