There are three African mammalian species which need your help today in order to survive the threat of extinction: lions, black rhinoceros and elephants.
Hunters eager to own a trophy lion and traders involved in the sale of lion teeth and claws as prized jewelry jeopardize the existence of lions in the Mara Triangle. Human population growth and the competition for natural spaces and resources have put the African lion on the line as they continue to encounter unwelcoming humans, causing inevitable conflict, and retaliatory killing. In Kenya's Kitengela area alone, over 20 lions have been lost to conflict in the last 5 years (7 in 2012). These majestic cats are disappearing at an alarming rate across Africa and census work is in dire need to estimate its remaining population.
In 1970s, an estimated 120 black rhinos roamed the entire Maasai Mara National Reserve, but this number has dropped to 18 individuals in the 1980s. The Reserve is the only protected area in Kenya with the indigenous black rhino population, unaffected by reintroductions, and with the potential to increase substantially. The entire population is currently said to be approximately 25-30 individuals. The imminent threat to this small population is clearly present in the high demand of rhino horn in the Asian market and is reflected in the astounding rhino mortality in South Africa where 1004 animals were poached in 2013 alone.
Elephant poaching across the African continent is reducing the population by 10% annually. In 2012, the Maasai Mara Ecosystem alone lost 139 elephants to poaching. This level of off-take is ecologically unsustainable and experts fear that elephants could be wiped off the face of the earth in the next ten years if drastic measures are not taken to control the ivory market and subsequent poaching.
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