Can Private Conservation Contribute to Species Survival?
With conservation groups attending an illegal wildlife trafficking symposium in London this week, and the US announcing its National Strategy on Wildlife Trafficking here at home, animal rights activists are using the opportunity to blur the lines between legal and illegal wildlife trade. Nevertheless, whether it is creating economic value for species preservation within local African communities, incenting captive breeding as a conservation safety net, or raising money for anti-poaching efforts, private commercial activity is an economic engine driving significant contributions toward the conservation of some of Africa’s most charismatic megafauna. Poachers for rhino horns, ivory and asian medicine markets are the true enemies, not legal hunting activities and captive breeding programs.
Africa is proving to be a more and more difficult arena in which to affect real conservation. No…
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