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STATEMENT BY THE CHAIRMAN, DERECK JOUBERT

Let there be no mistake, we are in the midst of the Battle for Africa right now. We have to understand that everything is connected, and as soon as we understand that we are a part of every system on Earth, the easier it will be for us to find that balance here instead of forever being in conflict with nature, its wild animals and wild places.

We don’t have much time.  The biggest threat isn’t hunters, poachers or poison makers – it is our own complacency, the lazy hope that someone else is taking care of the great beasts of Africa.

And the real problem, as we know from E.Q. Wilson and other scientists, is that the closer we get to that extinction period, the faster it happens. You create islands of biodiversity, and as they start shrinking and isolating themselves, the genetic quality of the animals within them gets weaker and weaker, more vulnerable, and you see curves in animal populations that drop off suddenly.

We are now at a pivotal time in history, where our actions will determine the fate of some of the most iconic African animals and landscapes. We can do this. We can change the course of history and choose to protect and preserve.

Join us, the Great Plains Foundation, in ensuring a bright future for Africa’s wild places.

– Dereck Joubert