Target: Werner Myburgh, CEO of the Peace Parks Foundation
Goal: Stop elephant poaching in Africa’s Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area.
Elephants are being wiped out at a shocking rate by poachers in a conservation area that has been known as an elephant haven until now. The Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area in southwestern Zambia was thought to be one of the last territories where African elephants still lived in abundance. However, recent findings from the Great Elephant Census have exposed it as the location of “the worst poaching of any major savanna elephant population” with an estimated 95 percent drop in elephant numbers according to National Geographic.
The conservation area is popular for poachers because it is largely isolated from human activity, with tourism and research discouraged in order to preserve the habitat. As a result, it is easy for poachers to operate without discovery as the area is mostly unmonitored. Kavang-Zambezi’s location is also ideal because the region overlaps Angola, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, meaning that poachers can easily escape law enforcement by crossing international borders.
Elephants in the area are threatened not only by poachers but by habitat loss as well. Illegal logging is a problem throughout Africa, and the clear-cutting of teak forests is occurring at an alarming scale in the park. As a result, many of the area’s elephants have migrated to different territories, causing their numbers to further decrease.
Clearly, a greater conservation effort is needed in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area to save what remains of its elephant population. Sign the petition below to demand that the area is closely monitored for poachers and that better law enforcement is enacted to protect the African elephant from dying out.
Dear Mr. Myburgh,
Elephants are being killed off by poachers at an alarming rate in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area. According to recent findings from the Great Elephant Census, this conservation area that has been known as an elephant haven is now the location of “the worst poaching of any major savanna elephant population,” and something needs to be done to end this devastating threat to the region’s elephants.
The conservation area is a popular location for poachers because of its convenient location in a region overlapping Angola, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, making it easy to evade law enforcement by crossing international borders. It is also an area that is largely isolated from human activity, so poaching operations can easily go unmonitored.
Illegal logging has also been occurring in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, and this habitat loss has had a negative impact on the area’s elephant population as well. The combination of habitat loss and poaching will quickly wipe out the elephants that remain if conservation efforts are not increased. I am urging you to encourage stricter law enforcement in the conservation area. Please take action to protect the declining population of elephants and ensure that the region is closely monitored for poachers and other illegal activity.
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Photo credit: Richard Towell