Elephants and people
There is huge debate around African elephants a lot of it conflicting and confusing in the face of the poaching crisis. What to believe in all the emotional outpouring about elephants and human conflict is difficult to decide but they can be dangerous destructive animals to the people who live among them. A balanced approach seems to be a hard thing to find in all the rhetoric. Regardless of varied opinions surely these animals deserve respect and a place to live. Surely it's up to us to make solutions to enable this and minimise danger and conflict.
It is interesting how people power has the power to make change. More recently young adults and children have taken to the streets to protest and raise awareness of what is happening to the world we all live in. Climate change and the enormous and destructive forces threatening our world have reached a crisis point while so called leaders debate endlessly about it and even cast doubt that it exists at all. There is scientific proof that it exists so why has nothing real been done to address the catastrophic consequences that will impact on the future generations ? While oceans of plastic litter our seas and wholesale land clearing and degradation continue to destroy the earth young people have every right to wonder what kind of future they face.
Yet another blow for wildlife with the news of the death of Tam the last male Sumatran rhino in Malaysia. Is this be a species that can be saved ? It seems a remote possibility with only 30 - 100 of the animals left in the wild. Deforestation, poaching, habitat loss and encounters with humans have decimated once healthy populations that roamed through much of South East Asia but are now confined to a shrinking habitat of fragmented forests. It's a stark reminder of how important habitat diversity is to healthy reproduction leading to proper populations of animals. As always these ancient animals have been hunted and predated for their horn and so called medicinal benefit to the absolute brink of extinction.