Are Elephants Endangered?

Are elephants endangered? How vulnerable are their towards extinction?

Elephants are endangered species and at least not very vulnerable towards extinction. This is due to their growing populations as results of conservation efforts.

Someone may ask, how can a species that has a population of hundreds of thousands be endangered? Answer will be , the rate at which they were declining, qualified them to this status.

What about all these organisations dedicated to protect this species?

Just google for these organisations and you will be shocked how many there are. We have a very big number of organisations ”dedicated ” to protect elephants.

My hopes and believe is that they are doing exactly that. Doing the best they can to save this species and not profit from them. And forget the initial agenda.

Did you know that elephants are considered a keystone species in the African landscape?

You can read more about keystone species here.

Many many many years ago, elephants used to roam freely in our planet especially in Africa and Asia. There were in huge numbers. Having no predators due to their size, they lived for many years. They still do live many years but currently facing a number of threats and problems.

Adult elephants have no predators except humans. While the young elephants may be predated upon by animals suc as lions, hyenas, etc.

Elephants puts Africa in the world map and they have done a lot to our economy.

Before ivory trade was banned, elephants tusks were gold mine. Unfortunately, poaching is still active despite all the opposition towards it.

Some of the threats facing elephants

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The 5 W’s and I H of Wildlife Conservation

What are the 5 W’s and I H of Wildlife Conservation? Let’s try to break down what wildlife conservation entails.

Conservation has been a global concern lately. And more people are showing interest in it. It’s no longer a thing for the concerned parties like the researchers and the like. People are now recognising the importance of a healthy planet. Appreciating the importance and survival of our natural resources. Hence doing our best to practice sustainable utilisation.

A lot has changed in our present world. From developments, technology, climate, natural resources and human population. We have evolved and managed to adapt to the changes. But sadly, some species are giving up and unable to catch up with the random changes. Eventually getting extinct.

Definitions

Wildlife : It’s any undomesticated animal/plants species that grow or live wild in an area without being introduced by humans.

Conservation: Refers to the preservation or efficient use of resources (in an efficient or ethical manner).

What is Wildlife Conservation?

It involves protecting the wildlife and their habitats.

  • By protecting wildlife, we should be able to provide them a conducive environmental conditions. Abiding to conservation rules when we visit them. Avoid activities such as hunting, poaching, unnecessary laboratory experiments that use wildlife, causes deaths within the parks due to overspending, heavy human traffic inside the parks, wildlife circus, just to name a few.

We should be able to only do what is harmless towards the wildlife. And have their welfare as a priority.

  • Land encroachment and grabbing should stop. And land given back to the wildlife. As much as we need that space too. We should not take from the wildlife since they are the voiceless ones. We should also be able to co-exist peaceful with wildlife that live within the communities.

There are some areas that still have wildlife roaming freely within the surrounding communities. And they have been living peacefully for years. We should be able to work towards eliminating any human-wildlife conflicts.

Why should we conserve wildlife?

Do you think we should conserve wildlife?

All wildlife are natural resources, hence a gift from mother nature to humans. It’s one of the most valuable resources that we can not create. But only use and sometimes destroy.

Think about this. What if all the wildlife that you have had an opportunity to interact with, had got extinct before you were born? And you only had to know about them in a museum from the stored skeletons filled with rugs inside. Trying to make you relate to the real one. Do you have any sad feeling from only picturing that?

That’s the feeling that should give you a reason to ensure that the existing wildlife never get extinct. Wildlife are unique and helpful in a million ways. They are offer a wide range of benefits and doesn’t require much in return. They just need some TLC (Tender Loving Care). We refrain from the activities that offer negative impact to them. And they will be just fine.

Future generations will be able to follow our examples and enjoy the wildlife we currently have.

Think of the reasons that pushes you to plan a safari, visit a zoo/orphanage,the smile on your face when you watch a tiny chipmunk nibbling nuts, getting a kiss from the giraffe……..All those sweet moments that we try our best to capture through our cameras. They are some of the reasons we should conserve wildlife.

When can we conserve wildlife?

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It Got Me Thinking

It got me thinking once I watched his video.

The video was trying to understand the no straw decision made by McDonald. McDonald’s banned use of straws in their restaurants some time this year. In solidarity with conservationists towards fight against the one use plastics.

Reports have been going round on the negative effects of the plastic straws that end up in our oceans. A huge number of marine animals especially turtles have suffered this fate and died in big numbers painfully.

As a result, campaigns have been launched and spread all over the world. The campaigns have been advising on the negative impact of the one use plastics to our nature and wildlife. Alternatives have been given and things have improved lately.

More countries are banning use of one use plastic items such as plastic bags. And citizens have responded positively . By replacing the plastic bags with the reuseable environmentfriendly bags.

It has been a huge step of success for conservation. Hoping the remaining countries will join the rest and say goodbye to the one use plastic completely.

So my video guy experienced the no straw policy when he visited one of the McDonald’s restaurant. He was not given any straw for his drink. Lack of straw was not what bothered him the most. But presence of other plastic utensils being used at the restaurant.

The disposable cups, spoons,folks, among others. He was wondering what difference it really made by banning plastic straws yet allow the other plastics. Which definitely have same consequences as the straws.

He has a point

It was and still one of the best decision made of banning plastic straws. But its half way and not fully exploited by the McDonald as well as other restaurants. Especially the ones that offer fast foods on the go.

The number of plastic utensils used and given to a client once they purchase their food is a lot. And being disposable , are only used once. Hence make their way into the oceans sooner than we can imagine.

The straws in the oceans may reduce in number but it will be replaced by the plastic spoons/forks/plates, among others. Different objects, same materials, same destruction.

