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Botswana Reopens Hunting
Botswana, which has the world’s biggest population of #elephants , lifted its suspension on hunting, a move that is likely to spark further debate on a politically charged issue in the #SouthernAfrican nation.
The government would ensure that “reinstatement of hunting is done in an orderly and ethical manner” and in accordance with the law and regulations, the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism
The number of elephants in #Botswana has almost tripled to 160,000 since 1991, according to the government, increasing conflict between farmers and the animals, which at times destroy crops and kill villagers while also damaging ecosystems by tearing down trees. While hunting wouldn’t meaningfully reduce the number of elephants, income from the sport, could benefit communities in areas where the animals live. The average #elephant hunt costs $45,000 in neighboring countries where the practice is legal.
Most of Botswana’s elephants live in the country’s northeast, an area of savanna and #wetlands , and regularly cross into #Zambia , #Zimbabwe and #Namibia , which have large populations of their own. There are about 415,000 elephants left in #Africa with the population having been decimated through poaching for ivory, mainly in East Africa.
#huntingISconservation #SouthAfrica #wildgame