Ecotourism is currently a booming industry. As defined by the International Ecotourism Society, the goals of ecotourism include: 1) minimizing impact, 2) building environmental and cultural awareness and respect, and 3) providing financial stimulus for both conservation efforts as well as local people.
Badges of wealth vary widely, from jewels to Rolex watches. In recent decades, however, there has come another one—ivory—which is regarded as both a symbol of status and a substance from which religious icons are made.
As poaching operations continue to get ever more sophisticated and ruthless, a new method of slaughter emerges: salt.
I recall, as a child, being taken to the circus and having an overwhelming feeling of sadness and empathy for the animals, particularly the elephants that were paraded for our entertainment.
There is a rhinometer in the local newspaper. It tracks the number of rhinos killed. It is the kind of thermometer you see when people are fundraising, where you want the red to reach the top, signifying your fundraising target. Yet with the rhinometer the red symbolizes the blood of rhinos, you pray it does not keep rising.