Wildlife in Warzones
Thousands of voices cry out for help and justice from war-stricken countries like the Congo and Syria. What of the voiceless creatures that undergo the same, if not worse suffering than humans during wars and conflict? The late South African Lawrence Anthony – also known as the elephant whisperer – was involved in caring for terrified and emaciated animals in the Bagdad Zoo during the Iraq war in 2003. The zoo, containing over 600 animals, was neglected and after 10 days of war there were only 30 animals left! A little closer to home we have the Tembe elephants in Mozambique and the gorillas in the Congo, disabled by mines and traumatised by the civil war in these countries. The Earth Organisation, launched after the Iraqi war, aims to recognise deliberate and irreversible acts of environmental or wildlife destruction as war crimes. Will the United Nations accept this resolution and implement it in war-stricken countries?
The oceans are an amazing resource, supplying food or income for over 2.6 billion people worldwide. With over 80% of world fish stocks being over-exploited, we as consumers need to be more critical about the fish we buy and eat. The South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) helps raise consumer awareness about vulnerable fish and promotes responsible buying. Woolworths, one of the first suppliers to sign with SASSI, is now sourcing fish from aquaculture farms. Aquaculture involves farming fish on land and thereby reduces the impact on the ocean caused by overfishing. In 2013, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), aquaculture overtook beef-farming as the largest producer of protein globally and is now seen as a possible solution to the over-exploitation of ocean fish stocks. We take a look at Oceanwise – a new aquaculture plant in East London which produces Kabeljou in a sustainable and economically viable way.
Johan takes us bird watching in the Lowveld and finds the perfect spot to get his species count up, as well as tell us some interesting facts about these feathered friends. The birds are looking gorgeous in their spring colours.
Summer is in full swing and the heat is driving animals into the water. A springbok’s swim ends badly, the elephants launch a rescue mission to save a calf and even the birds take a dip.