Why is the Poaching of Endangered Animals so Detrimental to Wildlife in Africa?

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Explanation of Topic:

This topic is insanely important to me and this issue of animals going extinct happens all over the world, but mostly in SSA, where more than half the world’s poaching occurs and it is due to the unusual and special animals that live there. Poachers are killing animals for their ivory or tusks and/or to straight up just sell. Poaching is just many of the reasons animals go extinct, some other reasons are climate change, especially the burning of fossil fuels. Also pollution is a major harm to many animals as pollution releases chemicals, heat, and noise to the environment which is beyond the power to absorb them. In addition cutting down forests is another big cause of extinction, because so many animals are losing their habitats, and there are so many more that we could help and make a change. So many animals are struggling to stay alive, and currently over 31 thousand animals are being threatened with extinction. 

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Explanation of Topic:

This topic is insanely important to me and this issue of animals going extinct happens all over the world, but mostly in SSA, where more than half the world’s poaching occurs and it is due to the unusual and special animals that live there. Poachers are killing animals for their ivory or tusks and/or to straight up just sell. Poaching is just one of the reasons animals go extinct, some other reasons are climate change, especially the burning of fossil fuels. Also, pollution is a major harm to many animals as pollution releases chemicals, heat, and noise to the environment which is beyond the power to absorb them. In addition, cutting down forests is another big cause of extinction, because so many animals are losing their habitats, and there are so many more that we could help and make a change. So many animals are struggling to stay alive, and currently, over 31 thousand animals are being threatened with extinction. 

 

Solution:

  • Supporting/ donating to groups that help stop poaching. And if you can’t donate, tell people around you. 
  • Carpool or drive to school/work with a neighbor, and by doing this you are releasing less pollution into the environment. 
  • -Maybe try to walk or bike more, and limit and reduce the number of trips you take in your car.
  • Also avoid burning leaves, trash, and any other material that would reals bad chemicals into our environment.
  • If possible try to reduce the number of times you use your fireplace or woodstove. 
  • Reduce water waste! 
  • You could invest in energy-efficient appliances
  • Be precise when you’re at the store, and only get the food you know you will eat! You can always go back, but according to NRDC, “Approximately 10 percent of U.S. energy use goes into growing, processing, packaging, and shipping food—about 40 percent of which just winds up in the landfill. “If you’re wasting less food, you’re likely cutting down on energy consumption,”.
  • Recycle!
  • Use less paper
  • Plant a tree!
  • Use recycled products 
  • And finally, there is so much more, but the biggest thing is to speak up! Tell everyone and share ways and tips to help, and tell them to pass it along as well.

 

 


Feedback:

Thank you so much, and thank you for reading through my topic of Endangered animals in Africa and what the solutions are. I hope you enjoyed and found some things interesting, and hope together we can make a change to help poachers stop! If you don’t mind I have prepared a google form and would love to hear any questions you have for me!

 

 

Works Cited:

“African Animals: How Endangered Are They? (Infographic).” African Conservation Experience, 23 Mar. 2018, www.conservationafrica.net/blog/endangered-african-animals-infographic/.

“Africa’s Poaching Crisis.” AWF, campaign.awf.org/poaching-infographic/.

Foundation, CK-12. “12 Foundation.” CK,         www.ck12.org/book/cbse_biology_book_class_xii/section/19.3/.

Hall, Jani. “Poaching Animals, Facts and Information.” Animals, National Geographic, 10 Feb. 2021, www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/poaching-animals. 

Hou, Chia-Yi. “Wildlife Trade 101.” NRDC, 16 July 2020, www.nrdc.org/stories/wildlife-trade-101. 

SheldrickTrust. “About Elephants: Elephant Conservation & Protection.” Sheldrick Wildlife Trust,   2020, www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/about/species-we-protect-elephants. 

“THE 17 GOALS | Sustainable Development.” United Nations, United Nations, sdgs.un.org/goals. 




 







 

 

 



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4 Comments

4 comments

  1. Hey Olivia!
    I really enjoyed reading through your project, I also love animals and think this topic is so important. I learnt so many things from your project. One specific thing I learnt was that there is approximately only 1000 Mountain Gorillas remaining! The solutions you have listed are really helpful and I am definitely going to try walk more places now. Are there any specific groups that help stop poaching that you would recommend donating to? Also, I tried to take the google form, but it said I needed permission! One thing I would recommend is having a quick look over your project as there are a few places with empty text boxes! If these are not needed perhaps consider deleting them to help the page look a bit neater!
    You have done such an amazing job of bringing an important topic to people’s knowledge. I have learnt so many things from this project so well done!!

  2. Good Job

  3. Hey Olivia! Such an amazing job! Your info graphics look amazing. I didn’t know the extent to animal extinction. That makes me so sad. I’m going to start carpooling with you. What time do you like to leave for school?

  4. Hi Olivia,
    I love your project it is really interesting to me! What made you want to explore this topic?

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