South Sudan’s Remarkable Antelope Migration: A Conservation Triumph Under Threat

South Sudan's recent aerial wildlife survey revealed the world's largest land mammal migration, with around 6 million antelope. Despite this potential tourism magnet, rampant poaching and insufficient law enforcement threaten the herds. Wildlife conservation is essential for sustainable tourism and national pride, but challenges like poaching and inadequate infrastructure remain.

PTI | Boma | Updated: 25-06-2024 18:08 IST | Created: 25-06-2024 18:08 IST
South Sudan’s Remarkable Antelope Migration: A Conservation Triumph Under Threat
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South Sudan's stunning antelope migration is being hailed as a global conservation victory, yet it faces critical challenges. According to a comprehensive aerial wildlife survey released Tuesday, about 6 million antelope traverse the country's vast grasslands, marking the planet's largest land mammal migration.

Conducted by African Parks and the South Sudanese government, the survey, which used spotters in airplanes, about 60,000 photos, and tracking of over a hundred collared animals across 46,000 square miles, revealed a staggering biodiversity. However, commercial poaching looms as an increasing threat in a nation where law enforcement is weak and firearms are prevalent.

"Saving the last great migration of wildlife on the planet is an incredibly important thing," said Mike Fay, the lead scientist behind the survey. Yet, the East African nation, still emerging from a brutal civil war, is ill-prepared to protect these herds. With poverty-stricken villagers resorting to hunting for survival and a government that allocates less than 1% of its budget to wildlife protection, immediate measures are imperative. Experts argue better land management and increased funding are crucial for turning this natural marvel into a sustainable tourism draw.

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