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Whatever happened to Olaf Pronk ...

Discussion in 'Everything Else Orchid' started by CJWatson, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. CJWatson

    CJWatson Member

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    and his orchid nursery in Madagascar? I haven't heard his name in several years, although his many Ang photos are still all around on the web.
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    He's still active on flickr, although most of the photos he uploads now are geckos! I think someone (Jacob?) was telling me that he was having difficulty getting things out of the country.
     
  3. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Olaf is alive and well, keeping busy with his commercial endeavours in Madagascar. You can find his flickr here, where he posts photos of wonderful orchids and other organisms. He doesn't export any Orchidaceae, even seeds due to regulations. He keeps a very busy schedule and internet is slow and expensive to use for him.
     
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    Thanks, Calvin and Jacob.
    After Bert Pressman died in 2006, I was hoping that Olaf Pronk would be set up to ship Madagascar orchids so I could continue to get my Ang fix each year. I'm sorry to hear that he encountered restrictions preventing him from doing so.
     
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    I just noticed this old posts that concern me. I am alive and kicking, fully licensed to export orchids and with a for African standards very modern nursery. We have had some set backs. I trusted a guy in Thailand that stole many of my flasks, found a new partner in Thailand (Andy of Puph.) but things are slow so far. We had a cyclone in 2012 destroy a large part of my shadehouses and orchid reference collection but I am working on making available in the near future both flasks and mature plants of many never ciltivated before Madagascar orchid species. Join me on Facebook where I will post future updates. Thanks for not forgetting me! Olaf Pronk, Laurette EURL, Antananarivo, Madagascar
     
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    Brent W Owner Staff Member

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    Welcome to Orchids Forum :)
     
  7. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the update! I am interested in seeing what you are offering and how all goes smoothly for you. What is your facebook link?
     
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    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    Hi Olaf! Welcome to the forum and I'm glad to hear things are going well! I'm going to send you a pm so check your inbox when you get a chance!
     
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    Just recieved the news that Olaf has passed away ... sad news, not only for his close friends and family, but also for his enormous plant and animal collection in Madagascar ...
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Very sad news. He was always very generous with information and contributed so much in many areas.
     
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    Rumor is he was affected by bubonic plague? What s great loss.
     
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    From what I know he died from pneumonia ...
     
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    gg68 Angraecoid addict

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    It is not a bubonic plague, but a pneumonial plague...so what is called pneumonia by the authorities is in fact the plague...:(
     
  15. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thank you Gilles for that information. Here is a link to an article by Vox that explains it well.