Hunting and anti-poaching in Botswana

The debate continues over elephant management PIC: THALEFNG CHARLES
The debate continues over elephant management PIC: THALEFNG CHARLES

A mid the furore unleashed by proponents of photographic tourism by the GoB’s announcement that it was to consider the reintroduction of some form of hunting, we would do well to remember the greater context, which is the conservation of Botswana’s natural resources.

Putting aside for now the ill-advised and predictably inflammatory statement that there could be some management of the elephant population, including limited culling, let’s consider some facts.

During the latest elephant census carried out to extremely high standards by EWB, a number of elephant poaching “hotspots” were recorded. The reporting of these has resulted in an irresponsible hysteria in the press and unpleasant accusations and innuendo from many sources. Maybe we shouldn’t expect the press to understand the statistics behind the survey results, which indicate similar numbers to the previous survey in 2014, not a catastrophic decline, but they should try to get to the truth, especially as their correspondents seem not even slightly familiar with the greater Botswana environment.

Editor's Comment
Something ought to be done about deadly A3 Road

The accident which happened near Marapong village comes after yet another horrific accident which claimed 16 lives in July last year near Hubona. These stats don’t include other accidents where fatalities were not as many as the two.While several factors may have contributed to the two accidents and many others, many believe the biggest with that road is the bad state that the road is in. Unconfirmed reports in the most recent accident state...

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