I was appalled by the death of Cecil the lion, lured from a nature preserve by a guide to be killed by a trophy hunter, the infamous dentist. I had no idea that trophy hunting was still going on.
As horrible as trophy hunting is, the real killer of African animals such as elephants, lions and rhinos is poaching.
Statistics from the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) say that up to 35,000 African elephants were poached last year and that the black rhino population has declined 97.6 percent since 1960.
If this continues, African elephants, gorillas, zebras, rhinos and other wildlife in Africa will soon be extinct.
The reason for uncontrolled poaching is that many African countries are poor and their governments cannot afford adequate poaching patrols. There is also a high demand for animal parts in Asia.
How can we help? Donations to organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund and the AWF help African governments and/or their national parks to hire staff to find and catch poachers.
If this is something you feel is worth doing and that a world without lions, tigers, elephants and rhinos (other than those in zoos) is unthinkable, help these and other international wildlife organizations.