Merriam-Webster defines a predator (pred•a•tor noun \ˈpre-də-tər, -ˌtȯr\) as an animal that lives by killing and/or eating other animals. On a safari, one comes across abundant predators – wildlife species – but hardly give a second thought to how they affect the natural food chain. Here, in the wild, the evolutionary theory of 'survival for the fittest' is best exposed.
If absolutely nothing is done to curb the current rate of poaching, elephants will take the place of dinosaurs on the history timeline; in less than 10 years, the world can be rid of jumbos. Less than a hundred years ago, the earth was replete with a few million elephants. Today, roughly 600,000 elephants remain. In Africa, many factors such as bad governance, corruption and moral decay have led to the rapid elimination of the largest land animals that we have. Soon elephants will be something to only see on documentaries.
In 2013, mid year, two police officers in Kenya were arrested over possession of over 40 Kg of elephant tusks in the city of Nairobi. The newsworthy story gripped my heart. The very authorities that we depend on are in the tide of destruction that's killing the heritage that nature offers. What struck harder is the fact that the story was given the dying minutes of Prime Time television. The story was downplayed and so was its importance. It led me to see that in a few years, poaching will be a dead activity, not because it will be curbed, but rather because there will be no animals to poach. We only have ourselves to blame. One of the ways is by charging our media houses to give the stories prominence.