Wildlife destinations in Africa you need to check out. It’s holiday season and travelling is one of the things that makes it more merrier.
It’s that time of the year where families come together. Or you get an opportunity to have some quality me time if you prefer your own company. All in all, it’s time to just relax and have some good time.
Beaches and big hotels maybe most preferred by many. Enjoying some vitamin D and sand bathing. What if you still get that vitamin D and get to make awesome memories. This is because Africa is hot, literally hot. Vitamin D from the sun is everywhere every day at least twelve hours.
Africa is still developing, so most of it is still in its raw state. Developments are yet to cover all places. So you will be able to get an insight of how things ran many years ago in its remote places. Simply, Africa is full of surprises and very welcoming to everyone in the world.
That said, what are some of these places can you be able to enjoy all these.
Here we go:
It hosts the greatest wildlife estate called Maasai Mara National Reserve. Also known as one of the best wildlife destination in the world. The Maasai Mara Reserve is also where the greatest wildebeest migration takes place.
It’s a home to a variety and good number of national parks and reserves. Not forgetting the historical sites, cultural centres, sanctuaries, nature parks, mountains, among others.
Where do we stand as a planet? In terms of natural resources and health of our atmosphere. Do you have any idea? Or have any clue?
Unfortunately some people don’t believe in science or their research. Hence ignoring all the reports given regarding anything. Am not sure what they use to understand the changes we have been experiencing as a planet.
Climate change and global warming are no longer theories. Their effects are heavily being experienced all over the world:
The oceans are becoming warmer each day.
Sea levels are rising.
The poles are melting at an alarming rate.
Rainy seasons and patterns have greatly changed and disappeared in some places.
Species are getting extinct each single day.
Temperatures have risen as the ozone layer continue becoming thinner as days goes by.
So what are some of the major changes in our planet:
Land-dwelling species have declined by 40% since 1970.
Marine animal populations have fallen by 40%.
Birds populations are down 25%.
Freshwater animals have plummeted 75% since 1970.
50% of the world’s coral reefs have died in the last 30 years.
These stats are really worrying and alarming. It also shows that if nothing is done urgently and we continue to contribute negatively to our planet. Then we will kill it sooner than we thought. Mother nature is at its final kicks and we need t resuscitate her.
The Blue economy conference for 2018 kicked off two days ago and will be concluding today. It brought many nations, organisation and people together.
Let’s get to understand what it entails
In general terms, it is use of marine environment for its economic value. Include activities such as fishing, marine tourism, marine sport, transport,among others.
Did you know?
Oceans covers 72% of our planet surface.
Ocean helps to both generate oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide. Its literally gives us life just like trees.
Oceans recycle nutrients and regulates global climate and temperature.
Ocean provide employment and source of food.
Humans are known to take more than needed when it comes to exploiting resources. Especially natural resources. Hence needs to be put on check before they can cause depletion of whatever they are exploiting.
And that’s where the blue economy conference comes in. It is used as a tool to ensure sustainable exploitation of marine resources. As well as ensuring that environment is well taken care of.
According to World Wildlife Fund, Blue economy means use of marine and its resources for sustainable economic developments.
They are geared to promote three key agenda, which includes:
Overall contribution of the marine environment to economies.
Addressing the environmental and ecological sustainability of the marine environment.
Blue economy as a growth opportunity for both developed and developing countries.
Which are some of potential for blue economy?
Marine biotechnology and bio-prospecting
Existence of biodiversity
Over-exploitation of marine resources.
Illegal undertakings in oceans , that is, illegal fishing, use of illegal equipment.
Waste disposal to the oceans. There’s inadequate care for marine environment and its ecosystem.
Leopard are the fastest felines as they can run up to to 58 km/h. The rosettes (dark spots that resemble the shape of a rose) on their coats makes them look very beautiful.
The rosette patterns are unique to each leopard. Leopards in East Africa tend to have circular rosettes while the ones in Southern Africa and Asia, have squarish rosettes.
Leopard subspecies include ;
Sri Lankan leopard
As we can tell, these subspecies are named according to the places they are found. Some of the species have gone extinct, vulnerable or threatened. This is due to majorly humans and both habitat lose and habitat fragmentation.
Leopard are adaptable to almost every environment.
Most of our wildlife parks and reserves in Kenya have leopards. The famous ones and known for their leopards include Samburu National Reserve and Maasai Mara National Reserves.
They are also found in the ice continent. There is where you get the amazing snow leopard.
More about the snow leopard in the next post.
Leopards are solitary animals. They only come together during mating.
Do you know that black panther is the other name for a melanistic leopard?
I hope the famous black panther movie gave something back to the wildlife. The name really helped their brand, and leopards qualify for some pat at the back.
Melanism do affect leopards do. It makes the rosettes invisible under the black coat.
FYI : Leopard’s coat colour varies based on the climate and habitats they occupy. They vary from pale yellow to yellowish brown or golden.
Apart from running very fast, leopards can leap as well as spring a height of 6 meters.
Ban on logging is still on and loggers have started wondering what’s next for them. They seemed to no longer agree to remain silent about it.
They argue that their contribution as timber production has an effect on our country’s GDP. In short cutting down our trees has more benefits than allowing to survive deforestation.
This takes us back to the priorities of investors when it comes to natural resources that seems to be beneficial when been done away with. We can equate it to the issuing of licences for trophy hunting.
It doesn’t matter what they contribute towards the GDP , ban logging should not be lifted any time soon. We should be able to attain the needed forest cover and even surpass it. Before we can think of allowing logging again.
