Botswana rejects claims of elephant poaching surge

Botswana has rebutted claims of a surge of elephant poaching by putting carcasses of animals that were allegedly slaughtered for ivory on display – some with tusks still intact.

The Elephants Without Borders (EWB) charity claimed two weeks ago that it had discovered at least 87 elephant carcasses during a routine aerial survey of conservation areas, suggesting a sudden spike in killings in recent months.

The claims led to global media attention, and questions were raised about Botswana’s anti-poaching efforts.

But officials demanded to see EWB’s proof and subsequent visits to the Chobe national park located just 19 corpses – six of which were found to be poaching victims.

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