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Christo Gomes

Henry Christopher Gomes


Christo Gomes of Mabula Pro Safaris recognized the

potential of big game hunting and plainsgame hunting.

He converted his large domestic cattle ranches into

game ranches. This made a substantial contribution

to conserving Africa's variety of wild game species.

 

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Mabula Pro Safaris is the brain child of Christo Gomes, whose love of hunting he inherited from his father, Henry. Christo shot his first Kudu when he was 8 years old, and now 32 years later, he runs a highly successful hunting outfit with a fine hunting success rate, excellent trophy quality, and many satisfied clients.

Seventy percent of Mabula Pro Safaris' clients return for more hunting, some as many as four
times over. For others it becomes an annual event. This indicates how satisfied they were with their experience,

While Christo Gomes is dedicated and skilled hunter, he has an abiding love of nature and all it's wild creatures. Christo is living proof of the fact that hunters today are among the world's best conservationists; for he has enormous respect for the environment, and is deeply committed to wildlife and habitat conservation, ethical hunting traditions and practices as an affirmation of the ecology, and hunting safety.

 

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Mabula Pro Safaris is the brain child of Christo Gomes, whose love of hunting he inherited from his father, Henry. Christo shot his first Kudu when he was 8 years old, and now decades later, he runs a highly successful hunting outfit with a fine hunting success rate, excellent trophy quality, and many satisfied clients.

Seventy percent of Mabula Pro Safaris' clients return for more hunting, some as many as four
times over. This indicates how satisfied they were with their experience,

While Christo Gomes is dedicated and skilled hunter, he has an abiding love of nature and all it's wild creatures. Christo is living proof of the fact that hunters today are among the world's best conservationists; for he has enormous respect for the environment, and is deeply committed to wildlife and habitat conservation, ethical hunting traditions & practices as an affirmation of the ecology, and hunting safety.
 

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Africa - a majestic continent, filled with unspoiled beauty, and mystical silence.  A prehistoric continent, thought to be the cradle of mankind, and yet still seemingly untouched by human hand. 

For it is in Africa that the animals still carry within them the ancient mysteries of a forgotten age,  as they roam free upon an untouched world still at the dawn of time.
  
Game capture

Think of Africa .... and you think of its elephant, its lion, buffalo, sable antelope, kudu and nyala.

 


A recent game capture was organised to manage population sizes and ensure a varied gene pool.


Helicopter
Game Capture
Game Capture
 

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Africa is changing,... inevitably.  It's wilderness areas have shrunk, and its wild animals are mostly kept in game reserves now.  Hunting is strictly controlled. Yet, due to conservation efforts increasing game number, it is still possible to experience big game hunting in Africa, to experience the heart-stopping thrill of coming face-to-face with a lion, a rhinoceros, a magnificent kudu, and many other exquisitely beautiful animals. 

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Buffalo was introduced to Mabula Pro Safaris'
Nature reserve in 2001

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White Rhino was introduced to Mabula Pro Safaris' Nature reserve in 2006

 

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There is no question but that hunting in South Africa has a vital role to play in areas such as conservation, ecology, and of course, economics.

However, recognizing that the value of big game hunting and plainsgame hunting goes some way beyond mere money, Christo Gomes of Mabula Pro Safaris converted his large domestic cattle ranches into game ranches, thereby making a substantial contribution to conserving and utilizing Africa's variety of wild game species. And so, where once there was no game  there is now only game.

 

Conservation through hunting

 this Eland was found abandoned and
hand reared by Stella Gomes
(definitely not destined to become a trophy)
Conservation through hunting

Red Hartebeest captured, for relocation
to introduce new gene pools.

 
 

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Wildlife and game management makes many demands on the owner of a game ranch. One of the primary objectives of the rancher is to build his stock through judicious breeding, constantly improving genetic selection and bloodlines, buying new stock and therefore new gene pools, building data bases and keeping a close watch on sustainability and other ecological factors.

In this way he is breeding better animals, and improving the quality of the game available to hunters coming from all over the world in search of the ultimate trophy.

