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Wildlife Poaching


How can we mitigate the long term effects of poaching and support the future of wildlife?

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Poaching naturally is another huge threat; with the reduction of 50% in the lion population and with the loss of 86 elephant per day in Africa and three rhino per day; this is naturally unsustainable and we are faced with the stark reality that if we do not stem this flow to countries such as China, Korea and Vietnam, that the only opportunity of seeing these species in 35 year’s time, will be in some form of sanctuary.

This is a horrifying, sobering thought! Wonderful news is that China placed a ban on the sale of carved ivory trinkets from the end of last year. The move follows a resolution at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) in South Africa in October. China has the biggest ivory market in the world - some estimates suggest 70% of the world's trade ends up there. In addition, as human populations increase and place untold pressures on the local wildlife areas, the inevitable result of human-wildlife conflicts arise and perpetuate.

We have built wildlife corridors through several regions to try and channel wildlife away from the villages, in an effort to protect their crops. GPS collars on lions feed vital information of their whereabouts, allowing us to advise the local villagers so they can protect both their livestock and their families.

We have also been involved with initiatives whereby bee hives are erected around crops, which not only deter elephants (who have an incredibly thin epidermis), but it also provides both income and food for the local people. Therefore, it is more crucial now than ever for each of us to consider the ramifications and effects of our travel and how we each can help in our small way.

At The Explorations Company, for the last 29 years, we have been assisting a number of philanthropic projects each year, both wildlife and community led. We have been introducing our clients not only to the most extraordinary areas in which we operate, but we have also been inspiring them, by sending them out with scientific researchers into various areas, where they have had the privilege and the thrill, to go out and collar lions, giraffe, zebra, wild dog and rhino, knowing that they have made an indelible difference to the environment they have just visited and the future survival of these species.

Surely, that is travelling not only with your heart, but with your head too!

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