Importance of Wildlife in the Ecology
Wildlife is vital in maintaining the balance of our ecosystem. When we talk about wildlife, we are referring to both plants and animals in their natural habitat but I seek to address the plight of wild animals because today they are among the most endangered species in the world. We need to realize that for a proper balance of an efficient ecosystem there is need to protect the animals and most importantly the places where they live. But that has been had as human population increases and the need to expand the human territory too.
The increasing distribution of the population of humans and the rise of industries has had a significant effect on the environment and the atmosphere. Humans have encroached most places which have been habitats for other species and this has posed many problems especially for the fauna and flora which have been diminishing at a very high rate. There is need for a solution.
Poaching is a big threat to Wildlife
Since I was a kid, I loved animals. I felt a certain attachment to animals especially watching how they respond and act in certain circumstances. I was the one who used to feed our two dogs whenever I was at home and that created a special bond between me and them. I promised myself that I would one day work at a wildlife reserve. That opportunity came after college when I decided that I would dedicate my first two years in volunteering at Lewa Wildlife Conservation in Kenya where I the prospect of interacting with wildlife and specifically rhinos enticed me.
While I worked at a volunteer in Lewa Wildlife Conservation, there were several cases of human-animal conflicts which in most cases brought a lot of stress to the wildlife. There were cases where we would have to fight off poachers who tried to kill the animals for their own selfish gains. There was the need to curb such behavior, but then the fight wasn’t that easy. First of all we realized that there was a cartel behind the poaching activity which involved senior people in the government and corrupt law enforcement officers and other rich business people who made the fight against poaching a futile.
Going after these people was also a big problem because of their position in the country. They were people who could easily influence anything and thus nailing them wasn’t easy. But that didn’t mean that we could just give up. We had to keep on pressuring against such activities and come up with better ways of guarding the animals as we sought to investigate against those involved in the cartel.
Advocating for Wildlife Survival
We were threatened and we always feared for our lives. We knew very well the kind of people that we were dealing with and the intensity of the illegal trade. Given that elephants ivory and rhino horns fetched good money in Asian market, there was no way that we could easily win the war. There seemed no hope in winning such a fight and thus I felt that it was my time to quit prematurely after 1 year of volunteering. I couldn’t live each day while facing threats.
By quitting I didn’t make thing any better. Actually, I considered myself a coward. I didn’t know what to do with the remaining time because I had promised myself to start searching for a job after the two years. I needed to go back to the drawing board and think of a way I could help. That when the idea of becoming a wildlife advocate came into my mind. I thought about it and reasoned that it would be a good idea to help stop wildlife crime.
That when I joined a local movement which was advocating against poaching. We teamed up together to fight the vice and make our voices heard. We targeted to sensitize people about the importance of wildlife in our ecosystem. The task wasn’t an easy one, but at last I had found a voice in which I could raise my concerns. I’m still part of the movement and we often meet to strategize the best ways that we can make people to have respect for wildlife.