Once we accomplish the goal to increase and save the forest cover. Logging should be controlled by very tough laws that will ensure it doesn’t takes us to the same mess.The public should be able to understand the importance of our forests. So that they can also provide a helping hand, in ensuring our forest are respected and conserved.
Does is it make sense to clear the indigenous flora species and replace them with the exotic ones?
In most cities, beautification process is including plantation of various flora species. Which is a good progress. Beautification does not have to be confined in monuments, bill boards, cemented path ways, among others.
Flora bring a sense of life in our highways and cities. They reduce the impact of the scorching sun. As well as offer us beautiful view to enjoy as we transit.
But I have one problem with the flora species that they are planting. Why would they destroy the indigenous species and replace them with the exotic species.
Most of the flora species being used for beautification are mainly the exotic species. As much they may seem more beautiful than the indigenous one. They do have a lot of cons that are avoidable.
Exotic species will take some time to adapt to the new environment. Needing extra care and responsibilities for their survival. Sometimes they eventually die despite all that care. They are expensive to maintain.
Why do the governments go ahead to misuse public funds in such projects that most of the time fail. Especially in Kenya, a country handicapped with other monsters such as corruption. Millions are wasted in ridiculous beatification projects that keep failing over and over again.
The sad thing is that we don’t learn from our mistakes. We just keeping redoing in. We destroy the indigenous flora species that have been present over the years. Flora species that didn’t need the much needed attention and resources to maintain.
Who do you think natural resources belong to? Is it the public as stated by constitution in most countries? Or citizens of that particular area/location. Or individuals who think that it does belong to them.
From my understanding, natural resources belong to the public. Benefits obtained from them should be used enjoyed by all citizens. In that spirit, all the citizens are supposed to protect their natural resources.
I don’t think anyone or a group of people can claim complete ownership of a natural resource. A natural resource that does not need any human impact like water bodies, wildlife, indigenous flora species, among others. This is because the occurrence and existence is 100% natural. And only human interruption cause their depletion or destruction.
It will be also be mean and unacceptable to prevent other fellow citizens from accessing these natural resources. Just because they don’t occupy that particular location.
Giving back to the natural resources
Most us are only after enjoying the benefits that are brought to us by these natural resources. And care very little, if any, about the state of these resources.
Natural resources management is very vital for their existence in a long time. We should work extra hard to ensure that we reduce our negative impact towards them.
If we can apply the same energy and morale we usually have while protecting natural resources benefits. Right now we would not have anything to worry about our natural resource survival.
In Kenya, sometime back we had issues with oil revenue distribution problem. Whereby, the residents of the areas where the oil is being extracted, went to the roads. The demonstration had a strong impact, it even caught president’s and other politicians attention. Things were later resolved and agreement reached.
Then water scandal emerged. It gained politics and gave birth to different opinions.
From the two incidence, I wished it could be the same scenario when we are fighting for our other natural resources. Especially wildlife.
The SGR (Standard Gauge Railway) passed right through the Nairobi National Park despite conservationists efforts to make it stop…….
How do we share the available space in planet Earth? Species who have best adaptions seems to have their way. The rule being, survival for the fittest plus a new one, and the greediest too.
Human population has been growing at an alarming rate. I guess we are among the top species in reproduction. This is despite some countries advocating for having at most two kids, others begging their population to have kids while others begging them to lower the number of kids they plan to have. Some countries on the other hand, are okay with any number of kids you are able to have.
Despite the number of births contributing to the high population. We have many diseases even terminal ones wiping away human population in huge numbers. But still our numbers are high. We are equally reporting high numbers of deaths. I think it’s almost true when we are told that each minute, a baby is born somewhere in the world.
Evolution and urbanization has contributed to numerous changes in this planet. People’s way of living have changed greatly hence needing more than the planet can keep up with. Technology has placed development on a super sonic speed.
Many many years ago, our ancestors lived in small communities hence occupied very little space for their occupation. Nowadays, everyone wants to have their own place and a very big mansion. Whereby you can find some living alone in a mansion that can accommodate a whole estate.
Land is measured by its economic value and if something does bring much, it’s replaced. And this where wildlife suffers. No one seem to really understand the value to allowing wildlife have their space untouched. The investors come up with great ideas to shut down any possibility of allowing land to remain bare for wildlife to live in.
This has lead to fragmentation of conservation areas and disappearance of wildlife corridors. Land encroachment is happening all over the world. Wetlands are drying up and forest disappearing. Not many of us seem to be bothered by this. As they tend to think that they have an upper hand compared to wildlife. Its like the planet is theirs while the rest can go by their rules.
Most conservation areas have been wiped out of existence due to the assumption that they don’t bring in enough revenue. They are transformed to towns or factories which seems to bring in more cash. Income generation is what they use as a yard stick while deforesting our forests.
As much as we may see conservation areas as a waste of resource, we are terribly wrong. The value that conservation areas holds can not be measured money-wise. They do hold the most crucial elements needed for our smooth running and lives.
Just like humans, animals too have feelings. I was very happy when I saw billboards advising citizens to respect animals by not being cruel to them. They went ahead to show some of the actions considered cruel while handling animals.
Most people tend to assume that animals don’t feel anything . Or maybe what they may feel doesn’t matter or count. Hence end up mistreating them in awful ways.
Some of the acts may even be due to ignorance. Whereby the perpetrators has no idea of the consequences of their actions.
These actions include:
Feeding pets human foods.
Confiding pets in cages with environment that is not conducive