What Does this mean?
After a five-year suspension of Elephant hunting by former president Ian Khama in 2014, the government of Botswana has lifted the ban on Elephant hunting. This statement was issued on May 22 by the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resource Conservation and Tourism.
Botswana has an elephant population which according to sources numbers around 160,000. Apparently, this lifting of the ban on elephant hunting is based on this figure which raises a few serious questions.
It is common knowledge that these herds of elephants move freely from Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, through Chobe National Park in Botswana into what was known as the Caprivi strip in Namibia. So this decision could quite possibly be motivated by greed and the lure of huge income for the country (or individuals) from the International professional hunting fraternity.
We sincerely hope to be proved wrong about the horrible greed. It will impact on sustainable tour operators like Africa Explore Safaris and our safaris.