The average person cannot lobby foreign governments to criminalise the ivory trade, nor can they gallivant around Africa, pitchforks raised, in an attempt to fight poachers off (although one of the founders of environmental group Earth Organisation, Lawrence Anthony, did persuade the notorious rebel outfit, the Lord's Resistance Army, to help protect the northern white rhino). However that does not mean that nothing can be done to help. Dr Paula Kahumbu, CEO of WildlifeDirect, notes that one of the best ways to deter poachers is to visit the game reserves and national parks. The more people in the parks, the more eyes there are, and poachers are much less likely to hunt animals in the company of those who loathe them. Furthermore, as mentioned before, money talks – with more people visiting safari parks there is more money to support ranger patrols and keep poachers away.
If things continue the way they are then we will likely see the extinction of some of the world's greatest creatures, indeed in a recent speech Prince William noted that at the current rate the African elephant would be extinct by the time his daughter, Princess Charlotte, is 25. Here at Frontier this is something we are trying are hardest to prevent, and we have numerous projects across Africa which volunteers can join and help out at. The wildlife of Africa needs you now more than ever, so head over and make your presence felt.
By Alistair Ross - Online Journalism Intern
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