China has invested heavily in Africa’s resources. It has also faced scrutiny over whether its investment is good for Africa in the long run.
Two of Africa’s most iconic species—the elephant and the rhino—are facing grave population declines, and it’s mostly due to demand from China. This Chinese market has fueled a poaching crisis for the continent. Chinese-built roads are also threatening the animals’ habitat and bringing poachers closer to preserves.
Then there’s impact on Africa’s economy. Both Rhinos and elephants are essential to tourist-reliant economies. According to South Africa’s Tourism department, one in twelve jobs was in the tourism industry last year. Dwindling rhino and elephant numbers will also hurt the tourism industry too.
Campaigns bringing awareness to the poaching issue have been started all over Asia and Africa. Many target Chinese tourists and consumers who are fueling the trade.
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