World Wildlife Day is a time to celebrate our African Wildlife, and globally the 3rd March 2017 embraced the theme, “Listen to the Young Voices.”
It has been said that almost one quarter of the world’s population is aged between 10 and 24, continued efforts need to be made to encourage young people, as the future leaders and decision makers of the world, to act on both local and global levels to protect wildlife. It is our mission to open up Swaziland Youth and the likes to realistic conservation.
World Wildlife Day encourages people around the world to come together to address ongoing major threats to wildlife including habitat change, over-exploitation or illicit trafficking. This year World Wildlife Day proposed the challenge, “Do one thing to help the world’s wildlife.” Big Game Parks teamed up with the Manzini Rhinos Rugby Club and worked with pupils from Lobamba National High School and Esitjeni Primary School to do our bit by running a “Clean-Up Campaign” from Esitjeni Road to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary main gate. The event started at the two schools’ morning assembly, 07h45 at Lobamba National High and at 08h00 at Esitjeni Primary School. Our team split up into 2 groups- 1 group addressed Esitjeni Primary and the other addressed Lobamba National High. Each group was joined a mix of Rhino Rugby Club players and Big Game Parks staff.
A quick presentation was given, with the hope of inspiring young people to take action and conserve our wildlife and natural environments. We discussed the threat of devaluing wildlife by substituting Conservation, (wise and sustainable utilization of self-renewing natural resources) with preservation and protectionist philosophies. Good conservation produces surpluses and available habitat is finite; so what must we do with surpluses? Spiritually, culturally and consumptively the growing trend of towards protectionist is a greater threat to the continued existence of Africa’s Wildlife. If wildlife has no practical value to people, what are the chances of it maintaining priority, or even being sustained? Nature itself subscribes to conservation rather than the stagnation preservation prescribes.
The purpose of the “Clean-Up” Campaign was to highlight how doing something so small, such as picking up litter, can make such a difference. Sometimes it’s a lot of little things adding up that make a big difference!
Wondering what you can still do? Why not join us on one of our next “Clean-Up Campaigns”? Watch this space for more details! Why not make a donation to wildlife? Or even better… Why not visit one of the beautiful parks our Kingdom has to offer? Did you know, just by paying your entrance fee, YOU are helping wildlife and actively funding Nature Conservation!
Our collective conservation actions can be the difference between wildlife surviving or disappearing. Let’s all come together and do our part! Even though World Wildlife Day is over, lets do a little something for our wildlife and environment every day.