Anti-poaching / Wildlife Conservation

Poaching Prevention is a registered charity dedicated to protecting endangered species threatened by intensive poaching 
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Poaching Pressure

The depletion of megafauna can significantly impact ecological processes involving vegetation, hydrology, nutrient cycling and firebreaks; this in turn has detrimental cascading effects for other species. 

  • By browsing trampling and toppling trees, large animals such as elephants and rhinos create open spaces, which are vital for small herbivores, and create areas for predators to hunt.  
  • Elephants enlarge waterholes and during the dry season, as they dig to expose underground springs. This enables smaller animals to access this water. 
  • The likelihood of major bushfires is reduced due to the consumption of twigs and leaves that would otherwise accumulate on the ground, potentially adding fuel to a fire.  
  • Megafauna are also important for nutrient cycling and seed dispersal - seeds are transported in their gut and are subsequently fertilised by their dung.  

As rhino and elephant populations dwindle so to will the ecosystem services that they provide.

Elephants and rhinos are the architects of the landscape – 'ecological engineers' that create conditions essential for the survival of numerous other animals.  Therefore, the negative impact of poaching extends far beyond the obvious harm to target species.

In addition to the profoundly negative impacts for endangered species, ecosystem stability and biodiversity, the illegal trade in wildlife also leads to civil conflict and the exploitation of institutional weakness.  Furthermore, the loss of the forest elephant may make earth less inhabitable for humans