Although some African countries have initiated African elephant conservation programs, many do not have the sufficient resources to properly manage, conserve and protect their elephant’s populations. Unfortunately, we are possibly undergoing “the greatest percentage loss of elephants in history” (Ruggiero). Without the proper conservation of elephant survival we will see a drastic shift in the environment. Due to lack of the lack of management and resources in the conservation programs has led to a further increase in poaching which has triggered to drastic decline in elephant populations. According to the Huffington post, a reputable news source, it reports, “an estimated 22,000 elephants were illegally killed across Africa in 2012”.
Madison Jones ENG 102-BC07 Ms. Keltz 2/13/14 The elephant population is struggling to keep its species alive. Poaching is causing more deaths and causing the decrease in population than natural deaths would be. Because of this, there are less than 500,000 left in the world and they could potentially go extinct within 15 years if nothing is done to save and protect them(Herrington 5). Before, there were millions of elephants around the world but there has been a drastic decline worldwide. In 1980 there were over one million elephants, by 1989 more than 600,000 elephants were killed(Christ 32).
As poaching increases, due to Asian medicinal practices among other reasons, the rhino population rapidly declines. The loss of white rhino’s in particular sways the equilibrium of the rhino ecosystem, effecting natural order. Poaching is seen as “awful” compared to that of
Without these elephants dead trees would take up many miles of that that could be houses sheltering the poor population of Africa. Elephants are an endangered species and they should not be killed for their ivory or they will become extinct. In the article The Poaching Problem the author writes” elephant populations have declined to dangerously low levels.” At the rate that poachers are killing these innocent animal the entire species of elephants will be extinct in the year 2030! That is only twenty five years, I know that does not seem like a long time but it is going to go by fast and every one will regret killing all those poor innocent gentle creatures. In case study 483 they author writes “ During the 1970s and 1980s elephant poaching had included about 1.3 million elephants killed for their tusks.” It is hard to distinguish between legal and illegal ivory so it is sold easily.
The dispute between humans and wildlife is just beginning and there are many more obstructions to be engendered. Alongside these discordant events toward wildlife, in Zimbabwe illegal hunting, fueled by the global appetite for ivory, has put Africa’s idyllic giants at risk of extinction. The world’s avarice for ivory have put investors towards doing anything it takes to make ivory, resulting in a significant drop in elephant population. For instance, the effects of the illegal trade of ivory have put thousands of elephants to death, and leading to the annihilation of some species of
Their plight is due to loss of habitat ad poaching. Amur Leopard - The Amur leopard comes from East Russia, Korea and Northeast China. They are the rarest big cat in the world and are “critically endangered”. There is only 30-40 left in the world. Sadly, many beautiful animals on this planet are on the verge of extinction.
In the late 1980’s and early 90’s the demand for elephant tusk went up tremendously. The population declined so much that the species was named most endangered. To help protect the elephants, since the numbers were declining, the WWF opened up another conservation. This allowed the elephants to get their population numbers back to where they were originally. Even though the conservations allowed the elephants to rebuild their population, it still didn’t prevent
An estimated number of 500,000 4 rhinos were roaming across Africa and Asia at the beginning of the 20th century, however this number declined to 70,000 4 by 1970 and down to 29,000 4 rhinos in the wild r... ... middle of paper ... ...hen grounded into powder for later use. However a criticism of this is that poacher do not care for the wellbeing of those who they horns are being traded to. This procedure will make a large number seriously ill. On the other hand this is the way this solution is intended to work. It will make the buyers very ill thus decreasing the demand for rhino horn trading. Solution The solely dehorning rhinos cannot and will not protect rhinos from poachers as there are too many other factors which will still mean that rhinos are poached such as poachers killing dehorned rhinos for the trunks of the horns.
Besides that even construction and agriculture take the homes away from gorillas that were especially set aside. For these reasons’ gorillas are disappearing rapidly and must be taken care of. The western lowland gorilla is listed as an endangered species. Others are Eastern lowland, and Mountain Gorilla. A population of endangered gorillas living in a national park in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has dropped fifty percent because of rebels, says the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society.
The number of White Rhinos are so scarce that even the killing of one- thousand is a huge blow to the delicate and slowly increasing population. It is truly disappointing that such a majestic species is being sacrificed due to the high demand of their rare tusks.