An Initiative To Save Dying Elephants

Ugandan last week joined the rest of the regional states in a campaign to save elephants whose number is declining in the country. The walk which started from Uganda Wildlife Authority offices, through Yusuf Lule Road, Wampewo Avenue ended at Kololo Independence Grounds in Uganda’s capital Kampala.

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The walk, was intended to create awareness about elephant protection. The campaign is spearheaded by Mr Lutalo-permanent secretary ministry of Tourism  and Mr Joseph Bedach, from Kenya Wildlife Services.

The campaign started three months ago in Kenya, followed by Tanzania, Rwanda and now in Uganda.
According to results of a study released in September last year, the population of the african  savannah elephants declined by 30 per cent between 2007 and 2014. There are roughly 400,000 savannah elephants left and that number is falling by 8 percent per year, according to the survey.

 

Great Elephant Census, the team that carried out the survey, gathered detailed statistics over two years by flying over and counting herds of elephants as they roam the plains. Dead elephants were counted too. A “carcass rate” (the ratio of living to dead) of more than 8 percent indicates poaching at a high enough level to cause the elephant population to decline. According to a recent report by The Guardian, other research has come up with similarly bleak findings. A 2014 scientific study estimated that 100,000 elephants were killed for their ivory between 2010 and 2012.

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The rest of Africa’s elephants are forest elephants and they are by definition harder to count. Another study released this week found these creatures to be one of the slowest reproducing mammals. According to the survey, even if poaching stopped tomorrow, it might take over 90 years for forest elephants to recover to their 2002 population.
“This is largely due to poaching,” says Chris Thouless, a conservationist who works with Save the Elephants (STE) as a strategic adviser and who contributed to the status report. Across the continent, elephant poaching is happening on an industrial scale.

Going it Alone vs. Guided trips

Every once in awhile we’ll get a call from someone weary of traveling with a guide. They proudly state that they don’t need their hand held or to be babysat.

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Having been the wandering backpackers for most of their life, people feel that traveling with a guide would force them to be less adventurous.One can be worried that they would be restricted or have to follow a rigid schedule. To me, a guide has the power to dictate what your experience would be, and I guarantee you will be comfortable giving someone that control.

Furthermore, most people have always been a fiercely independent travelers. They  think that by reading guide books and digging through online travel forums they can fully prepare themselves. And if you couldn’t find the information you needed, you would just wing it. Smart, right?

Some sites require a special clearance, steady legs and discipline. These are usually for the local guides because they interact with sites more often than even the tour leaders. There are certain cultural phenomena that can’t easily be interpreted alone and yet they are essential, Like waving is done differently in different cultures.

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Besides that amazing moment, how else would you know where to spot rear birds like the Rwenzori Turaco or may be the Pitta? The advantages of seeing your destination through a local’s eyes are many, and frankly, you miss out if you don’t. Even after the trip, the is usually that bond that remains especially because of the life changing experiences that guide showed you and this is testified by most guides on how they are still in contact with most of their past clients.

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