We all know that for sustainable wildlife conservation the value of wildlife for communities and countries must be recognized and made use of to its fullest potential, to let us people participate out of our own interests.
If our children stay hungry because of wildlife eating our harvest we will certainly not protect these animals. And we are becoming so many humans on this planet that in future conflicts of this nature are naturally growing and not decreasing. So there is great need for practical solutions and communication within the communities and countries.
If one learns that these animals will bring wealth through tourism and hunting tourism it is an easy way to understand the need of conservation and makes one willing to participate in the battle for the animal's survival. Because we will get something out of it,- for ourselves and for our families.
But I believe there is a different important approach if we want to still have elephants roaming free for our children to see. I believe we must awake love for wildlife; love and passion, and not only a system where wildlife represents a money value for the country, for tourism, for the hunting industry...
In the reality of this world thats all true and important for a sustainable future concept for people willing to grant wildlife space... but we can do more than this. Because this is not where conservation from the heart starts. This is practical conservation only. And I am getting tired of people looking at animals and start talking in Dollar about their value.
It is time to engage a selfless approach towards wildlife as well; where it is about the caring for the animal itself as a living being on this planet. To understand its right and purpose to be here as the animal itself not as the source of something for us human beings to make use of, just because we are the most powerful roaming creature on this planet… I believe it is time to work on our selfish human nature when we approach wildlife and wildlife conservation.
I strongly believe the real needed change in this world starts within the heart not with the interest.
Thats why it is important to create the opportunity for great encounters and real memories with animals in young age, what will grow into real appreciation for what the animals truly are: an amazing gift and enrichment to this planet and not our property.