Man’s efforts to protect endangered animals

Man’s efforts to protect endangered animals

There are a huge number of animals that are listed as endangered that are surviving in the world today. Some of these have a high profile like the panda and the Blue fin tuna, yet there are many others that are in danger of disappearing.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature there are 3079 animals that are listed at being at risk. Now considering many scientists claim that there are a number of animals yet to be discovered in certain remote ecosystems, this figure is the minimum number and many animals are likely to disappear before they are even discovered.

Walrus ivory hunted by indigenous people is legal

Walrus ivory hunted by indigenous people is legal
Walrus ivory hunted by indigenous people is legal

There are a number of ways that the animals can be protected. The most obvious method is to use international laws to protect certain species outlawing the culling of certain animals. This has certainly been the case with the hunting of whales. Since 1986 there has been a ban on whaling yet countries such as Japan have got around this by hunting the creature for scientific purposes. There is similar confusion with the ivory trade. Ivory can be extracted from a number of different animals. The Walrus, the elephant and the rhinoceros are all animals that produce this valuable ornament and most of these animals have been reduced in numbers over the years, as man has tried economically benefit from selling the ivory.

While most countries totally ban elephant ivory trade some countries such as the UK allow trade on ivory that has been produced before 1947. There is similar confusion with the walrus ivory. Indigenous people in the arctic are allowed to hunt and farm ivory yet other people are not. However, if a visitor finds ivory on a beach they are allowed to collect it.

Elephants together in Faro Park

Elephants together in Faro Park
Elephants together in Faro Park

Individual governments try to take responsibility for protecting their endangered species by creating conservation areas. Many countries work with international agencies to successfully manage these areas. This is certainly the case with the African Wildlife foundation who work with different African countries protecting endangered species.

In Cameroon the AWF has helped the government create the 3,300 square km Faro Park. This is home to significant numbers of elephants, hippopotamus, cheetahs, giraffe and Lion. The main target is to protect the animals from poachers and to stop a repeat of the 2012 massacre of elephants by Sudanese poachers in other areas of Cameroon.

A Sun City Casino close to the Pilanesberg Game reserve

A Sun City Casino close to the Pilanesberg Game reserve
A Sun City Casino

In South Africa many of the visitors to the Pilanesberg Game reserve stay in the gambling resort of Sun City. The reserve is the largest one in southern Africa with Lions, Tigers, elephants, rhinoceros and giraffe all roaming freely. The successful implementation of using tourism as a way of funding the protection of these wild animals is a good illustration of how local communities can help the conservationists’ policies while at the same time benefit economically. The attraction of being able to visit the casino in the evenings is an added draw for people visiting the region. However, this is not as strong an attraction as it once was. The availability of on-line gambling on sites such as pokerstarscasino.com means that people can still play in the luxury of their hotel room virtually anywhere in the world, without having to leave their room.

The other ways governments are helping endangered species is by creating parks that attempt to maintain the natural ecosystem. Some species are hunted to the verge of extinction yet others are threatened as a result of their natural environments being taken away from them.

Rare old growth temperate forest on Vancouver Island

This is especially true on Vancouver Island in Canada which is home to some of the rarest temperate coastal rainforests in the world. These forests provide the perfect habitat for the Painted Turtle and the Sharp-tailed snake which are now endangered. The creation of the parks has attempted to combine opening the park to more people while at the same time protecting the ecosystem from deforestation.

Rare old growth temperate forest on Vancouver Island
Rare old growth temperate forest on Vancouver Island

Allowing people into rare ecosystems is one of the best way to protect endangered animals as it educates them. Making the general public aware of the numbers of animals that are threatened and the simple things that everyone can do to help the situation, is a large step in a countries conservation policies. Many animals are put in danger by global warming which results in the loss of their natural habitats, so individual people can make a difference in the way they live their lives. Buying sustainable products and recycling where possible would go a long way to slowing down global warming if every household do it.

People can also make a difference by knowing if there are any endangered species surviving in their local area. Once knowing of any the educating friends and acquaintances about their location and the needs they may have. A lot of the problems that many species suffer from is the general public’s ignorance about their plight. There is a constant battle to protect endangered species and the most successful way to do this is to use a variety of policies. Educating the world about different species plight is an important stage and once local communities become involved in protecting their own animals the results are far more effective.