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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 11 (June 1, 1930)

Camera-Shot Big Game

Camera-Shot Big Game.

Through the once Dark Continent, catching some malaria en route, has been travelling His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, on “safari.” At one time “safari” meant mostly a list of the slain, but there are indications that the practice of game-watching, as much as game-shooting, is now finding wider and wider adoption. To an increasing extent the photographic trophy is replacing the tusk and the hide. The other day a prominent English weekly devoted its first page to a splendid “shot” (camera-fired) of an elephant intently observing the photographer, whom it had just detected on the other side of the water-hole, 50ft. or 60ft. away. A series of such photographs was obtained in Kenya “during two short safaris” and “not a shot was fired in obtaining the photographs.” A former Wanganui College boy who is now a district commissioner in Uganda, tells that on numerous occasions he “has spent days within range of game, but never fired a shot, occupying his time studying the life of the jungle.” Big game hunting developed from bow and arrow, spear, muzzle-loader, and b.l. gun, to modern rapid fire. Now it shews a tendency to revert to bow and arrow, which is the actual armament that some of the hunter cult are now employing in Africa.