The Craving Need Of Julie Gamboa To Save The Wildlfe
When Julie Gamboa stood to give her speech at the international Wildlife protection day, it all seemed like a dream to everyone. Very few know what the natural heritage looked like barely three decades ago. It may not be out of ignorance, but because of extinction.
She describes the old national parks and game reserves with zeal. You could feel that in your heart and see it in her eyes. The illusions she creates on what the animals we do not know about except through books and pictures and perhaps the skeletons in the museums are too vivid to visualize.
Maybe to bring you into actual reality of what Julie Gamboa is fighting for and against you need to take a look at what the past was like, and how the future might look like if we do not make the initiative. Let’s look at the present as well and what we lack because of the past.
The Extinct Species Of Animals
Imagine if 100,000 million birds were blanketing the sky in a migration process. Is it amazing right? Now, here are 1 billion of the passenger bird species migrating from North America to Canada and Mexico. A whopping one billion. The attention they stole from the audience, the media, and the tourists. The beautiful patterns they formed and the chirrups.
That went to the dogs when the Europeans stepped their feet into North America and massively hunted them for food. Imagine from a population of 5 billion to zero. Nothing in the air in the name of passenger birds. No migrations, no photos anymore.
It is outright if you are reading this, you never saw a Quagga, and you will never see it. Why? Someone did not take the responsibility of protecting them. The Quagga in their time stole the show. They are species of zebra with the stripes only from the mid, abdomen towards the head.
You may not know about the sea cow. A mammal that is no longer in the curriculum because there is nothing to create a reference other than pictures. The last time Julie Gamboa asked about the most abundant mammal that has ever lived in water, it is only a whale that came out. A sea cow is another just for your information.
The last most adorable animal that the generations will never know about is the Tasmania tiger. The animal looked like a dog; it had a long tail and flat at the end. All these are now extinct.
Africa is equally telling her history of animal extinction. Remember Africa is the only continent with the largest group herd of animals in the world. All the unique species have the hub on the continent. The giraffe, Elephants, etc. unfortunately, is the worst hit wildlife in the world.
Why Do Animals Become Extinct?
Some factors are leading to the extinction of these animals. The basic one is poaching. In a report, Julie Gamboa read to United Nations Environmental program vividly shows how poaching is killing the wildlife in most parts of Africa. The most affected are the rhinos and the elephants.
It is said that the rhinos’ horns are of a very high medicinal value. The horns make a variety of medicines including cancer-treating drugs. Some of these factors make the rhinos very vulnerable to poaching. The elephants also mint a lot of cash to the poachers for their husks.
The Economic Effect of Poaching
In Africa alone where there is plenty to benefit from animals, the number of elephants killed in a year goes as high as 35,000. It is absurd. The tourism sector slowly loses value with this kind of fails.
The illegal business fetches over $200,000 in a year. The figure is astounding. The countries that are highly involved in this business according to the report Julie Gamboa read are Thailand and China.
There are many wildlife rangers who enjoyed taking care of these animals. What happens when the animals become extinct? They lose jobs. The economic translation of such a move is detrimental to the society and the families involved. It is evident to a country that has many unemployed youths to have social misfits.
Julie Gamboa has only one role to play; to control the extinction of these animals through human activities which are the most common. Though it is not a natural process since the activities involve government officials, tycoons, and people with links. They employ the poachers at a cost to get them the tusks and the rhino’s horns.
One of the ways that Julie Gamboa advices governments to have alternative sources of income to those engaging in the illegal activity. Especially the poachers who are lured into the service. The tycoons who facilitate the poaching and the exports should face harsh penalties that will paralyze their operations.
Campaigns are all over the world to protect the wildlife. In the recent launch by Julie Gamboa in partnership with UNEP, there shall be rhinos’ day. Every first week of September, people all over the world are required to sensitize others on the importance of wildlife and essentially the rhinos. That is to put into consideration that the only remaining white rhino in Africa passed on.
She urges governments to give the animals maximum vet care to ensure that they are perfect health. Death of such animals is a waste, especially, if it could be controlled.
The animal orphanages are the best for keeping the animals that are on the verge of extinction. They should be bred to allow continuity. Even if it means importing or exporting an animal to ensure the breeding goes on, let it be.
Recently Julie Gamboa launched a competition in schools and colleges in China for drawing and painting. The festival-like competition is to help the young, cultivate the culture of preserving the environment and especially the animals.
The cries of Julie Gamboa are genuine. The world needs to preserve the natural heritage for the sake of generations to come and for the sake of the tourism sector and general economy of the country.