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About

 

About-Cari-Wildmoz

Cari and granddaughter at the beach on the West Coast

 

Who are these people and what are they doing on my screen?

 

What We Are…

Wildmoz is about wildlife everywhere, with a focus on Africa – the cradle of life. What Wildmoz won’t have is politics… Africa has had – and still has – enough comment, criticism and judgement to last an eternity and for some amazing reason the whole world feels free to do this. Well I’ve got news for you – we live here – along with more than a billion or so other native Africans! And it’s a whole lot more complicated than anyone realizes, so please, when you come here, leave politics out of it and just enjoy the safari…

Wildmoz is wholeheartedly behind all good wildlife sanctuaries and does not support zoo’s or circuses, or any wildlife containment, for the amusement of man, etc.

 

The Long View…

Here’s a story about an African tribe and the Africa that surrounds them, well, several tribes really. No, you haven’t stumbled on an anthropological essay. This is really an explanation of how we all happened to be here, toiling away on the not-so-Dark – anymore – Continent!

For our purposes, this story starts about 350 years ago. Its roots begin in the expansionist tendencies of the colonial super-powers of the day. Spain, Portugal and England were the main players to begin with.  Not to be outdone, they were rapidly followed by Germany, Belgium, Holland and France. Like all true stories, this one was about riches, land, treasure, adventure, glory and riches… oh, and have I mentioned riches. Well, if we’re to be brutally honest here, it was mostly about wealth.  Everything else was just an added bonus. Back then, economics was as much the driving force as it is today.  Europe was involved in many expensive wars with itself; not just your classic, army-against-army type war but wars (historically called “races”) like “races” for the spice trade, plus domination of the old established trade routes.  The flow of spices, china, coffee, tea, chocolate, slaves, silks and other luxury imported goods that were so important to the governments of the day, hinged on the outcome of these “races” and forces. These commodities were vital to the economies involved and the man who could add a new land, rich with potential merchandise, was assured of immortality in history and glory while he lived.

So our tribal elders came to Africa, lured by the promise of fame and fortune, planting their feet firmly in the soil and grew roots and flourished. The eleven centuries since this beginning destroyed ties to all other places and now we are all bonded to Africa, as surely as any favorite-son… Apologies none! Regrets none! We’re African. Moz and Cari have four sons, one in construction, Arron, one in wildlife, Joshua, and twins Jason and Asher in IT.

 

Close Ups of the Tribe

Cari: Daughter of the late Laurens van der Post – the famous African writer, explorer and humanitarian… She is probably known mostly for her ramblings on Sunshine and Shadow where she indulged her passions for Africa, nature and wildlife before the start of Wildmoz. Cari is all over the Internet, writing wherever any one lets her; she writes content for all over the web. Her own writers website is carimostert.com where you can also find links to her other books. She is married to…

Mauritz: Son of Peter Mostert, ecologist and founder/member of various ecological boards, influential in the creating of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in 1956… Grandson of Andrew Mauritz Mostert, the man responsible for the first tourist safaris into The Kruger National Park, owning the only tourist concession between 1926 – 1937. Grandfather A M was the original owner of four of the farms that later were incorporated into The Timbavati Private Reserve… Mauritz spent much of his youth working on his father and grandfathers’ farms in Timbavati and was present when the (now defunct) Kruger Park border fence was erected on Timbavati’s Eastern edge. He worked in South Africa and Botswana as an expedition guide and co-ordinator for documentary makers associated with National Geographic. Mauritz is the web webmaster/developer accountable for Wildmoz. He is also a wildlife artist, writer and photographer, providing visual content on the websites as well as the illustrator for the African Folktales Series.

Joshua Mostert: Born in Johannesburg. After a short time in the UK, Josh returned to Africa via Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and finally Zimbabwe. Arriving in Zimbabwe in late 2006, he became passionately involved in the AWMC (African Wildlife Management and Conservation) and has been with the firm ever since, established as one of the company′s directors. Josh is also involved in Human Wildlife Conflict (HWC) and Problem Animal Control (PAC) and thus works on related projects with various NGO′s in Zimbabwe… He is married to…

Dr. Jacqueline la Grange-Mostert: Daughter of Mike La Grange; a recognized expert in the relatively new science of Game capture and co-founder of AWMC. Jacque was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, grew up in the bush, and is a fully qualified wildlife vet. After working with the Botswana government for a number of years, she moved to Tanzania where she was involved with the Frankfurt Zoological Society on the Black Rhino conservation project in the Ngorogoro Crater, Tanzania. Jacque is AWMC’s wildlife vet and keeps us up to date from the field… For more about all of the folks at AWMC and the very important work they do, visit their website.

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Meet Our Authors: The Wildmoz team, Cari and Moz, have a lifelong passion for the Bushveld and share adventures and stories about Africa's good things. Wildmoz is Africa - the cradle of life! Travel writing about wildlife, African folklore, wildlife art, Kruger Park and wildlife safari info! Taste life as it is in Africa.
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