BENIN CITY-The Managing Director of Ogba Zoological Garden and Park, Mr Andy Ehanire said the continued high taste for bushmeat by Nigerians posses a threat to wildlife conservation and mankind.
The conservation expert who made this known in an interview with newsmen in Benin City on the occasion of the 2014 commemoration of the World Wild Life Day with the theme, ‘’If animals go. What next? , said wildlife was a heritage of mankind and needed to be carefully harnessed so as not to upset balance of nature.
According to him, the International Union for Conservation of Nature believes that there are over 5,000 species that are currently endangered and wondered why in Nigeria, wildlife heritage should continue to be handled with reckless abandon without a thought for the future.
“So, with over 5,000 of the earth species endangered, the purpose of the question which is the theme for this year wildlife day is to serve as food for thought for mankind and also set the agenda for the reversal of the damage already done to the planet wildlife.
“Mankind, no doubt will be the next to go”, he warned, that humous should not continue to tread the present path and refuse to acknowledge that there is urgent need for us to preserve our bio-diversity for all the manifestation of lives, the way God has created it”.
Mr Andy Ehanire, while pointing out that as one of the several stakeholders in this year event, “hunters in the state are going to be playing an essential role in this new campaign to preserve the wildlife of the state as the issue of illegal hunting is at the forefront of the campaign to put an end to their atrocities”.