Visiting the Animals of South Africa and Brazil
Tanya Johnson’s Commitment to International Environmental Preservation
Tanya Johnson has had a busy travel schedule over the last several months. She recently visited Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa, as well as the city of Recife in the eastern most part of Brazil. These trips give Ms. Johnson the chance to experience new environments and learn about endangered species that she may get the chance to see again. It’s all a part of her commitment to the natural environment and the animals that call these territories home.
On Safari in Johannesburg
The city of Johannesburg in South Africa is known for its many safari adventures. The city sits on the edge of numerous grasslands and plains, all of which are full of exotic wildlife. Of the 297 species of mammals that have been recorded in the country, 30 of which are considered threatened or endangered. Big game safaris continue to drive much of the tourism to the region, yet illegal poaching and hunting remain a consistent problem in the area.
During her trip, Tanya Johnson took advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. On safari, she saw a wide range of endemic species and wildlife, including Burchell’s zebra, wildebeests, giraffes, hippopotamuses, and the black and white rhinoceros. South Africa is also home to one of the largest national parks in the world. The Kruger National Park consists of 19,485 square kilometers (7,523 sq mi) of grassland.
Of the endangered species in the area, De Winton’s golden mole and the Riverine rabbit are considered the most critical. Several other species of golden moles, the white-tailed rat, and the Sei and blue whales are also endangered. Tanya Johnson didn’t have a chance to see these endangered species in person, but she met with numerous environmental groups that are working to restore the numbers of these species to sustainable levels.
The Penguins of Cape Town
During her visit to South Africa, Tanya Johnson also visited the city of Cape Town. Like Johannesburg, Cape Town is known of its diverse wildlife. One of Johnson’s main priorities during her stay in the region was to visit Boulders Beach. This rocky shoreline is considered one of the most sought-after destinations in the city. It’s known for its crystal-blue waters, soft white sand, expansive views, and the African Penguins.
These friendly creatures first arrived on the beach in 1982 and have since become a staple of the region. Thousands of tourists have since flocked to the region for a chance to see or even swim with the penguins. However, over the last 30 years, the African Penguin has been classified as an endangered species, in large part due to over-fishing throughout the area, pollution, habitat destruction, and tourists that want to get too close to the penguins.
Recently, Boulders Beach and the surrounding areas have been included in the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area, which helps keep the beaches clean and safe for the penguins to inhabit. Tourists are still welcome in the area. They are free to snap a few photos and swim with the penguins as long as they don’t get too close. Tanya Johnson was delighted to see the penguins in person during her trip. She was happy to lend her support to the environmentalists on staff, which gave her a chance to learn more about their work in the region and how they’re protecting these creatures from potential extinction.
On to Recife, Brazil
The city of Recife has long been considered a major tourist attraction for the country of Brazil. It was first founded as a port for sugar cane in the 1500s, but it has since become known as one of the world’s most sought-after beach destinations. The city is made up of hundreds of bridges, walkways, rivers and streams, earning it the nickname, “The Brazilian Venice.”
With so many people living in the Recife area, the local environment has started to suffer as a result. The city sits next to miles of coastal forests that are home to hundreds of unique species of wildlife, including the red-handed howler monkey and blond capuchin, both of which are now considered endangered. Deforestation continues to be a major problem throughout the area as farmers and business owners convert the land into more sugarcane fields.
While Johnson spent most of her time in the city, she was able to visit these forests in person. The entire city of Recife was teeming with expansive white beaches, vibrant culture, and animals that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
The more Tanya Johnson learns about environmentalism and these endangered species, the more she can do to protect them. She’s always raising money and awareness for important conservation causes. Follow along as Ms. Johnson gets ready for new adventures in 2020.