By Jordan Carlton Schaul
As humans continue to encroach on waterways and wild lands and develop them to the extent they can, some species may vanish with or without our attempts to conserve them.
With that said, we continue to fail at keeping illegal poachers at bay; we continue to reproduce exponentially; we fail to reduce our carbon footprint; and we also fail to mitigate the effects of climate change.
We have been doing these things with great proficiency for a long time to the detriment of the environment. Indeed, we have damaged nature at the expense of non-human species and their respective ecosystems.
Fortunately, however, there is great reason to have hope because of a few committed and passionate people who believe that getting species off that “Critically Endangered” list is not only possible, but conceivable in our life times, for many animals already imperiled.
When Deputy Conservator of Forests of the Department of Forests for the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh, Sujoy Banerjee graciously invited myself and Baiju Raj, administrative wildlife biologist of the Wildlife SOS-managed Agra Bear Rescue Facility (ABRF), to his office, I thought we might talk about bears, birds and lions literally.
After all, Sujoy is the brain behind the designing and development of the upcoming Lion Safari, a priority project of the Government of Uttar Pradesh. He has worked as the Director of Species Conservation for the World Wildlife Fund- India. There, he oversaw tiger, elephant and rhino conservation projects for the entire country. More....