‘Hundreds’ of elephants being poached each year in Botswana

18 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

‘Hundreds’ of elephants 
being poached each year 
in Botswana

A leading conservation group has warned of surging elephant poaching in parts of Botswana and estimated nearly 400 were killed across the country in 2017 and 2018, according to a report published Thursday, adding to conservation concerns, reports AFP.

The Elephants Without Borders research in the scientific journal “Current Biology” will likely increase pressure on Botswana, which last month sparked sparked controversy by lifting its ban on hunting saying it would help control a booming population that was damaging farmers’ livelihoods.

Thursday’s report noted a 593 percent increase in fresh elephant carcasses in the north of the country since 2014, with many of these found clustered in five northern “hotspots”.