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The Fate of The African Elephant Depends on Botswana

MASISI

President Masis addresses the United Nations.

As Botswana goes, so goes the African Elephant.

It’s simply a matter of numbers. With a herd numbering approximately 350,000 members, Botswana has more Africa elephants than any other country. That is about half of all African elephants. Therefore, the government’s policy of protecting their elephants will largely determine the fate of this magnificent species.

Although it has been banned for many years, will the Republic of Botswana once again allow hunting? Will the Botswana Defense Force be allowed to continue their deadly vigilance against poachers?

We are discussing these issues with His Excellency, Mr. David Newman, Botswana’s ambassador to the United States with whom we have a good working friendship.

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