As of 2014, the main animals being poached in Africa are rhinoceros and elephants. Other animals being poached in lesser amounts include lions, leopards, baboons, elands, impala, bushbuck, reedbuck, kudus and warthogs.Continue Reading
Rhinoceros-horn powder is valued in Asia as a status symbol, a party drug, a cure for cancer, and a remedy for hangovers and the common cold. As of the end of 2013, a pound of rhinoceros-horn powder was worth over $40,000 on the black market, far more than 24-karat gold or even cocaine. In South Africa, which holds most of the world's rhino population, almost 1,000 rhinos were poached in 2013. Elephant ivory is similarly prized in Asia. The tusks of a single elephant command prices that are 10 times the average annual income of a working person in many African nations. Typically, the elephants are slaughtered, often by poison, the tusks are cut off, and the carcasses are left to rot. According to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna, or CITES, more than 20,000 elephants were poached in Africa in 2013.
According to CITES, the key factors ascribed to the high levels of poaching in Africa are overwhelming poverty, weak law enforcement, high levels of corruption and the great demand for materials such as elephant ivory and rhinoceros-horn powder. Though more seizures of ivory shipments occurred in Africa in 2013 than ever before, enforcement continues to be a serious problem. Poachers are highly organized, with military-grade weapons and transportation, and law enforcement officials are overwhelmed.Learn more about Africa
Most people visit Africa to see the "big five," which refers to five of the continent's greatest wild animals and includes the lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino. No other continent offers an opportunity to see such a wide spectrum of animals in very close proximity than Africa.Full Answer >
Africa is a huge continent with a wide variety of landscapes and climates, from the dry, hot desert climate found in the northern countries in the Sahara desert to the tropical rainforests toward the center of the continent and the subarctic climates found in mountainous regions in southern Africa. There is not a single, dominant climate throughout the African continent, with different geological features such as lowlands or mountain ranges impacting climate differently in different places. However, much of Africa is dominated by the massive Sahara desert, and the continent is home to a huge proportion of the planet's arid lands.Full Answer >
The Republic of Ghana is on the west coast of Africa between Ivory Coast and Togo. The country is bordered by Burkina Faso to the north and the Gulf of Guinea to the south.Full Answer >
There are eight major geographical regions in Africa that influence its landscape. These include the Sahara Desert, the savanna, the Sahel, the African Great Lakes, the Swahili Coast, South Africa and the rain forest. The landscape, climate and biodiversity from one region to another varies greatly. Most of the continent consists of expansive plateaus ending in steep escarpments.Full Answer >