Investigation into the trophy hunting of elephants in Botswana’s Community-Based Natural Resource Management areas

Feb 27, 2023 | Reports

By Adam Cruise

It has been claimed that the proceeds of trophy hunting provide essential revenue streams for local communities and the conservation of wildlife in marginal areas where photographic tourism is at a minimum or largely absent.

Investigation conclusion: After a six-week field-investigation, complemented by a detailed literature research, it was found that trophy hunting failed to provide tangible financial benefits to local communities, did not assist with the conservation of wildlife populations and did not mitigate elephant-conflict incidences. This investigation showed that trophy hunting continued to impoverish local communities, cause the decline in wild species and heighten human-elephant conflict situations.

The published report can be found here:


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