Well, you can look at other
areas of Africa and see what they’re doing. In many
places tourism has become a profitable business. By protecting
the land and animals, people are able to survive. In Kenya,
for instance, 37 percent of the country’s income is
derived from tourism. Uganda and Rwanda have programs to help
people see mountain gorillas. And in Tanzania, there are tours
so people see the beauty of the rainforest – and chimps!
In many parts of Africa there also has to be more attention
on protecting national parks and reserves. Protecting these
areas simply isn’t a priority for many nations. Until
it becomes a priority, hunting will continue in the parks.
Of course, the bigger problem is develop-ing an appreciation
of conservation. But as we witness global warming, continued
deforestation and the extinction of plants and animals –
many of whom may carry the keys to helping us prevent or cure
disease – we will continue to see species threatened.