Wildlife 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%.
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Poaching and illegal trade in wild animals is the biggest threat to our wildlife today, pushing many of our most iconic species towards extinction. The illegal killing and trade in wild animals is a global security threat and a big business, managed by well organized criminal syndicates.
These networks, some with connections to terrorism, invests in wildlife trafficking because of the demand for parts of animals in mainly Asia. This is to where the majority of the animal parts are being illegaly smuggled and sold.
Parts of wild animals is considered luxury goods and status symbols but also used in traditional medicine. Rhino horn is, according to asian medicine, believed to cure various diseases such as Cancer, Malaria and even impotence. Ivory from elephants are carved into exclusive ornaments used for decoration and lions are killed for their bones, skins 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 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 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 55 elephants killed for their tusks every day and one rhino for its horn every 6-8 hour the battle to save these iconic 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 getting killed. The necessary Anti-Poaching shield deploys park rangers, dog units and air surveillance. These people, and dogs, put their own life at risk in order to protect the wild animals. They work under harsh conditions and they are often depend on donations to run their operations. The war against poaching have sadly 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 in southern Africa where we find that 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.
Wildhood Foundation raise funds to help anti-poaching units operate and allow them to develop and keep doing what they do best – to protect our planet’s most precious wildlife. It is a fact that anti-poaching units are neccessary in terms of the impact they have on the areas they protect. Wildhood want to contribute to making their job even better!