Conservation evangelism will not save elephants from everlasting poaching

PHOTO | FILE Evidence of elephant poaching.

What you need to know:

  • Although most KWS rangers are honest people who risk their lives protecting wild animals, the evangelists rarely acknowledge them
  • More and more cash being donated to save Africa’s remaining populations of wildlife. Yet much of the cash is devoted to wildlife research projects
  • Rather than work with KWS in dealing with well-heeled, gun-toting gangs of poachers, evangelists are walking all over the place “sensitizing” Kenyans

Time has come for us to ask whether the conservation philosophy and practice we have adopted since colonialism has been of any good to the wildlife.

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