At the same time, however, he needs to be aware that the quantity and quality need to be kept in balance; for it is that very scarcity of the finest animals that makes the hunt for the perfect animal so alluring, so tantalizing and so challenging.  The hours and days spent searching for, tracking and hunting the elusive animal, before the final moment of the kill need to be fuelled by the knowledge that such an animal is rare indeed.


 

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Summer time - arrival of the new offspring
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Kudu Cow

 


For the hunter, the kill is simply the logical and fitting end to an adventure in which he pits
his skills against that of the animal. The true hunter doesn't simply want to kill beautiful animals.  His is a spiritual quest, as much a search for self-knowledge as it is a search for a trophy.

The trophy animals available at Mabula Pro Safaris, are only old solitary mature males, which means that the harvesting of these trophies does not adversely affect the breeding population. Needless to say, the trophy animals are of excellent quality.


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When you kill a beast say to him in your heart:
By the same power that slays you, I too am slain;
and I too shall be consumed.
For the law that delivered you into my hand shall deliver me into a mightier hand.
Your blood and my blood is naught but the sap that feeds the tree of heaven.

The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran


Conservation through hunting

 

About Conservation Hunting:

The term 'conservation hunting' is applied to recreational hunting when those hunts result in conservation and social benefits.

Conservation hunting is a form of regulated hunting that provides benefits to both local wildlife populations and to rural communities. The term is applied to all animals subjected to hunting for recreation, management, food and other culturally-significant purposes.

A number of international organizations acknowledge that the regulated, sustainable use of wildlife provides economic incentives that contribute to biodiversity conservation and cultural sustainability.

Wildlife-derived economic incentives may assist in protecting wildlife habitat and cultural practices from the damaging impacts of alternative land use practices.

Conservation hunting, given its socio-economic and cultural contributions to local communities, has the potential to contribute positively to human adaptation in the changing world.




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Hunting pays for conservation

 

Rifle-toting tourists hunting exotic animals could actually help protect Africa's vulnerable species, a leading conservationist has suggested.

Elephant populations had benefited from a permit system that allowed sport hunters to kill a limited number of the beasts, according to Eugene Lapointe. Mr Lapointe was head of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) between 1982-90. Animal welfare campaigners rejected the idea as "morally unjustifiable".

Writing in the BBC News website's Green Room, Mr Lapointe, president of the International Wildlife Management Consortium (IWMC), said that despite the best efforts of conservationists, the number of threatened species continued to grow.

He suggested that it was time to reconsider bans on hunting: "Unfortunately, most African economies are poor and wildlife conservation has to compete with many pressing demands for public money.

"So conservation projects are going to be most successful if they can be self-supporting; in other words, if they can generate income and provide local jobs," he wrote.

A number of nations in southern Africa had adopted a "sustainable use" philosophy, including Namibia, South Africa and Botswana, he added.

"They have issued permits to sport hunters to kill a limited number of elephants that are pre-selected according to factors like age and sex. They cannot shoot breeding animals, for example," Mr Lapointe explained.

As a result, these nations had well-stocked and healthy elephant populations and poaching was not a major problem, he observed.

Costly conservation

The idea of "trophy hunting" being a weapon in the conservationists' armoury to protect vulnerable species was supported by Peter Lindsey from the University of Zimbabwe.

“ There's no question in my mind that if hunting were to be banned, the conservation consequences in Africa would be dire ”
Dr Peter Lindsey

"Realistically, for conservation to succeed, wildlife has to pay for itself in Africa," Dr Lindsey told a recent meeting at London Zoo.

"If local people do not benefit, it is usually lost."

Trophy hunting involves allowing high-paying guests to shoot in the company of a professional hunting guide. Each hunter pays, on average, 10-20 times more than most eco-tourists would for their holiday.

He said that it could encourage landowners to accommodate and protect threatened wildlife in areas that do not appeal to most eco-tourists because they are politically unstable, too remote, or simply less scenic.

In South Africa, landowners were given permission to allow shooting of excess male white rhinos once the species began to recover after a sharp decline. This gave landowners an incentive to buy and provide land for the rhinos, and this is thought to have significantly accelerated their recovery.


 

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