Botswana’s new president may introduce culling to decrease their elephant herds.
According to South Africa’s news24, “Botswana launched a review on Wednesday of a 2014 hunting ban imposed to reverse a decline in elephants and other wildlife.
“The prohibition on big game sports hunting was the work of ex-president Ian Khama, a keen conservationist, to shield species decimated by hunting and habitat loss.
“But lawmakers from the ruling Botswana Democratic party have been lobbying to overturn the ban, especially on elephant hunting, saying populations have become unmanageably large in parts – placing the animals on a collision course with humans.
“Khama’s successor, President Mokgweetsi Masisi, launched a month of nationwide consultations on Wednesday that could ring in the end of the ban.
“Consultations with different interest groups, in the tourism hub of Maun, ‘commence this afternoon,’ Rural Development Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi told AFP.
“‘President Masisi is scheduled to meet researchers. Tomorrow he will address a kgotla (traditional gathering).’
“The review comes five months after Khama relinquished power to Masisi, and just days after a wildlife charity said about 90 elephants were slaughtered for their tusks in Botswana in recent months.
“Masisi’s government rejected Elephants Without Borders’ claims of a pachyderm massacre.
“With its unfenced parks and wide open spaces, landlocked Botswana has the largest elephant population in Africa, at over 135 000.”
Botswana’s new president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, has not changed the nation’s position of defending elephants and all wildlife from poachers.
Although it has been bandied about the media that President Masisi is not tough on poachers, ElephantRescue.Net has learned from the most reliable and trusted sources within the government of Botswana that this is pure rhetoric.
These are the facts.
1. Botswana’s anti-poaching teams were outfitted with arms of war, which they were technically forbidden by law to use. This caused a diplomatic spat with neighboring Namibia. It seems the Botswana Defence Force anti-poaching teams gunned down a considerable number of alleged poachers believed to be Namibian nationals. President Masisi merely sought to address this issue and proceed with lawful practices.
2.The Botswana Defense Force anti-poaching teams have not been disarmed. They are simply not using weapons of war at this time.
3. It was alleged that 87 elephants were killed because the anti-poaching teams were disarmed. The carcasses of the elephants in question, however, died of natural causes or were killed over a period of two years.
These false allegations have been an affront to the famed members of the Botswana Defense Force, one of the most respected armed forces in all of Sub-Sahara Africa. It has caused alarm among wildlife conservationists around the world. And, it has wrongfully questioned the integrity of President Masisi.
One can’t help but wonder if these aspersions are nothing more than political innuendos meant to cast of shadow of doubt about the new president’s leadership. Without further speculation about this, we may rest assured that Botswana’s stance against poachers remains unchanged.
Our rescue of a big herd looks good but we have much hard work ahead of us. Here are some of those challenging tasks.
We must gain governmental approval, including approval from CITES, which is the international wildlife trade agreement between governments.
The logistics of this rescue must also be thoughtfully planned among wildlife professionals. Fortunately, we have a world class wildlife team to call upon who are, literally, among the finest in the world. This logistical equation that stands before us includes many components such as reserving cranes, helicopters and a significant fleet of heavy transport vehicles. Organizing veterinarians, medical personnel and supplies are essential, as well.
And, of course, we must raise the money to pay for this expensive equipment and these supplies.
Once we have formal approval from the government that will receive these elephants, we must create a well documented video describing this rescue. We feel that openly telling the story of this rescue in a quality video, and several other videos, is essential.
Our goal will then be to raise $100,000 on the internet, which is half of the amount needed to rescue these elephants. Upon reaching this target, we will seek big donors to match this amount to reach the goal of $200,000 needed.
This is only $2,500 for each elephant, which I feel is a cost well worth saving an elephant.
So, please make a generous donation today to save these elephants from the hunter’s bullet.
After several months of focusing on finding a proper home for the herd of 80 elephants who must be moved from their present home in South Africa, I have a victory to share.
