The reasons to conserve are significant and many and the need is urgent. How to do this is varied and can feel complex. It’s important that we not let this overwhelm us as every one of us can contribute in meaningful ways.

The first step is to educate ourselves.

In going on an African safari with a responsible operator, you will gain insights into the importance of healthy eco-systems. Besides learning, you will be contributing to conservation through your park and conservation fees and supporting those who are working directly on these issues.

Before your trip, it’s helpful to get some perspective. Here are a few suggestions to get started.

Big picture overview of our natural world and the issues facing it

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (available on Netflix)

This quote certainly sums up the Netflix special ” It’s time to learn and work with nature, rather than against it” Sir David Attenborough.

A few statistics to stimulate curiosity to learn more

Over the past 50 years, it’s estimated that:

  • Lion population has dropped from 450,000 to 20,000
  • Leopards have gone from 700,000 to 50,000
  • The population of Savanna elephants has decreased by at least 60%

A favorite read

The Last Elephants by Don Pinnock & Colin Bell

While the focus is on elephants, this book provides a sound overview of issues facing wildlife and wild spaces in Africa with contributions from experts working throughout the continent. The paperback version is like a coffee table book due to the many stunning photos included.

To focus in on the writings, you might consider getting the Kindle edition.

What happens to the land and wildlife in Africa impacts us globally. May we all participate in its preservation.

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