Wildlife Then by equinoxio21

Magic, fiction, and art: journalist/novelist/blogger equinoxio21 weaves them together with compassion and wisdom to create his fascinating equinoxio21 site.

equinoxio21 as a toddler
“Shah taught me Urdu, and proper table manners, the latter with great difficulty I might add.” equinoxio21

From the start, he‘s led exciting life! In a short reply to a reader, he described himself: “I am a cultural “mongrel”. Born in Pakistan, raised in Africa. It helps to add tiny details, the “couleur locale”. Reality, to me, is what adds weight to fiction.

Here he combines his historical photos (and here’s some of beautiful original art he posts as well) with those from antique books…



Wildlife is under a death sentence everywhere. Those giraffes (and ostrich, look closely) I saw in Kenya in 1969, fifty years ago (!) are being snared by poachers. What for? For giraffe hair bracelets? To turn their skin into a carpet? Pointless. As a teen, I was fortunate enough to see the last of the wild. Isolated pockets still remain with Game wardens practically turned into a military force. But who knows how long they will last?


This is how giraffes were seen in 1879. (In Mammifères, Louis Viguier). 140 years ago. This is yet another of my books falling apart. Major restoration in the works. The engravings are priceless. Many would tear the book apart and sell each engraving for 20 Euros on the banks of the Seine.


Warthog, 1879.


1969, Nairobi National park.

IMG_7011“In the jungle, the mighty jungle…”

kdd10-14“The lion sleeps…

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14 thoughts on “Wildlife Then by equinoxio21

  1. Stella, oh, Stella June 25, 2019 / 7:22 am

    Thank you for presenting this interesting blog, dear Da-Al, I certainly pay him a visit! Greetings from Denmark!

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  2. equinoxio21 June 24, 2019 / 3:31 pm

    And I must say, it was quite a surprise to see my old cook, Shah! Your husband must speak Farsi, which has influenced Urdu and Hindi in many ways.

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    • da-AL June 25, 2019 / 5:26 pm

      Yes, he does – I only speak a couple of words of it. My background is English 1st, then Spanish

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      • equinoxio21 June 26, 2019 / 8:58 am

        Languages are important. French (and English) define me to a great extent.

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  3. allenrizzi June 24, 2019 / 12:13 pm

    Poaching will never stop unless ALL governments pass and enforce strict laws forbidding the importation of ANY animal parts. Sadly, China and others simply don’r care!

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