How Can We Fix The Devastating Effects of Poaching in South Africa?

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COVID-19, in the world of poaching, has been a blessing in disguise for the Rhinos and Elephants of South Africa. This pandemic has been hard for everyone but with the curfews that have been put in place, the main groups of poachers have not been as active and it is noticeable seeing the numbers go down. Although this is an absolute win, the issue of poaching has not gone away, as the demand for rhino horns and elephant tusks still rises. The largest direct threat to these species are the wildlife criminals. These criminals seek the horns of rhinos as, by weight, they are worth more than cocaine so smugglers go to great lengths in order to get them out of the country. The elephant tusks are used for types of medicine and are smuggled to areas mainly in Asia. There are currently anti-poaching agencies around Africa and organizations working to eliminate these groups of poachers. This is not enough on its own, it takes all of us in order to save these species as they are being hunted and wiped out by people who only care about their personal gain and not the endangerment of these animals.

Poaching is an issue around the globe that cannot be solved overnight. One way that can cut down on the level of poaching is to outlaw the purchase and sale of animal parts and products. This would stop the direct sale of any of these goods cutting off the demand line and forcing them to go underground. This would tighten the grip on the supply chain and cause many poaching groups to run out of options and to move on. Another great option would be to create more, and monitored, national parks that protect the endangered species while not breaking up their habitats. This is not a simple task and would take a lot of pushing on both sides of the fight. When you create a national park you also have to have a wildlife conservation or anti-poaching organization put in charge of keeping the peace in this new protected area. While none of us could really drop everything and go out to join these organizations, there are places where we can get involved and spread awareness to make these issues more known. 








Answer these questions in the comments!

Which animals (if any) have you heard about being poached before reading this?

Are there any other actions that we should look into taking to keep these species as healthy as possible?

Are there any better ways to send aid to South Africa to s ensure the safety of these animals?

 

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4 Comments

4 comments

  1. I have heard about the elephants being poached but never really heard of the Rhinos. It is hard to know that they are being poached also, and can’t imagine how it feels.

    No, but I think people should help spread the word about these anti-poaching agencies to get people who would have known about it, involved.

    People who go to Africa need to be questioned more as to why and maybe set like a border patrol around some of the land where most of the animals live.

  2. Hi Jake. When I think of poaching, I often think of elephants, but also mountain gorillas. Your project makes me curious about who is buying the products that are created as a result of poaching. I would be curious to learn more about where these items are going, possible changes to import/export laws, and also curious about creating job opportunities for people who are now currently surviving on poaching.

  3. I have heard about the poaching of elephants and rhinos. I’m positive that there are other animals who are poached but aren’t as known as elephants and rhinos.
    I think that we should have volunteers designated to watching the endangered animals 24/7, which is probably already a thing.
    I don’t know if sending more aid to Africa would help a ton but maybe more precautions surrounding border patrol would help.

  4. I’ve heard of rhinos being poached but didn’t know elephants were as well. As far as the steps that need to be taken in order to ensure their safety, I think we need to try to convince poachers that killing these animals for sport is not the way to go. It’s a stretch, but I think I can be done eventually. I also think health programs that involve volunteers would be a good option for providing the animals with care if they seemed injured.

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