Africa is losing its wildlife at an unprecedented rate. Last year alone, over 1,200 rhinos were killed by poachers who sought their valued horns. Lion numbers have declined by 95% over the last 50 years, from an estimated 350,000 to as few as 25,000, and an elephant is being killed every 15 minutes.
In an attempt to combat the onslaught, wildlife conservation organisations from around the globe have flocked to Africa. Whether they seek to protect animals through anti-poaching units like SANParks, or move animals to safety like Rhinos Without Borders, each organisation has the common goal of protecting Africa’s wildlife for future generations to come.
Last year, at 16 years of age, I discovered my passion for wildlife conservation. I decided to team up with Rhinos Without Borders, an initiative that is set to move 100 rhino from high-poaching areas in South Africa to safe-havens in Botswana, to help raise funds and awareness for their noble cause. I spent much of my time on social media, raising awareness, hosting fundraisers, and finding new and innovative ways to help in conservation.
Through my efforts, I found that one of the biggest challenges facing conservation organisations is the difficulty in expanding who it is that they reach out to. You see, there is a set community of those who have an interest in the protection of Africa’s wildlife but, beyond that, few are informed as to what is happening. What does a doctor in Texas or a lawyer in the UK know about wildlife conservation? And that is exactly what I have set out to find out.
In an effort to assist conservationists in expanding their base, I am studying how different demographics vary in terms of knowledge of conservation issues, and how those obtain the knowledge that they have. As part of this study, I have created a survey for people across the world to fill out.
What I am asking each and everyone of you to do is to take five minutes out of your time to take this survey. Conservationists need as much information as they can get to inform the world of the dire situation that is going on. Thank you for your help and for your assistance in wildlife conservation.
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