Some of the Africa’s Most Endangered Animals

Africa is among the richest continent in terms of fauna. Unfortunately some of animals are at the edge of extinction due to human economic activity and greed. We can still see some critically endangered and endangered species while on a safari in Africa.

Different African governments where these animals live are taking appropriate steps to save these animals.

Rothschild’s Giraffe
Rothschild’s giraffe is a standout amongst the most endangered giraffe subspecies, with just a few hundred individuals left in the wild. All of those living in the wild are protected areas in Kenya and Uganda. Today you will find around 700 Rothschild’s giraffes in wild. Poaching, Populace isolation, habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict are the major dangers to these amazing animals.

chipanzees-africaLike humans, chimpanzees are highly social animals, look after their young ones for quite a long time and can live to be more than 50. Actually, chimpanzees are our closest cousins; we share around 98% of our genes.

In their environment in the jungles of east and central Africa, chimpanzees spend most of their days in the tree tops. When they do come down to earth, chimpanzees normally move on all fours, however they can walk on their legs like people as far as a mile. They use sticks to get termites out of mounds and bunch of leaves to sop up drinking water.

Currently there are around 150,000 in the wild. They are regionally extinct in Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin and Gambia.

African Wild Dog
The African wild dog is a canid local to Sub-Saharan Africa. It is the largest of its family in Africa, and the only surviving member of the genus Lycaon, which is recognized from Canis by its less toes and dentition, which is highly specialized for a hypercarnivorous diet. It is classed as endangered by the IUCN, as it has vanished from much of its original range. Currently there are over 3,000 to 5,500 African wild dogs. You will find these animals in southern African countries like Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. Disease outbreaks, habitat fragmentation, human persecution, and conflict with humans are threatening their existence.

African Penguin
These animals are found in the south western coast of Africa on 24 islands Algoa bay and Namibia, east of the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. Currently there are only over 52000 nature animals and their population is declining rapidly.

Grevy’s Zebra
Grevy’s zebra also known as the imperial zebra is the largest and among the most endangered zebra species. You won’t find more than 2,000 Grevy’s zebras on the planet earth today. They live in northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia. Reduced water sources, Habitat degradation, hunting, diseases, loss from overgrazing and competition for natural resources are killing them.

The Best way to Discover Tanzania

mangabey-monkey-udzungwa-mountainsThe Northern Game Parks in Tanzania are well known for the wildlife migration which proceeds with its yearly cycle through the Serengeti National Park and the Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya. Lake Manyara offers the rare chance to find tree climbing lions and a range of experience activities from the cliff neglecting the lake.

Tanzania is turning out to be significantly checked out and deservedly so, however there is significantly more to Tanzania than the Northern Circuit of parks. Most tour operators need to incorporate the Great Migration as it is so amazing and it is the world’s last making it through fabulous migration. There is an issue that the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park and Kilimanjaro have ended up being popular to the point that drastic steps are being taken to divert people elsewhere in Tanzania.

Tanzania has quite a lot more to offer than just the Serenegei National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. In the remote and almost unattainable Western Tanzania is the amazing Katavi National Park. This park is magnificent, remote and astonishing.

There is also the Selous Game Reserve in the southern part of the country and this wildlife reserve is huge and remote, albeit more easily accessible than Katavi. The wildlife in this reserve is really wild as they have not had chance to become habituated to people and safari vehicles. The safari lodges right here are couple of and fantastic quality and they give a game safari along the marvelous Rufiji River. From this game reserve there is a short air travel to Mafia Island which gives a remote Island vacation with awesome diving and protected white beaches.

For the vigorous there is the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, this is a national park that gloats no roads and great tropical rainforest. This park was established mostly to protect the flora instead of animals.

There are West and East Usambara Mountains where the world’s loved flower the African violet was found. Saadani Bay is the place the bush satisfies the sea, lions and elephants have really been found on the beach, a really amazing experience along the East African Coast.

The list could go on. Tanzania offers a lot you could invest a life time exploring this corner of East Africa. This country has a variety of mysteries and contradictions. To discover it, to consume in the rich culture and varied landscapes includes moving the country, not racing from one area to another. To do this will prompt safari tiredness. Choose reasonably and take as much time as necessary to discover, slowly is the only technique to enjoy and come to know, just a little, the magic that is Tanzania.

Go on Safari in Africa to help stop Poaching

elephant-poachingAs tourist numbers in east and southern Africa fall due to terrorism fears, local incomes and anti-poaching patrols drop too – which is when the poachers step in

Read the Foreign Office advice on travel to Kenya and you’d be forgiven for keeping away from the spot altogether. Words like terrorism, theft, hijacking and violence are splattered through it such as bullets. Despite the fact that this counsel alludes to the coast and Somali border, the whole nation is suffering. According to the government statistics, British tourist numbers have dropped by more than a third since 2012 (from 185,976 to 117,201 in 2014).

A tour guide for a certain Kenya based Tour Company, says: “If the tourists don’t go on tours, there is no one watching over wildlife in parks and local people don’t get paid. Then poachers use that chance.”

Goldstein was stunned last November to find an Elephant killed with its tusks removed by poachers, in the Maasai Mara National Park: this would have been inconceivable a year before.

Proving a connection between the drop in tourists and rise in poaching is difficult, however the fact that the presence of visitors, help protect wildlife what something Zimbabwe learned in the most difficult way possible when the nation slid into economic crisis between 2003 – 2008 and tourists stopped arriving in the country. Poaching for meat, and cash, took off. Makonzi Mike of African Jungle Adventures Ltd, who runs safaris there says he saw the heavy price paid by wild animals: “When people are hungry, they don’t care about wildlife conservation. The wildlife gets left being taken care of by poorly motivated and badly equipped bureaucrats.”

During the time when Tanzania shut its border with Kenya between 1977 and 1983, tourists to the Serengeti National Park dropped from 70,000 a year to about 10,000. The loss in government revenue brought on a 60% decrease in anti-poaching patrols and hence a rapid increase in poaching. Rhinos where killed, elephant numbers dropped and meat poaching soar. Same things are currently happening in northern part of Mozambique, where the government supported survey has assessed that half of the nation’s elephants (almost 10,000) have been unlawfully killed in the past five years.
Like many in the tourism business, Mike thinks Kenya’s conservancy activity is its brightest hope. This has seen large areas of Kenya protected by small landowners

In the same way that others in the safari industry, Butcher believes Kenya’s conservation work is his great hope. This has seen vast areas of Kenya protected by small landowners promising land in communal protection zones. Franchisees Safari Camps pay the landowners according to the number of visitors they take. “Communities put aside land for wildlife since it is financially to their greatest advantage,” says Boucher. “However, without tourists, poachers give incentives.”

A report in March by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) highlighted the lack of information on the economic value of wildlife tourism in Africa, yet surveyed information from 48 government bodies and 145 tour companies from 31 African nations and concluded that poaching “threatened the tourism industry’s long term maintainability”. Be that as it may, only 50% of the tour operators were directly anti poaching activities or participating in conservation projects.

Encouraging them and receiving many visitors backup is important. Jonathan Scott, who presents the BBC’s Big Cat Diary and has lived in Kenya for a long time, says: “If the world is serious about prevent poaching, we need those visitor dollars.”