I’ve just set up this blog in order to share experiences and thoughts on the present, and often depressing state of our environment and its treasured inhabitants. I’ll be posting a species of the week, usually a little-known, but charismatic creature, as part of helping generate this awareness for mammals that have benefited less from the present conservation movement, but are in straits just as dire. Related notes to the conservation topic will often also accompany these descriptions. In addition, I will also have a section regarding a conservation priority location of the weak. This is a location that is important for conservation of particular endangered species that is underfunded, underprotected, and sometimes, even unsafe. These areas are key for effective conservation protection.
The battle of wildlife conservation has been a strenuous one, wrought with difficulties and disappointments at every turn. Organizations like the IUCN and WWF bravely travel into the endless loop of human-caused species extinctions attempting to make a difference, and perhaps save that one animal on the brink and bring it back to its original abundance. Sadly, for every success story, there is always at least one backfire. The American Bison, a majestic symbol of the grand Prairie was slaughtered to near extinction in the late 19th century, but brave conservationists have restored this species to stable populations. At the same time though, the critically endangered Hirola, or Hunter’s Hartebeest clings onto an ever-decreasing stretch of habitat in Kenya’s vast North-eastern frontier. After its traditional refuges were destroyed by overgrazing, the Northern Rangelands Trust, in a heroic attempt to halt any further damage, has placed a private conservancy in the heart of this primeval refuge, dedicated to restoring the world’s rarest antelope. I truly beleive that this project is not only mean to succeed, but that furthermore, it also deserves
to succeed. Scientists estimate that dozens of species go extinct every day – and worse yet, almost all of this ecological damage has been built up over the last 200 years. One can only hope that today’s best efforts might have a fighting chance of restoring at least some of what has all been lost… I hope to use this blog as a way to join the IUCN, WWF, and millions of other conservationists and biologists around the world in their struggle to achieve just that.