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The myth of too many elephants in Kruger Park, and why culling is redundant

The myth of too many elephants in Kruger Park, and why culling is redundant

By Don Pinnock - Daily Maverick Because of their size and visible effects on vegetation, Kruger Park’s elephants are a highly emotive subject, fuelling acrimonious debates, cries of ‘too many elephants’ and ‘Kruger has an elephant problem’ – followed by demands for ‘unavoidable culling’. The reality is far more complex.   The story of elephant management in Kruger National Park has something in common with the tale of porridge in the paws of three bears: too few, too many and just right. But let’s get one thing straight right up front: there’s no authoritative or scientifically...

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Botswana’s wildlife management fails communities — report

Botswana’s wildlife management fails communities — report

By Don Pinnock – Daily Maverick Investigation shows that trophy hunting in Botswana continues to impoverish local communities, causes the decline in species and heightens human-elephant conflict situations. A forensic study into Botswana’s Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) conservation system has found it to be failing the people and wildlife it was designed to support. The latest report, by researcher Dr Adam Cruise, confirms and builds on a 2016 review that found most CBNRMs were either not functioning at all or were on the verge of collapse due to...

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Trophy hunting incentivises killing of endangered animals, warns Zambian environmentalist

Trophy hunting incentivises killing of endangered animals, warns Zambian environmentalist

By Tracy Keeling - The Canary Germany has become the latest European country to announce a potential ban on the import of hunting trophies. The move comes as those who support the practice have increased pressure on European politicians to continue with the status quo. And they argue that ‘Africa isn’t being heard’ on the issue. The Canary spoke with the co-founder of environmental NGO Mizu Eco-Care in Zambia to hear his thoughts on the subject. Timothy Kamuzu Phiri said he belongs to the school of thought that values wild animals while they’re alive, not...

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International elephant corridor put at risk by killing of Botswana’s largest tuskers

International elephant corridor put at risk by killing of Botswana’s largest tuskers

By Don Pinnock - Daily Maverick While hunters celebrate and conservationists mourn the killing of two of Botswana’s largest-tusked elephants, a biodiversity tragedy is waiting in the wings. or millions of years, elephants have undertaken seasonal migrations, following the rains that nourish the foliage they eat. On the way, they refashion landscapes, fertilise the grasslands essential for countless herbivores and help sequester carbon by spreading seeds. One of their main dispersal routes as they move from the Okavango Delta and central Botswana is northwards along the Kwando River into...

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