Target: Gabriel Changson Chang, South Sudan Minister of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism
Goal: Applaud the use of satellite tracking to monitor elephants in order to protect them from poachers.
Endangered elephants in South Sudan have been under increasing threat from poachers hunting them for their ivory tusks. Only four percent of the original population remains. Political instability has contributed to the decimation of the elephant population during years of civil war. Currently, rebel militias use trafficked ivory to sustain their operations. Fortunately, South Sudan’s government has stepped up with expanded conservation efforts to monitor and protect the remaining herds from extinction.
South Sudan’s Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism has collaborated with the Wildlife Conservation Society to collar elephants with GPS devices in order to track the majority of the remaining elephant populations. The GPS collars provide real-time location data, enabling the Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism and the Wildlife Conservation Society to track elephants. Remote tracking of these majestic animals is a critical practice in the fight against wildlife trafficking for the illegal ivory trade. The use of satellite tracking combined with aerial surveillance, terrestrial patrols, and government law enforcement will give the ministry the ability to detect poaching threats, combat large scale hunting operations, and arrest traffickers.
These expanded efforts to protect elephants will secure the remaining population and provide an international example of the assertive measures that are necessary for the survival of endangered species. South Sudan’s solution oriented response demonstrates the seriousness required of governments to meet conservation goals and improve social security by combatting crime. Please sign this petition commending South Sudan’s government for taking action to save its elephants.
Dear Gabriel Changson Chang, South Sudan Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism,
Thank you for your commitment to protecting elephants from the illegal wildlife trade through the use of GPS tracking devices. The innovative tracking devices will protect these iconic animals – a national treasure of South Sudan. Conserving these beautiful creatures is in the best interest of the people of South Sudan who value elephants as a source of national pride. The presence of elephants in South Sudan can benefit local communities by generating revenue through ecotourism. Combatting illegal trafficking carried out by large scale organized crime syndicates and rebel militias will also restore political stability and greatly improve the lives of all.
I commend you for stressing the importance of stopping the slaughter of elephants. Poaching robs the entire community, inflicting long term damage for unsustainable short term gains of monetary profit. Your actions have far reaching benefits for the conservation of various species throughout the international community. All countries must increase their efforts to protect species from endangerment and extinction. Please continue to implement your plan that has great potential to restore the remaining elephant population, bringing hope to conservationists throughout the world.
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