About BRAZOS RIVER FOUNDATION
protecting AFRICAN wild life
Whether sponsoring innovations in electric powered cars, organizing landscapers to compost clippings, or operating wildlife conservancies, Brazos River Foundation is involved in under-served needs to preserve the resources upon which a rich human existence depends.
In Africa under current conditions it's possible that several iconic animal species will become extinct. Lions and other animals are losing habitat to human activities. Existing efforts to maintain wildlife habitat are insufficient, and more resources are needed. As habitats shrink under pressure from human encroachment, animal numbers dwindle. We are efforts are focused on not only minimizing human encroachment in the future but on enriching the remaining lands available for habitat. Instead of merely fencing off tracts of land and leaving it wild we are able to increase the numbers of animals land will support by managing rainfall and water, planting needed grasses and trees. By enriching the land comprising remaining habitat the density of animals it sustains is greatly increased.
For some species such as apes and rhinos poaching is a major cause of nearing extinction. In addition to land management we participate in actions to deter the killing of endangered animals for food or profit. We are expanding our anti-poaching activities as current efforts by others are insufficient. As in other areas we focus on activities where greater efforts are needed and where solutions are still available with such expanded efforts.
Leaving a planet rich with the wildlife which existed before recent changes is our purpose. The current extinction of species is equivalent to mass extinction events of nature in the distant past. To arrest this process much more land on all continents must be acquired and devoted to conservation. Once such land is set aside active management is needed to preserve it.
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The colossal growth in human population underway requires continuing modern methods of agriculture to produce needed animal feeds as well as grains and vegetables for humans. The dramatic increases in yields made possible last century by chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer must be maintained. However limits will be reached on chemical elements such as mineable phosphates required for fertilizer. Other means need to be adopted to produce indefinitely the grains and vegetables required. An expansion of non-chemical, sustainable techniques will be adopted. Replacement or augmentation of chemical fertilizers with compost is one of our missions. Organizing residences and food service industries into devoting their food scraps to compost use is one needed aspect we undertake. As well, organizing landscapers and others to cycle lawn clippings and leaves otherwise discarded in unsustainable landfills or dumped into the ocean is easy and must be adopted. As the demand for organically and sustainably produced foods increases these inputs for new production practices will be needed in larger quantities.
On the technical side we sponsor innovations in materials and methods in support of zero landfill practices. Adopting inexpensive materials which can be easily re-cycled is a priority. As well, we support energy and transportation innovations such as heating and air conditioning components for electric cars and battery modules to allow them to compete in range and convenience with fuel powered vehicles.
Among these wide ranging efforts our purpose is to focus resources on problems for which solutions are available if only more effort were applied. We seek to tip the balance of change in favor of sustainable practices by applying the amount of effort to succeed. We don't believe in merely playing around without enough effort to achieve necessary goals. The stakes could not