Are there too many elephants?

(Source – Koedoe Vol 59, no 1 2017) Are there too many elephants? What is the solution? These are questions we get asked regularly. South African National Parks (SANParks) manage landscapes rather than numbers of elephants (Loxodonta africana) to mitigate the effects that elephants may have on biodiversity, tourism and stakeholder conservation values associated with...
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Elephants under fire

Sadly, Kruger elephant poaching is becoming a grim reality, not only within Kruger but all over South Africa. A total of 67 elephants were killed for their ivory in the Kruger Park in 2017, while one was lost to poachers in KwaZulu Natal (KZN). If one looks at the trend, Kruger losses are significantly worse:...
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Elephant poaching a very real and growing threat in the Kruger Park

On 31 December 2017, the ban on legal ivory trade in China, which represents the world’s largest market for ivory, finally came into effect! This is the greatest single step toward reducing the brutal poaching which kills on average 100 elephants every day in Africa. Until recently South Africa had escaped ivory poachers trying to cash-in...
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