Wildlife as we know it is disappearing
Africa and Indonesia is home to a great part of our remaining wildlife on earth, and to some of the most iconic species such as elephants, rhinos, lions, giraffs, tigers and orangutans who have had our planet as their home for millions of years, long before humans.
Most of us consider these animals to be a natural part of our world but the reality is that many of them might get extinct in the wild within our lifetime, and for some as soon as within 20 years from now. In only 40 years the number of wild animals on our planet have decreased by 58%.
DECREASE IN WILDLIFE
OVER THE PAST 40 YEARS
19 billion USD
ESTIMATED VALUE IN
ELEPHANTS ARE KILLED
Poaching and illegal trade in wild animals is the biggest threat to our wildlife today, pushing many of our iconic species towards extinction. Poaching is not be confused with the controversial trophy hunting, often discussed in media lately. Poaching and illegal trade in wild animals is a global security problem and a big business, managed by well organized criminal syndicates.
These networks, some of them connected to terrorism, invests in wildlife trafficking because the demand for parts of animals in mainly Asia where most of the wildlife and animal parts are trafficked, is extremely high.
Parts of wild animals is considered luxury goods and rhino horn is, according to traditional asian medicine, believed to to cure various diseases such as Cancer, Malaria and impotence. Ivory from elephants are carved into expensive ornamental items used for decoration and lions are killed for their bones and paws.
Rhino horn is more expensive than gold
The demand for parts of wild animals have been considerably increased during the last decade along with the economical growth and raising demand in Asia. Rhino horn is the most expensive material on earth today, worth up to around 100.000 USD per kilogram on the black market exceeding both the price of gold, diamonds and cocaine. Ranked after the trade in arms, drugs and humans, the illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be the world’s forth largest criminal businesses worth about 19 billion USD every year.
Through a project launched in 2017 Interpol is now targeting the African Asian wildlife crime links:
Targeting high profile traffickers in Asia sourcing wildlife from Africa, the project will provide a strengthened law enforcement response in source, transit and destination countries, particularly those linked to the illicit trade in ivory, rhinoceros horn and Asian big cat products.
The growing demand from Asia have put an enormous pressure of our wildlife. With one elephant killed for its tusks every 15 minutes and one rhino for its horn every 6-8 hour the battle to save these species is a race against time. The escalating poaching crises have forced national parks and private game owners to invest in and develop a serious defense to protect their animals from the poachers. The necessary Anti-Poaching shield operates park rangers, dog patrols and air patrols. These people (and dogs) put their own life at risk in order to protect the wildlife. They live and work under harsh conditions and they are often fully or partly dependent on donations to run their operations. The wildlife war have over the last decade resulted in over 1000 rangers loosing their life on duty.
Wildhood Foundation’s mission is to support Anti-Poaching operations in selected areas of Africa where we find our help is most needed. To keep Anti-Poaching units up and running requires a lot when it comes to training, equipment, will and strength. Poachers operate with modern technology and heavy caliber weapons. Where not seldom the Anti-Poaching Units are underfunded with dated equipment. Our aim is to make a change here.
Wildhood Foundation raise funds to help Anti-Poaching units operate and allow them to develop and keep doing what they do best – to save our wildlife. It is a fact that Anti-Poaching units makes a big difference and have a positive impact on the areas they protect, in some areas there would be no animals without them. Wildhood want to contribute to making a change and if we succeed, in the future there will be no need for protection of our precious wildlife.