Poaching in Africa

Poaching in Africa
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  • End Poaching in Africa
  • Poaching in Africa is a real crisis. Due to poaching, many animals in Africa have become endangered. Zebras are poached for their skin to use for clothing. Now, only about 2000 Grevvy's zebras remain in Africa. There has also been poaching of lions. Because lions have been eating livestock, they have been killed by farmers. The poaching of gorillas is another contributor to the crisis. Infant gorillas have been killed and sold for $40,000. At this point, fewer than 900 mountain gorillas remain in Africa. In addition, elephants have been illegally killed. They are wanted for their ivory to be made into jewelry, kitchen utensils, trinkets and religious figurines. These things that are made are not the same price as an elephants life. Finally, rhinos are poached for use of their horn. A rhino's horn is believed to treat sicknesses like cancer and fever. None of these diseases have been proven to be treated with it. Solutions to this problem include preserving land for these endangered animals by making wildlife corridors that will allow them to move to and from different national parks. Another solution is to train guards to protect these animals with with advanced equipment like Global Positioning System, satellite phones and all-terrain vehicles. What we can do is inform the public and raise awareness about this issue. We can also work with conservation groups and governments to end this awful tragedy in Africa . http://www.awf.org/campaigns/poaching-infographic/
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