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A herd of elephants goes to the watering hole (view from the airplane) - Botswana, South-Western Africa.
Okavango delta (Okavango Grassland) is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. A herd of elephants goes to the watering hole (view from the airplane) - Botswana, South-Western Africa. Image credit: Vadim Petrakov/Shutterstock.com

Botswana ranked World’s No 1 country in Wildlife Conversation

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  • Botswana tops the list of countries that are doing the most to protect wildlife. It has the highest conservation land ratios in Africa and more than 25 percent of its land area is reserved for parks and other reserves.
  • Namibia ranks second in the list. The country is so serious about wildlife conservation it’s the first nation in Africa to include laws that work towards protecting the environment in its constitution.
  • Tanzania is dedicated to protecting their animals in the wild so much so that a third of this vast nation is protected.

Some countries simply get it right. They understand that we don’t own the world we live in and we are sharing the planet with other occupants. They know that wildlife conservation isn’t just an ethical discourse but a necessary step to ensuring human being’s survival.  They are aware that our actions can endanger other species and push them to extinction. The latter will alter the ecosystem’s balance thereby affecting our food sources, our habitat, and in the end the survival of humankind.

A study by Oxford Univesity’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit in partnership with Panthera found that many affluent countries aren’t doing a lot to preserve wildlife. Among the 152 nations investigated those that ranked the highest are nations from relatively lesser developed nations with a few developed countries like Norway and Canada included in the top 10.

If you are interested to know which countries are doing their part to protect wildlife, here’s a look at the 10 countries that are contributing the most towards wildlife preservation among any other regions in the world based on the scores on the Megafauna Conservation Index

The countries with the highest scores on the Megafauna Conservation Index

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