While we have known the general area and country where we had hoped to relocate the herd, now we know the precise location of what may be their new home. So we have more confidence that the government of that country is openly working with us to graciously welcome this imperiled herd into their country.
This is a big step! Particularly, since a Culling Permit to kill them was approved some time ago and will be most definitely implemented unless they are moved.
World class experts on the ground have identified a area in which plenty of food and water is available. The climate and terrain is excellent. There is neither a hunting nor a poaching threat. Moreover, we can transport the entire herd by truck, rather than air cargo planes, which I had previously anticipated.
I am keeping this location a secret for now because several individuals and hunting organizations want our plans to fail. But we can’t let the hunters win this battle!
You can be sure it’s going to be a tough fight.
So I am focusing all my attention on raising the money to fund this urgent rescue.
It has been estimated by specialist who have decades of experience moving elephants that the cost will be approximately $200,000 or only $2,500 for each elephant. I feel this is an exceptional bargain.
We simply can’t make this happen without your help. So, please consider being a part of this urgent rescue by making a generous donation today.
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You may be able to save the lives of several elephants in just a few minutes.
Then please call your congressional representatives as soon as you are able and ask them to stop all imports of elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Phone calls are more effective than emails, faxes or letters. So, please use this method and always be extremely polite and informed.
Senators and congressmen closely monitor the response of their constituents so contacting them about this matter is clearly worth the few minutes required to read the above article, find your representatives in the included list and make a short phone call.
Remember, they want to know what’s on your mind so call today.
The elephants thank you!
I’ve just received word that hunters are pushing to kill the 80 elephants we are trying to rescue. The Republic of South Africa has approved the Elephant Management Plan in which all 80 will be shot dead. This culling permit was given the OK several months ago. But now we are competing more directly with hunters who want to kill them.
Here is the problem: adult elephants eat approximately 660 pounds of food every day. Multiply this by 80 elephants and you have 52,800 pounds of food daily. That’s 26.4 tons of trees, roots and other plants each day or 9,636 tons every year!
And, other animals must eat, too. So, there is keen competition for survival among them.
Miraculously, I may have found a home for all 80 elephants!
Their new potential home has plenty of food, water, an excellent climate and terrain. There are no poachers and hunting is strictly outlawed with deadly force. We are working with local government officials to determine the exact area where they will be settled and hope to have this identified soon.
We must raise at least $200,000 for the relocation, which is only $2,500 for each elephant. This is a bargain!
I’m in touch with the man who oversees the nature reserve where the herd of 80 elephants live, communicating with him by phone and email. He has been extremely helpful. It’s often necessary to talk by phone and these calls to him and other parties involved are becoming expensive.
Perhaps, this is cost you’d like to help us with. We’ve made giving both easy and safe.
Simply press the orange donate button at the top of this page and select the amount you wish to give.
I thank you – and the elephants especially thank you!
Our man on the ground had a long, face-to-face conservation with the man in charge of the 80 elephants who the Republic of South Africa has approved to be killed if they are not moved from their present location.
We learned that these elephants are considered government assets of South Africa and must be released as assets before we can assume “ownership” of them. This process and several other similar red tape matters will require time, application submissions and approvals.
Then there is the matter of determining precisely where they will be relocated within the new country that has expressed interest in accepting them. Once this has been confirmed, we must travel there to conduct an on-the-ground inspection to ensure it will provide the adequate availability of water and food, and that this heard of 80 will be safe in their new home. Next is the implementation of the transport plan. This involves darting them with tranquilizers and hosting them onto trucks.
The good news is that we have more time than first suspected. We will most likely move them in May of 2018 at the beginning of the South Africa winter when the cooler weather will reduce their stress and trauma.
This may sound as though we are, now, not in a hurry. Yet, the critical path of this rescue will demand every day of planning between the present date and next May. Indeed, this is still an urgent matter.
There is much more detail I have not discussed here. So, as one can imagine, a considerable amount of thoughtful planning among qualified professionals is perquisite to this operation. Nonetheless, we are confident that we will succeed.