"The key to saving African wildlife is African people."
African Wildlife Conservation
Who can best protect Africa's amazing wildlife? The best answer is African people.
People won't care about wildlife conservation when they're excluded from it. Why would anyone living alongside dangerous animals support their protection if there aren't livelihood benefits and safety mechanisms in place?
Though many Africans don't see wildlife regularly, those living near animals such as lions and elephants understandably view them as injurious pests. Bottom line: next to mitigating human-wildlife conflict, the African people must be the beneficiaries of any conservation initiative if Africa's wildlife is to survive. Too, they should be the primary stewards of their environment.
It is my hope that Africa will become a place where her people's needs are met, and where they can wholly benefit from their natural heritage. Only then will Africa's wildlife and wild lands endure. Conservationists must heed the voices of the African people--wildlife's best hope for survival.