International Wildlife Adventures Director Randy Green recently returned from leading a wildlife photography tour of some of the most beautiful areas in Namibia. Green calls Namibia "a shining example of a young democracy with sound wildlife conservation policies." In his recent blog post, "Poaching in Africa - Namibia Bucks the Trend", Green writes about the country's encouraging success in protecting its wildlife.
Other African countries struggle with the growing problems of poaching, driven by the increasing demand for elephant ivory tusk and rhinoceros horn worldwide.
Not only does poaching endanger the very survival of these species, ivory trafficking is known to fund terrorist activities. According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, the terrorist attack on the mall in Nairobi, Kenya was perpetrated by the Shabab, a terrorist organization known to be making huge profits by brokering illegal ivory.
So what has Namibia done differently? Green calls it a "two-pronged effort" of protecting its land and coast and then giving its local tribespeople control over the natural resources and the ability to benefit financially from conservancy. So far, the results are impressive; the populations of elephants and black rhinoceros have grown significantly in Namibia.
Don't tell the poachers.
International Wildlife Adventures has been offering nature, diving, and photography tours worldwide since 1994, including trips to Namibia.