Honouring Africa’s Endangered Species

 

All CCFA projects support the conservation of wild animals, either through species specific programs or through habitat support. This year we’ve chosen to highlight and celebrate the success of conservation efforts for the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda. After years of efforts to prevent the extinction of the gorillas, the population has increased from 408 individuals in 2010 to 604 in 2019. We hope this helps provide encouragement to other conservation organisations – the hard work and dedication can save lives. However, something to bear in mind is that the time this kind of rehabilitation takes is in a sense regressive. If only humanity would support nature so that we could spend more time growing things than fighting them off; the world would be a much more peaceful place to live.

CCFA, in partnership with Tusk Trust, provides funds to the Conservation Through Public Health program, which focuses on gorilla conservation in Uganda. During the Covid-19 pandemic, CTPH is working together with the communities that live near gorilla habitats, to protect their own health and that of the greater community, so that they can all continue to protect the gorillas to the best of their ability. https://www.ccfa.africa/2019/07/31/conservation-through-public-health-ctph/

The Link Between Endangered Species, Human Existence & A Historic Pandemic

Raising awareness for endangered species during the historic nature of the pandemic currently facing humanity, seems more important than ever before. With heavy restrictions being placed on daily human activities and industry, nature has been given space to breathe; to rewild under a clearer sky. The irony of this is that the human ecosystem is suffering. We are being forced to take stock of our lives so that we might develop a better understanding of our individual contributions to the socio-cultural, ecological and economic environments of the communities, nations, and world in which we exist.

As humans, we are born of the same nature as plants and animals and yet we often fail to recognise this shared origin of species, through disrespect or abuse of natural environments and wildlife, as though they have no bearing on our lives.

We call Earth our ‘home’, thus we should take responsibility for sustaining and conserving it, so it can do the same for us. By educating ourselves about endangered species and sharing their stories with others, we can help raise awareness and ‘flatten the curve’ or even prevent the extinction of a species.

5 South African endangered species we would like to raise awareness for

Pangolins

The pangolin is the most trafficked animal species in South Africa (for their meat and scales). There are 8 species of pangolin, all of which are protected by national and international law.

Cape Vulture

This winged creature might not be the most beautiful in the animal kingdom but it certainly plays an important role. Vultures clean up after predators and help keep the spread of disease under control.

Cape Gannet

The Cape Gannet is limited to life on the African coastline and has come under threat because of the over exploitation of resources, mostly induced by the fisheries trade.

Oribi

This is one of the most endangered antelope, found mostly on South African plains. They’re endangered due to loss of habitat and poaching.

Riverine Rabbit

The nocturnal nature of this rabbit means it is only found in the Karoo. It is at risk of extinction due to habitat loss and livestock farming.

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