Of course this looks a promising step toward better protection and more viable nature conservation. The real question is, why do we need to confine these animals to parks. We claim more space everywhere. We, humans, are addicted to it, soil, building plots, expansion. We tend to claim land, sea, air and expect everything else to abide by our law. We put animals away in cages and borders, draw up lines on a map to decide where the natural world can still exist. It is in my view a good start to try and change people's outlook on the animal kingdom. Not merely as a set of ivory tusks up for grabs. Sadly, in a obsessively capitalist world, the chains of commerce spare no one, thus generating steady incomes for the people living with these animals and in these landscapes is important. Doing it while preserving this very landscape and wildlife is crucial.
Much of the poaching in the world is purely due to big bucks being made from it. Quick and easy money, it is an industry which provides a future for some, where there is little else. This is why i applaude this wildlife park. Not because of the need to confine these animals, but because it is a first step in changing the future and outlook of these people, while doing as little damage as possible to the natural environment they live with and view it as worth something to them, call it co-ownership in an informal way. It becomes their income, their interest to protect and conserve the park and everything in it.
It is a small glimmer of hope, I for one, embrace such initiatives and hope to see many more. In a world where wildlife is under threat, any development towards tying our fate and consciousness of this fate to theirs is positive one, following the logic that we do not want ourselves to perish and fail. It ties in with a broad movement that is needed to make an actual difference. Realizing that their (flora and fauna) interests, are our interests. We can not live on a planet with only one species.
As a closer, the scientific validity of these claims of course, can be called biased. True, I am biased for I want a good life for my kids, grandchildren and on, and this means only one thing, it is necessary to take good care of our planet. Of course as an aspiring Social science (more precisely public administration) Alumnus, I shiver at the lack of source material used, but this serves more as a personal trail of thought, thus needs no extensive sources and research. I tap into the source that is my memory. Naturally, it is free to judge whether this holds any truth.
As for now, I will end with a quote that, I think, justifies this. From Plato, the father of all Philosophy who said : Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.