Saturday, February 19, 2011


Think of an animal... What do you picture? Chances are it is one of the animals of Africa. These are the creatures we learn of in our youngest days. Lion, elephant, giraffe, rhino, zebra. These are the creatures that we use to define ourselves as human. African animals are icons of the wild. Yet, human influence is taking its toll. Most large mammals in Africa are threatened by poaching or habitat destruction as the population increases. The number of people in Africa will double in less than 50 years, with untold consequences for the wildlife that competes for the same natural resources.