They’re great for the economy because they are major tourism hotspots. However, it seems that the game parks are not doing so well in protecting wildlife. They have lost over half of their large animals such as lions and buffalos since 1970 to 2005 by 59%.
While Africa’s national parks draw millions of tourists each year, they are failing to conserve large mammals – like zebras, buffalo, and lions. In addition to deniseapril’s statistic, these animals have declined by 85% throughout eleven parks in west Africa. Scientists say that the dramatic decline is due to a lack of money, caretakers to police the park, habitat degradation, and the growing bushmeat trade. However, the severe decline is said to have slowly decreased over time.
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