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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Wildlife destinations in Africa that you need to check out

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:

Kenya

Chyulu hills

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.

Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro

It’s the other half of the greatest wildebeest migration. A home to some of largest herds of wildlife mammals.

For beach lovers, Zanzibar offers you exactly that. And a lot of history to learn from.

Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park

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What do you think?

I would like to know your thoughts about this thought am about to share with you.

It’s something that have been bothering my brain for a while. And always eats me up when I see something that make me remember about it.

Why do we value illegal trade of wildlife parts in form of money/price? Why do we place a price tag on them? Estimate what value they would have attracted in both black and illegal market.

There is this beautiful public beach in a filling station along the highway I use on my way home. It’s very beautiful and contain important information and awareness about rhinos.

It does a good job to explain all the reason we should allow rhinos a bright future. Giving us recent updates of their population status. And boldly gives us two choices, “Let it Live or Let it Perish”.

I have no problem with all that. In fact I like it and gives me a smile wherever I pass by. Unfortunately the smile vanishes away shortly. This is because, the information goes ahead to give estimates of rhino’s horn. How much they can be sold out there. Why did they just have to spoil every with that one sentence.

That one sentence handicaps most of conservation effort being spread to the people.

I remember while I was volunteering as an assistant teacher in some secondary school. I introduced wildlife club and we held meetings on Fridays. We could discuss various issues surrounding our environment especially the wildlife. We also held debates and tackle challenging topics.

One day my students brought up a very sensitive and tricky debate. At first, I was shocked but impressed so I agreed we debate about it. It was about the burning of ivory done by our president of Kenya. The burning of ivory is done in support of fight against poaching.

One group supported the motion of burning the ivory. While the other group thought it was wise to sell the ivory and use the money for conservation of the remaining wildlife.

For them, they reasoned that since damage was already done. Why not look at the remaining possibilities of generating positive feedback from the whole horror. Some countries still practise ivory trade legally so trading the ivory could a legit deal.

Its clear this group understood the financial problems facing conservation and thought sale of those ivory would offer some help. Hence innocently fought against the motion. Since for them it was a double loss. The dead wildlife and the burnt ivory.

The other group too did a good job to support their motion. And stood firm that ivory should continue to be burnt. So as to send a message to all poachers and illegal traders of wildlife products.

In the process, I asked myself. What if the students didn’t know the estimated price of the ivory? Or the value of the ivory had been presented in terms of the number of wildlife that had to died in the process? Would they have come up with that motion?

My thoughts

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How do we get a balance between Wildlife Conservation and Community Welfare?

As Humans, how do we get a balance between wildlife conservation and community welfare.Humans have been the major threat and cause of nature/environment problems.

This is due to various factors such as:

  • Need for space for the rapidly growing population.
  • High poverty levels.
  • Starvation.
  • Industrialisation and urbanisation.
  • Developments.
  • Among others

As days goes by , things are getting complicated and sophisticated. More developments being practised. In need to have a “better” life. Which sometime does the opposite.

As we embraced new technologies, life became easier and cheap but expensive to our environment. Environment was never taken into account while making such decisions until it was too late.

Things have changed, nowadays each developer has to assess their impact on the environment before undertaking any projects. Organisations were set up as well to make sure this is adhered to. And also responsible to come up with laws and ways that can help rejuvenate our environment.

It’s not all of us who agree or adhere to these rules due to different reasons. That is:

  • Lack of knowledge about environment conservation.
  • Lack of understanding and appreciation of the nature conservation.
  • Corruption and lack of political good will.
  • Lack of alternatives to their negative actions.
  • Just to name a few.

Can conservation education and awareness help change their mind?

You will easily protect or fight for something you love. And you can only love something you understand well about. Or able to relate to.

If we are able to help the local communities appreciate wildlife, they will be able to find ways to co-exist with them. They will be able to manage or approach human-wildlife conflicts in a better way.

Wildlife has no brains but we do have.So its our job to ensure the co-existence is successful. It will mean we do the following:

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Understanding Captivity of Wildlife

What do you understand about captivity of wildlife?

Unlike many many years ago whereby by default wildlife was found in the wild. They have been introduced to captivity arrangements.

What does captivity arrangement include?

Captivity arrangement is whereby wildlife occupies a controlled environment. An environment that have been subjected to several alteration by humans.

Such places include:

  • Ranches
  • Private homes
  • Zoos
  • Orphanage centres
  • Laboratories
  • Aquarium
  • Sanctuaries
  • Safari Park
  • Circus

Not all of these places offer conducive environment to these wildlife. Some are more of subjecting them to slavery. And hence should be stopped.

So what are the reasons behind wildlife captivity?

Breeding

Due to geographical fragmentation, wildlife has been separated from their relatives over time. Hence leading to poor breeds or extinction of some breeds.

By captivity such wildlife, we are able to breed them safely and most of the time. returned into the wild to boast their population.

Pet keeping

Wildlife especially the big cat have been known to be adapted as pets for prestigious status. They are seen as symbol to power and fame.

Unfortunately , most wildlife kept as pets are not well taken care of. But rather abused.

To prevent extinction

Wildlife can be subjected to captivity to save its species kind.

Within a confined environment, the animals can be able to improve on their population and studied closely. And as a result saving them from getting extinct.

For tourism purpose

Not everyone will gladly hope into a car and enjoy a safari. Some just want to have wildlife in one place. No hustle to spot them in the wild. Or undergo the long bumpy drives.

Such tourists will prefer enjoy wildlife through captive environment.

Habitat loss and fragmentation

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Effects Of Invasive species To The Ecosystem

Invasive species are species that have been introduced into a new area they have never been to before. They tend to do very well compared to the indigeous species in that particular area. This results to various negative outcomes to the species in the ecosystem.

Are invasive and exotic species similar?

They share some similarities but interact defferently with the ecosystem.

Invasive species can be confused with the exotic species as they are both non-indigenous species. They are both species that have introduced to a new area they arenot native at. Invasive species tend to displace the native species and even alter the entire ecoystem. While the exotic species tend to lend in causing no harm to the native species.

What gives the invasive species an upper hand?

Invasive species have the ability to :
Grow fast
Reproduce rapidly
Adapt easily to a new environment
Withstand different environmental conditions
Wide food preference
Successful dominance
Easily associate with human

So what are the effects of these invasive species?

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What Are Endangered Species

Endangered species are those species considered to be nearly extinct as per the IUCN.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are responsible of categorizing all the world species as per their vulnerability to extinction. They have a Red List that places species into the following categories:

  • Extinct – No species still alive
  • Extinct in the wild – Species that disappeared and only lived in the captivity.
  • Critically endangered – Species with the highest risk of extinction.
  • Endangered species – Species with highest probability of extinction in the wild.
  • Vulnerable – Species with high risk of endangerment in the wild.
  • Near threatened – Species with a possibility of endangerment in the near future.
  • Least Concern – Species with the lowest probability of endangerment.
  • Data deficient – Species that have not been assessed enough to verify their risk towards endangerment.
  • Not evaluated – Species that have never been evaluated.

So what are the factors that lead to endangerment of species?

( Continue reading  What Endangered Species Are)

Wildlife

Wildlife are flora and fauna that are found in the wild. They have not been subjected to domestication. Wildlife does not necessarily restricted to wild animals alone, it includes both the flora and fauna. It is important to note that all species started off as wild. Evolution of mankind led to some of them being domesticated.
Wildlife are grouped into different categories depending on what they consume.
1. Carnivores
These are the one that feed on the other animals for food. They are referred as predators while the animals they hunt, are referred to as prey.
2. Herbivores (Continue reading )