Confusion over Botswana's elephant population

Elephants at Savuti in Chobe National Park PIC. THALEFANG CHARLES
Elephants at Savuti in Chobe National Park PIC. THALEFANG CHARLES

Botswana's parliament recently passed a motion considering lifting the ban on elephant trophy hunting, citing an increase in both the elephant population and human-elephant conflict (HEC) as their motives.

In the ensuing debate, unsubstantiated facts and figures concerning Botswana’s elephant population are used to support the hunting agenda. Many of these statistics have no scientific basis, so let’s debunk some of those figures.

 

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