Thursday, 16 May 2013

Dwindling African Game

There is a major crisis brewing under Africa's skin and if we don't act fast we will be faced with dire consequences that will leave us in an irreversible and  heartbreaking situation. Africa's game is dwindling fast and there are many factors that are creating this problem, unfortunately they all seem very difficult to control.

Africa's climate is changing. The growth of deserts and the destruction of forests is causing a great disturbance within the animal kingdom. Habitats that are destroyed force animals to adapt or die. Many of them, for example the African Elephant are threatened as their habitat and food is being destroyed to make room for human developments. Many animals are not breeding leaving a huge gap in the next generation. They are changing their migration patterns or disturbingly just dying out. According to Anthony Nyong, a professor of environmental science at the University of Jos in Nigeria, “Climate change could undo even the little progress most African countries have achieved so far in terms of development.”

Read more on the Rhino poaching problem in South Africa
Image from African Point

Poaching in the last 20 years slipped under the radar and now that the problem has been uncovered, we see that our animals are on the verge of being destroyed. There is a colossal catastrophe in South Africa with almost a wipe out in Rhinos. With almost 2 Rhinos being poached a day and stories of entire elephant populations being poached for ivory, there is a massive need for this bloodshed to end.

With the change in animal life and plant life Africa could face consequences that will be irreversible. Africa received a lot of its annual income through tourism. If there is nothing left to attract tourists, there will be a massive withdrawal from the continent. More worrying, the extinction of these animals will cause an imbalance in the eco-system which will be very hard to reconcile. 

The destruction of one part will lead to an avalanche of destruction throughout the African game as well as plant population, and finally leading to us. If humans continue living as though there are no serious consequences for this behaviour we are on a one way track to a very different African continent to the one we know today. 

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