By Quinton Paul Josop
My name is Quinton Paul Josop. I'm currently in my second year studying advanced nature guiding and conservation in northern KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. I have a keen interest in the natural world, especially birds, trees, mammals, insects, flowers and the marine environment. I'm also inspired by people that promote conservation and see why it is so important to save and protect our wildlife. This year I finish my studies and will hopefully be doing work with and for conservation based organisations.
I believe that conservation is the prolonged, wise sustainable use of the world’s wild natural resources, not only to benefit future generations but to save species from becoming extinct. It is important for us (the youth) to understand why it is our responsibility to implement conservation strategies, the importance of protecting the different populations of flora and fauna all over the world and indirectly its importance to humanity. Holistically speaking, humans are part of nature; we belong in it, but have caused so many problems and affected the equilibrium of nature to such a great extent that nature cannot be left alone to sort itself out. Therefore it is necessary for humans to involve themselves in helping to fix what we can.
It is important for us to know the different wildlife terms and vocabulary used so that we can fully understand the words that the media uses.
My next blog post will talk about some of these issues in relation to rhino conservation in South Africa.