Wild animal preservation - Are people as concerned as they should be?
December 4, 2006 2:28pm CST
Should people be more concerned about preserving the wild parts of nature than they are? When I visited East Africa in 1977, I was able to visit a "game farm" which was an enclosed area for wild animal preservation. Poaching and hunting in general had been banned at that point and the animals within the preserve were protected. Still, you are always hearing stories on TV or in magazines about elephants and lions and other animals being hunted for profit. Animals are still in danger. Even zoos and preserves are not taking care of them very well. These "protected" animals are often in poor health and live in sparse conditions. If we lose the wild parts of our earth, not just in Africa, but everywhere, it's going to throw off the balance of nature. Eventually human beings will suffer too. No one seems to know how to do more or be more aggressive in solving these problems, it's very scary.
6 Dec 06
I too have been lucky enough to visit East Africa, sometime in the 80's I think! We visited a game reserve which was also an enclosed area for animal preservation. There were rangers who patrolled the huge area for poachers, hunters etc, but over such a huge area I'm not sure what the animal losses were, but there must have been some. I don't like zoo's very much, they do try over here in Australia to provide a suitable environment for the animals, but there can never be as much space compared to wild conditions. At least they aren't kept in cages any more. I wonder how many species of animals are becoming extinct every day. It makes you think, in the food chain, even though we are at the top, something is going to change because of creatures disappearing further down the chain. It is scary.