There are currently several local and international charities that have been formed by environmentally conscious groups in most countries due to the threat to wildlife man had effected due to changes to the environment. This has always been a case such as with endangered species, some of which have been brought back from the brink with captive breeding programs such as the American Bison which was almost wiped out of it’s home range but has now returned to better numbers enough to take it off the endangered list. Many such efforts have been successful when conducted in developed countries but conservation for a developing or third world country is a totally different matter. They may either not have the political might to reserve money for such programs or that there is no promise of financial gain that businesses rarely engage in the said activities.
Tis’ true that big businesses sponsor and donate regularly but that may not even be enough for a proper environmental preservation/conservation program. Environmentalists have long accepted the fact that they way is to convince the people who live within the area itself where these creatures reside in and into which their habitats have been encroached on to become the best approach for it to succeed. Conservation efforts in Malaysia for example have the Orangutan considered to be protected but poachers who just happen to be locals still continue to hunt and trade them illegally on the world market. Zoos have been forced to take alternative steps in their acquisition of animals for their exhibits for they were once determined to be the primary reasons for the extinction of some species in the first place.
The world needs to accept that we are the only creatures on this earth that has the capacity to destroy and rebuild what nature has taken millions upon millions of years to create and awareness is the key along with the promotion of a better understanding of the implications of a species being wiped out off the face of the earth. We should all pitch in our own little ways to help natural environments remain as they are without impacting the animals and plant life that resided within. The Amazon which is the largest untouched natural area on this earth is disappearing at the rate which would have it wiped out in as little time as it takes for the next generation to become aware of its existence.
Originally posted on February 9, 2008 @ 8:55 am