The same way they banned use of plastic straws, they should do their best to come up with recyclables utensils. Utensils that can decompose, refused or easily recycled.

What point am I trying to make here?

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Our Coins Our Heritage

Our coins our heritage. That’s right. That has been the song in our media devices as Central Bank of Kenya make Kenyans aware of the new coins.

Yes, our president revealed the new coins few days ago. No more presidents’ faces on our coins. I like the idea and tend to think it will bring good luck to the Kenyan wildlife.

The coins are as follows :

  • Sh1: Bears the image of a giraffe
  • Sh5: Bears the image of a rhino
  • Sh10: Bears the image of a lion
  • Sh20: Bears the image of an elephant.

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Let’s talk about the Zero Waste

Let’s talk about the zero waste.

It has been discussed and campaigned a couple of months now. And more people are embracing it as well as giving out their opinion about it. It’s one of the moves geared towards conservation of mother nature.

How does she do it?

Have you heard of Lauren Singer, a regular New Yorker who could fit her four years waste in a jar. She a true definition of almost zero waste.

Her own words, “I do compost and recycle but only as a last resort — I try to avoid packaging at all costs”

She is quite impressive, right? And shows that it’s possible to reduce our waste when we decide to.

Is zero waste possible?

Am yet to totally agree with it since at some point we will encounter some unavoidable waste. And it takes time and discipline to give up habits. So to me I guess, it should be almost zero waste. As opposed to zero waste.

So what’s the idea here?

Whether zero waste or almost zero waste, ways to get there are similar. And they include:

Refraining from use of one use plastic stuff.

That includes plastic bags, disposable utensils, among others. This one is almost catered for by most countries. As ban on the one use plastic is being enacted to these countries.

Practising recycling and reusing stuff

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How does climate change affect wildlife?

How does climate change affect wildlife? Are they safer than humans, or worst off ?

Wildlife seems to be the unlucky species lately in this planet. They almost have enemies from all angles. Yet they can do very little if any for themselves. To make the survival a success.

They suffer:

  • Habitat fragmentation and loss. Their land is been encroached from all sides each passing day. Hence reducing in size and quality.
  • Poaching and hunting. For many unqualified reasons, they lose their lives. Humans have been known to kill wildlife for their body parts, as source of food and worst as a form of entertainment.
  • Such to name a few…

So how does climate change affect wildlife?

Climate change is the new “world war iv”. It’s killing and destroying this planet at an alarming rate. With its power and discard among humans, it’s winning in various ways.

But as we come together and speak in one uniform voice. Adhere to the agreements and actions agreed upon, maybe we can save our home, planet earth.

Some of the ways climate change affect wildlife includes:

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Where do we stand as a planet?

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:

  1. Land-dwelling species have declined by 40% since 1970.
  2. Marine animal populations have fallen by 40%.
  3. Birds populations are down 25%.
  4. Freshwater animals have plummeted 75% since 1970.
  5. 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.

How do we save our planet?

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How do we share the available space in planet Earth

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.

But can humans survive without other species?

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Animals Too Have Feelings

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
  • Neglecting a pet.
  • Remaining silence about it and allowing it to continue happening.
  • Killing them mercilessly.
  • Using them for experiments unethically.
  • Smuggling animals.
  • Feeding wildlife in the conservation areas and zoos.
  • Poaching
  • Killing animals for fun. (trophy hunting)
  • Using animals for entertainment (bull-fighting, dog-fighting, cock-fighting, animals circuses, among others)
  • Leaving pets unattended to for a very long time.
  • Causing pain on animals from beating them.
  • Denying them….

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Extinction means forever

“Humanity can no longer stand by in silence while our wildlife are being used, abused and exploited.
It is time we all stand together, to be the voice of the voiceless before it’s too late. Extinction means forever.”
Paul Oxton

Climate change, global warming, extinction of species, among others have been in our news for many years. But recently, it has been getting some backup. People are more alert and interested to understand what it entails. Although we are not yet where we need to be, but at least we are making good progress.

Nations have been holding talks and conferences to find solutions for a better environment. Everyone is interested in and working for both a green economy and blue sky. Climate change agenda is finally penetrating into governance.

Did you know that there some countries with no wildlife in the wild. But rather in zoos and controlled areas. This is due to different factors such as:

  • Land encroachment.
  • Introduction of invasive species.
  • Over-hunting (over-fishing included).
  • Over exploitation.
  • Human-wildlife conflicts.
  • And many others.

Wildlife are amazing creatures to interact with especially the ones in the wild. The captured ones are more like the domestic animals due to the controlled conditions.

Just like the way we enjoy watching nature documentaries. It’s way cooler enjoying a game drive or camping and being able to be with the animals. Studying them is one of the most interesting study you could ever want to. They will always surprise and amaze you.

Have you ever watched the simplest animals like butterflies, beetles, ants, wasps. Get to observe how they operate and relate with each other. You will notice they are not very different from us. As well as surprise you how organized they are.

Imagine all that awesomeness disappearing due to our negative impact to the environment. A planet with no wildlife will be like a graveyard. No birds to wake us up with beautiful songs, no cricket noises in the evening and no watching lions pursuing an antelope. It will be a boring planet.

Picture a very busy city like New York or even Nairobi. The heavy traffic of both vehicles and humans. Running up and down like mad men and women. Some of them not knowing where they are heading or doing. They are just on the move.

The atmosphere filled with harmful gases and fresh air because a looked for commodity. Cities that run around the clock whereby you easily miss out weekends and holidays. Since you fail to recognize them due to busy and tight schedules.

Extinction means forever. And there’s no coming back. It’s a dead dead situation. Once it claims something, it goes for good. Just like dinosaurs and other extinct species did.

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