Unfortunately,‌ ‌WildEarth‌ ‌had‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌the‌ ‌decision‌ ‌to‌ ‌stop‌ ‌broadcasting‌ ‌from‌ ‌Karongwe‌ ‌with‌ ‌immediate‌ ‌effect.‌ ‌The‌ ‌reason‌ ‌for‌ ‌this‌ ‌decision‌ ‌is‌ ‌that‌ ‌in‌ ‌2013‌ ‌a‌ ‌male‌ ‌lion‌ ‌called‌ ‌Zero‌ ‌was‌ ‌
trophy-hunted‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌reserve.‌ ‌While‌ ‌we‌ ‌are‌ ‌not‌ ‌aware‌ ‌of‌ ‌any‌ ‌other‌ ‌hunts‌ ‌having‌ ‌happened‌ ‌since‌ ‌that‌ ‌time,‌ ‌we‌ ‌cannot‌ ‌take‌ ‌the‌ ‌chance‌ ‌that‌ ‌any‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌animals‌ ‌you’ve‌ ‌come‌ ‌to‌ ‌know‌ ‌and‌ ‌
love‌ ‌would‌ ‌fall‌ ‌victim‌ ‌to‌ ‌a‌ ‌similar‌ ‌fate.‌ ‌We’ve‌ ‌explained‌ ‌this‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌reserve‌ ‌owners‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌call‌ ‌to‌ ‌stop‌ ‌broadcasting‌ ‌from‌ ‌Karongwe‌ ‌was‌ ‌then‌ ‌made‌ ‌in‌ ‌consultation‌ ‌with‌ ‌them.‌ ‌ ‌

At‌ ‌this‌ ‌point,‌ ‌WE‌ ‌apologise‌ ‌to‌ ‌all‌ ‌of‌ ‌you‌ ‌for‌ ‌not‌ ‌having‌ ‌done‌ ‌our‌ ‌due‌ ‌diligence‌ ‌properly‌ ‌and‌ ‌WE‌ ‌do‌ ‌assure‌ ‌you‌ ‌that‌ ‌we‌ ‌will‌ ‌do‌ ‌better‌ ‌on‌ ‌this‌ ‌whenever‌ ‌we‌ ‌move‌ ‌into‌ ‌a‌ ‌new‌ ‌area‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌
future.‌ ‌We‌ ‌also‌ ‌want‌ ‌to‌ ‌point‌ ‌out‌ ‌that‌ ‌this‌ ‌does‌ ‌not‌ ‌mean‌ ‌we‌ ‌will‌ ‌stop‌ ‌working‌ ‌with‌ ‌EcoTraining,‌ ‌who‌ ‌are‌ ‌doing‌ ‌a‌ ‌lot‌ ‌of‌ ‌conservation‌ ‌and‌ ‌education‌ ‌work‌ ‌across‌ ‌Africa;‌ ‌we‌ ‌
intend‌ ‌to‌ ‌keep‌ ‌working‌ ‌on‌ ‌our‌ ‌partnership‌ ‌with‌ ‌them in different locations.‌ Karongwe and EcoTraining are separate entities.

There‌ ‌will‌ ‌no‌ ‌doubt‌ ‌be‌ ‌many‌ ‌questions‌ ‌with‌ ‌regard‌ ‌to‌ ‌this‌ ‌situation‌ ‌and‌ ‌therefore‌ ‌WE‌ ‌have‌ ‌decided‌ ‌that‌ ‌Graham‌ ‌will‌ ‌hold‌ ‌a‌ ‌special‌ ‌town‌ ‌hall‌ ‌today‌ 30 minutes ‌after‌ ‌the‌ ‌end‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Sunset‌ ‌Safari‌ ‌to‌ ‌
discuss‌ ‌the‌ ‌situation‌ ‌and‌ ‌our‌ ‌response‌ ‌with‌ ‌you.‌ ‌(18:30 CAT, 12:30 PM ‌EST,‌ ‌9:30‌ ‌AM‌ ‌PST,‌ ‌16:30‌ ‌GMT,‌ ‌17:30‌ ‌BST,‌ ‌18:30‌ ‌CET).‌ ‌As‌ ‌always,‌ ‌the‌ ‌townhall‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌accessible‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌wildearth.tv‌ ‌site‌ ‌only,‌ ‌
through‌ ‌‌http://wildearth.tv/club‌.‌ ‌In‌ ‌order‌ ‌to‌ ‌join‌ ‌and‌ ‌ask‌ ‌questions,‌ ‌you‌ ‌will‌ ‌need‌ ‌to‌ ‌have‌ ‌an‌ ‌account‌ ‌on‌ ‌our‌ ‌website‌ ‌(this‌ ‌is‌ ‌free)‌ ‌and‌ ‌be‌ ‌logged‌ ‌in.‌ ‌

Again,‌ ‌we‌ ‌apologise‌ ‌for‌ ‌having‌ ‌not‌ ‌done‌ ‌our‌ ‌homework‌ ‌properly‌ ‌and‌ ‌any‌ ‌concern‌s this might have caused.‌