Friday 14 June 2019

Elephant poaching on the increase in Northern Botswana

I've warned about it for years. I said once east Africa was depleted the poachers would head South. The South Africans et al. were alsways a bit smug saying they had no problem. Well it's on its way.

Elephants Without Borders survey results habe been peer reviewed and published. The salient points are:

  • In northern Botswana, fresh elephant carcasses increased by 593% from 2014 to 2018
  • In 2018, we confirmed 156 elephants as poached for ivory based on damage to skulls
  • Fresh elephant carcasses were clustered in 5 hotspots where elephants have declined
  • We estimate that a minimum of 385 elephants were poached in Botswana in 2017–2018
    Of course President Masisi and his government don't want to accept this. It doesn't suit their political ambitions.

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