BDF was in charge of elephant 'massacre' area

Elephants PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
Elephants PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) was in control of the Chobe area in which a disputed number of elephant carcasses were found recently, setting off global outrage on perceived rampant poaching in Botswana.

The NGO which reported the poaching, Elephants Without Borders (EWB), blamed the issue on President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s decision in May to withdraw military weapons from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks’ (DWNP) anti-poaching unit.

International media upped the ante by painting a picture suggesting rangers had stood by helplessly as poachers gunned down at least 87 elephants in the Okavango Delta. Government has said about 53 elephant carcasses have been spotted, the majority being natural deaths over several months this year.

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