The slaughter of nine gorillas in the Virunga National Park by the guerillas clearly spells a natural disaster. The fight for survival between man and animal is on, with each pulling other’s leg and eliminating, if possible. Is it what living means?
Nine huge gorillas were wiped out from the Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo that has been in the grip of violence for years and as the war drags on and on, rampant poverty throws man on the doors of the wild, the natural habitat of wild animals. Once, this infiltration starts, the fight for survival begins and the slaughter of the mountain gorillas is one such example. The gorillas were killed for their fame that brought hordes of visitors to the forests, also the man-made habitat of the guerillas, endangering their survival, thereby for the fear of being noticed and zeroed in by the tourists, the slaughter of the wild animals became the only weapon.
It is not the only reason for which the gorillas are getting extinct, but rampant poverty in the country has forced man to depend on forest wood for burning his hearth. The need of charcoal and firewood spells danger for them because of the presence of wild creatures, therefore the elimination of the animal remains the only option and they don’t shirk from killing it. But, if man continues eliminating the natural wildlife only because he has weapons to throw a challenge on the animal, where does future take the wildlife? Are we leaving in a world where only slaughter, killing, murders and massacre remain the shinning examples for survival? Is it survival or death? Where is the world heading? The elimination of wild creatures disturbs the natural food chain, whose continuity without disturbance is important even for man. But, without understanding the gravity in which he is putting himself and his brethren in, man is on a plunging mood, an aura of devastation.
So, what could be done to preserve such incidents from happening further? An awakening first of all is the need of the day, when man will learn to live in harmony with nature and not discord with natural life. Conservation efforts can offer their helping hand too. Assessing the areas that are profound in wildlife and then preserving them under national law. Employment of adequate number of forest rangers to guard the wildlife, but providing them sufficient money, material, weapons and compensation in return.
Conserving our natural heritage is our bounden duty, and we can always learn it by peeping into the lives of the forest tribes, who take birth, live in harmony with nature and die there itself. But does it come naturally in a human being? Give it a thought.