What’s happening in Lake #Nakuru? #Elephant numbers have dropped massively recently from #poaching #illegal trade #deforestation. @WinnieCheche: “We need more people to get into #wildlife #conservation. More people 2 fight for their survival!”Tweet
The mass death of elephants in the Okavango Delta
A few days ago, we got the sad news of the elephants that died in the Okavango delta. They were in a bigger worrying number, as a result of something we are yet to be informed.
This is a blow to all of us, especially Africa as we have been trying to keep these gentle giants alive.
Poaching and illegal ivory trade have taken them away from us in big numbers, And we have been doing our best to stop this.
So far poaching has been ruled out, as the tusks were found intact on the dead elephants.
Mass death of buffalos in Lake Nakuru National Park due to anthrax outbreak
A while back, we also witnessed the mass death of buffalos in the Lake Nakuru National Park. Which was confirmed to have been caused by an outbreak of anthrax.
Luckily, we have always had a good population of buffaloes in this park. So the species bounced back in a short time.
What happens if species are already declining?
Poaching and illegal trade indeed lowered the elephant populations. And the need for space by growing Africa almost closed off the corridors and made space scarce commodity to the jumbos.
This provides unfavorable conditions to an already at-risk species to recover from just blows. Hence needs all the attention and help to bounce back.
We have been losing wildlife species in the wild at an alarming rate, whereby it only takes them a few years to disappear if nothing is done urgently.
We almost lost sitatungas in Kenya as communities encroached their habitat and hunted them. But through education and awareness, we were able to rehabilitate their home. And in response, their population bounced back.
Mass extinction is here with us and if we fail to address issues promoting it, we will lose wildlife faster than we think.
We need more people to indulge in wildlife conservation and preservation. We need more people to fight for their well being and survival. To be seen as part of society and not only as a source of tourism revenue.