Loss of Habitat for African Wildlife
Loss of habitat for the African wildlife in the Serengeti.
We are constantly expanding our needs for space. The human population numbers are rising. We need more food. We need more space for our crops and livestock. The livestock need protecting from the wild animals and the net result is less space for the African Wildlife and in pockets of land where they were once able to roam their traditional paths.
The need for more crops
The local population is expanding. As a consequence, they need more space to grow crops.
Where farms are established on areas that are traditional roaming areas for elephants, this causes a conflict between the elephants and the villagers.
The elephants have lost more space to gather food.
Where the villagers have planted crops in these areas, they have lost crops to hungry elephants. In some cases, the villagers have lost an entire crop.
To make matters worse, the elephants find the food stores in the villages and raid them.
Traditionally, the local villagers have shared grazing land with the wildlife. However, as the human population has increased, there is greater demand for more livestock to provide food and milk. The more they graze their animals in the areas that they share with the wildlife, the less food is available for others.
Over grazing leads to soil erosion. This impacts on future grass growth.
We need to identify the areas where grazing shares areas with the wildlife. We can then work out solutions for the human population that offers a positive result for the wildlife.
Breaking up of traditional paths and roaming routes for wild animals.
With human encroachment on the areas that are traditionally used by wildlife, there has been a fragmentation of larger areas that elephants used to roam.
Consequently, the elephants find that access to their routes are now closed off. Sometimes, they choose to walk through these boundaries and cause distress and damage to villages and crops.
If herds are separated from other herds, this can lead to less opportunity to breed.
How can Chagga Mzungu help with threats to African Wildlife?
Our approach is to combine a humanitarian approach with the need for wildlife conservation.
Our NGO Registered Charity needs help to provide sensible solutions for the villagers. In return, they can protect their crops and grazing land. With our help, they can also create an income from tourism.
This positive approach, on a macro basis, offers an enormous benefit to the wildlife.