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Wildlife in Danger

fantastic beasts and how to save them

Tanzania, Africa is the homeland of nearly 4 million wild animals, ranging in around 430 species- including the gerenuks. The most popular spot in Tanzania, the Serengeti National Park, is one of the best places for seeing lions, cheetahs, and other wild predators. There are also over 1000 species of birds, some only existing in Tanzania.

unusual animals in the Tanzania wildlife

Unusual, but cute animals found in Tanzania!

The last male white rhinoceros on earth under guard 24 hours

Poaching, or illegal hunting, is one of the greatest negative impacts that humans have on the wildlife in Africa. Elephants especially, are hunted just for their ivory tusks, only the babies being left behind to grow tusks and be shot when they're older. The law turns a blind eye to the illegal shooters, and the elephant population is plummeting into endangerment. Other animals, like the white rhinoceros and the black rhinoceros are also endangered because of poaching. They are shot, de-horned, and left dead for scavengers and predators. Another factor, overgrazing, takes away food sources for primary consumers including the gerenuk.
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Other environmental problems like deforestation and pollution are caused by humans, too. Most of the animals in Tanzania live off the land; for food, protection, and home. The people in Tanzania also rely on the trees for energy needs. Because of high energy needs, more trees are being plucked than planted, causing deforestation. Poor government control and protection regulations are the main cause of illegal timber crime. Gerenuks are also greatly affected by deforestation, their main source of food and shelter being the plants and forests.

Pollution; because trash in Tanzania is not well cleaned, it ends up left untreated. Lack of sewage systems, and not having a good way of getting rid of waste is the main reason for not only the plains and savannas, but also the marine habitats being harmed by pollution.

How Do I Help?

The best ways to help, of course, are to donate or volunteer, but if that's too much to do for you, then what you can do is spread awareness. Very few people are aware of how much humans are affecting wildlife not just in Tanzania, but everywhere, and even less care about what they're doing. Make sure that you, and the people around you understand, that the Earth wasn't made for humans; it was made for all living things. Don't cut down their homes to power yours.

Speak for the ones without a voice.


Help preserve Africa's greatest treasures by donating to the African Wildlife Foundation, and supporting not just the animals, but the people to lead in conserving their natural heritage.

What's Happening Now?

There are countless projects already going on in the African Wildlife Foundation. From lodges and sanctuaries, to "Say No" campaigns and rhino relocations, they are working hard to save the African wildlife. You can learn more about all their projects in the button below.

The African Wildlife Foundation supports many projects to help the wildlife in Africa.