The Poaching Problems Facing Mozambique
Mozambique is one of the world’s richest lands. It’s boasting exceptional biodiversity, with over 15 different land habitats. This includes endangered coastal forest. The relentless efforts of poachers are endangering many of the countries wildlife.
Over the course of the past 40 years, 70% of the wildlife in Mozambique has been lost.
In 7 years, Mozambique’s Elephant population has declined by 48%. This is due to the effects of violent poaching. Therefore, killing over 11,000 Elephants in that period.
The threat of poaching continues to rise. It is putting wildlife and entire species in danger. If something is not done soon, animals such as the African Elephant, Black Rhinoceros and the Cape Wild Dog will be gone forever.
This is why Saving The Survivors expansion into Mozambique is so important and with support from our followers WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Why do poachers kill animals?
Poaching is the act of illegally hunting an animal. This is usually done for financial gain or bushmeat. Many different African species are at threat from poaching, having an impact on population numbers.
Elephants are particularly at risk of poaching due to the demand for their ivory tusks. This demand is predominately on asian markets for ivory trinkets.
Rhinos also face significant threats from poachers. There is high demand for their horn on many Asian markets, with uses in medicine and as symbols of high status. This is despite their horns being the same material as our fingernails, keratin.
Pangolins are also at risk of poaching, being the worlds most trafficked mammal. Pangolins alone account for 20% of the worlds illegal wildlife trade. This is due to their hard scales being sought after for Asian medicines and as luxury items.
How can I fight the war on poaching?
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