In the end we will conserve only what we love;
we will love only what we understand;
and we will understand only what we are taught.
Baba Dioum, 1968
We need to educate to inspire people to take conservation action. If people don’t know what is happening to animals and habitats, they won’t care enough to do anything about the threats facing them. If they remain unaware of the impact of human activities, they will not change their own behavior nor advocate for change in governmental / corporate / community / individual practices. We must teach people to care enough to act, for without action, conservation cannot occur. Connecting the community with animals and nature will increase awareness and appreciation for biodiversity, causing them to care about conservation issues and increase the likelihood of supporting conservation efforts.
Learn more about painted dogs including a fact file, social structure and more as well as the education programmes offered by PDRT to raise awareness to help local communities take conservation action to help painted dogs.
EDUCATION IS KEY
It is vitally important to dispel myths about carnivores such as painted dogs and emphasize the important role they play in ecosystem management. Whether talking to school children, community leaders, farmers, or regular everyday people, changing their hearts and minds requires thoughtful, honest communication backed by evidence.
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