THE EARTH & THE ANIMALS
Discovering Beautiful Wild Places, Incredible Animals & The People
I am on a journey to discover and learn as much as I can about wildlife, captive animals, domesticated wild-animals and the history of human and wildlife interaction. I'll be visiting captive wildlife establishments, sanctuaries, reserves, parks and farms who are home to South Africa's most beloved animals and find out what the future holds for both human and non-human species in these environments. I am meeting the people who are in conservation and are active in rescue, rehabilitation and the release of wild species back into wild habitat. Founders of Animal Organizations, Wildlife Veterinarians, Members from Anti-Poaching Units and those who guard over, work with and care for animals are on my list of people to meet and learn from in the hopes I can share their stories and inspire others to participate and protect the innocent. I will also be meeting with animal rights organizations and speak to animal rights activists as well as animal welfarests to raise awareness on issues that require the support of the public and find out what they have to say about new guidelines and changes made to legislation pertaining to Agriculture, Environment and Tourism and how that affects the current endangered status and the rights of animals, wild habitat and as a whole the Earth.
To fully understand why things are the way they are and where we are heading to we have to start at the beginning and learn about the past and we also have to educate ourselves about the present. We are on an evolutionary timeline racing towards the sixth mass extinction, losing species and wild habitat due to habitat encroachment and deforestation.
Habitat restoration must be a top priority for each and every individual on Earth. To restore and return wild spaces to increase biodiversity is a must and increasing biodiversity can only be achieved by expanding and diversifying the range of habitats or vegetation structures available. Biodiversity boosts ecosystem productivity where each species, no matter how big or small, all have an important role to play. Healthy soil is a state of a soil meeting its range of healthy ecosystem functions as appropriate to its environment and biodiversity is the key indicator of the health of an ecosystem.
The future of Earth and the quality of life for all depends on the extent to which we recognize our impact and our progressive actions whereby we take responsibility. Ultimately the outcome of the future is in our hands.