The carcasses of 87 elephants have been found near a wildlife sanctuary in Botswana, in what conservation group Elephants Without Borders have called "the largest scale of elephant poaching to date". Botswana was known for being very harsh with poachers until the government disarmed its anti-poaching units in May - a month after President Mokgweetsi Masisi was sworn into office.
Elephant Massacre 'Largest to Date'
Deutsche Welle, 4 September 2018
Nearly 90 elephants have been killed for ivory in Botswana, according to a wildlife charity. But the government has cast doubt on the figure, saying many of the elephants died of… Read more »
87 Elephants Killed By Poachers After Masisi Disarms Anti-Poaching Unit
This is Africa, 4 September 2018
A month after he came to power, Botswana's Pres Mokgweetsi Masisi disarmed the anti-poaching unit. Recently, 87 elephants were found dead with their tusks removed close to a… Read more »
Poaching in Botswana On the Rise
Botswana Daily News, 9 April 2018
Eventhough Botswana is pinning her hopes on tourism to diversify the economy, poaching, which is on the rise, remains a challenge and hinders the country's efforts in diversifying… Read more »
Batswana Set to Weigh in On Whether Ban On Elephant Hunting Should Be Lifted
The Conversation Africa, 4 July 2018
The government of President Mokgweetsi Masisi in Botswana has announced that it will hold a two-month nationwide consultation to review the ban on hunting, notably of elephants.… Read more »
Police Link Poaching to Elephants Attacking People
Botswana Daily News, 18 January 2018
Elephant attacks on human beings in some villages of the Okavango District are on the rise . Read more »
Decline in Elephant Poaching Could Be Short-Lived
ISS, 19 February 2018
Elephant poaching in Africa has dropped for five consecutive years to levels last witnessed over a decade ago. The latest report by the Convention on International Trade in… Read more »
Poaching has escalated in recent years with record numbers of rhino and elephants being killed across Africa for their horn. The poachers are becoming increasingly militarised in ... Read more »
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