GUEST POST: What Can You Do To Aid The Conservation of Wildlife in Africa
Guest Post & photograph by Wim van den Heever, a professional wildlife photographer based in South Africa and owner of Tusk Photo.
Whilst conservation is helping massively in every corner of the globe, there is still much to be done in order to protect the most fragile life forms. Every action you take towards helping any species, whether they're threatened or critically endangered, can work wonders in prolonging their existence.
Africa is home to many species that are facing extinction. Resources can at times be scarce which can exacerbate the problem for local people and wildlife creating problems such as deforestation. With our simple guide you can make a difference to the conservation of wildlife in Africa, some even from the comfort of you couch!
Below are a few ways you can make a difference and aid the conservation of wildlife:
- Community projects such as educating children about the environment can help decrease rates of poaching and inspire the local community to care for their natural heritage.
- Community conservancies are also a popular way to aid communities in wildlife management and protect livestock belonging to pastoralists.
- Joining forces with others and volunteering your time allows you to help out in projects both national and internationally. Non-profit organisations always need a helping hand in training, feeding and saving animals in danger.
2. Adoption and Rehabilitation
- Adopting an animal is another way of showing support for a wildlife conservation charity. By adopting an animal in Africa you are helping fund conservation projects, community collaboration and the monitoring of threats towards these animals.
- Volunteering at wildlife centers like DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage is another way to be involved in wildlife conservation and get hands on experience assisting with animal care.
3. Shop your Support
- Most online checkouts offer a donation page to a selected charity, an increasing number of which are wildlife related! They generally ask for a few extra pennies on top of your purchase to go towards a great cause.
- You can also support wildlife charities through signing up for your local supermarket card. In South Africa, you can link your Woolworths supermarket card to a scheme called MySchool and sign up for free to a charity of your choice including wildlife organisations like DAKTARI! It costs nothing to sign up and funds are given back to the charity on your behalf so it is a win-win for everyone!
4. Live and Buy Responsibly
- By purchasing cruelty-free products you can make a small difference in ending demand for wildlife trafficking for profitable enterprises
- If you eat meat, source locally to ensure you know what you're purchasing and that it hasn't funded the demise of an endangered animal.
Wim van den Heever is a professional wildlife photographer based in South Africa and owner of Tusk Photo, who has had an ever growing interest in image-making and nature since a young age. His work is internationally published in the likes of BBC Wildlife and National Geographic. His ranges of safari tours are designed to show the beauty of African landscapes at their finest.