Problem w/ PH not completing paperwork to ship
I have a problem with my PH not completing the paperwork to ship from the taxidermist in Bulawayo to the US. Items have been at Taxidermy Enterprises for a year now. It isn't surprising really given all the other problems I've had with this guy. But I'm trying to understand two things:
1) What is his motivation at this point? All fees are paid. Trophies moved from the bush to the taxidermist. According to the taxidermist all they need from the PH are docs. Any insight as to his motivation would be interesting to hear.
2) What is my recourse? My US based booking agent (Arnold Payne, Impala African Safaris, Phoenix, AZ) has admitted that he has no control or leverage with the PH. I have Mr. Tawanda Chipere from Zim Parks and Wildlife looking into it but have not heard anything. Zim PH and Guide Assoc. haven’t responded. Waiting on SCI-South Africa and SCI-USA for some direction. Am I missing anything? Hammer or lever, I'm open to ideas at this point.
PH in question is
Col. Watson Tshipa
Zimbabwe Safari Company
aka Pasat Safaris Pvt Ltd
Hunted near Dete off the A-8 in the Gwayi River area during Sept-Oct 2008 for buffalo and plains game.
Any insight into actionable items would be greatly appreciated.
Bigger issue of PH licensing
Thank you for the well reasoned and detailed reply. I have approached many, but not all, of these organizations. But will try to reach out to the rest soon.
You raise a much larger point in your reply regarding PH licensing. 9 of my 10 days hunting were spent without a PH. Col. Tshipa had overbooked and was off on an elephant hunt in a different area while I spent time hunting with his son. His son is a very nice person but not a licensed PH and not a very good buffalo hunter either! I later learned that he had learned his skills on an anti-poaching unit and his current role, when not filling in for his father, was primarily to drive the truck. There is no remedy or recourse for this. It happened and it was bad.
But I do want to get this paperwork thing behind me and start these trophies on their way to the states. My local SCI chapter is applying pressure to the booking agent. But he has already admitted to me that there is little he can do. And I have lost trust in him long ago.
We hunted primarily on a concession named Camp Selous in Gwayi. The camp director is a Member of Parliament and ran a good camp. I reached out to him today in an effort to see if he can apply any leverage to Col. Watson. They seemed to have a deeper financial relationship then just camp director and PH. But he was only ever fair and reasonable with me and I do not want to condemn either him or Camp Selous.
Thank you again. Any additional thoughts or comments are welcome on post or direct to my e-mail below.
John Jackson III of Conservation Force
Eric, You might also want to contact John Jackson III of Conservation Force at www.conservationforce.org, he is well known in the hunting industry and has a lot of resources and contacts... I don't know if he will be able to assist you directly however he might have a few pointers or advice for you.