Thursday, May 16, 2013

Africa's Poaching Crisis


As a huge conservationist and environmentalist it really breaks my heart to see what's happening to a lot of these animals I grew up to love. 

Some tough statistics:

  • The black rhino's population is down 97.6% since 1960
  • African elephants may be extinct in ten years
  • There are fewer than 900 mountain gorillas left
  • The lion is currently extinct in 7 different countries in Africa
  • Grevy'z Zebra: approximately 700 remain
These numbers are so sad and terrible  Why is this happening?   The answer is really for things that no one needs.  Things like jewelry, perfume and for some, poor and uneducated countries, because they think it cures cancer.  Stupid, stupid people.

There is hope though.  This information is from the source of the African Wildlife Foundation-a really great organization who is doing everything in their power to save these creatures; yet they need your help.  

Click on this link here for the African Wildlife Foundation's page on this issue and do what you can to help today.

Thank you.

-Clark the Shark

UPDATE 2/18/2014: Rob Portman, a Republican, is a U.S. senator from Ohio and he wrote this piece for CNN.com:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/08/opinion/portman-elephants/ 

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