22 April 2019

Opinion | A Comeback for African National Parks

Post by Editor

In the years between 1970 and 2005, the wildlife located in African parks have decreased by a staggering 59%. These unfortunate numbers have conservationists scurrying to find a way to preserve life within African national parks. Surprisingly, experts have found that within an African region called Gorongosa, wildlife is actually soaring. This is a rare find, but it shows that there may be hope for African national parks after all. When visiting Gorongosa, you can see lions grazing next to rivers and other signs of prominent wildlife emerging.

Key Takeaways:

  • The earth’s sixth mass extinction episode is well underway many scientists say as the populations of wildlife are rapidly disappearing at astonishing rates.
  • One of the parks that has suffered mass extinction of wildlife populations is the Gorongosa National Park that is roughly the size of Rhode Island in Mozambique.
  • The cause of the mass extinction of the animals in the Gorongosa National Park is because many of the animals were used for food during the 16-year civil war.

“Between 1970 and 2005, national parks in Africa saw an average decline of 59 percent in the populations of dozens of large mammals, among them lions, zebras, elephants and giraffes. In at least a dozen parks, the losses exceeded 85 percent.”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/20/opinion/africa-national-parks.html