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African Wildlife Foundation

Allan Olingo's recent interview of African Wildlife Foundation chief executive Kaddu Sebunya and the African Wildlife Foundation website appear to define the differences in wildlife management and conservation between East African and Southern African countries. Unlike in the past, it would be good for the AWF to work closer with CITES.

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Elephant population management

Are there too many elephants in southern Africa justifying extensive trophy hunting, or are special interests pushing for lifting the hunting ban in Botswana with dubious arguments about the benefits of hunting? Is the shooting of elephants really the answer to avoid the extinction of the species or are there other real solutions to elephant conservation in today's Africa?

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Botswana trophy hunting ban

The 2014 Botswana trophy hunting ban is in danger of being lifted, with the hunting lobby trying to influence the new government, claiming that shooting elephants will solve all problems resulting from an increase in Botswana's elephant population. However, renewed shooting of elephants would probably end one of Africa's greatest conservation success stories and have a serious negative impact on the lucrative eco-tourist industry. To preserve the profits of tourism, local populations need to to take ownership of the country's wildlife by sharing the tourist industry's substantial revenues with the Botswana government and private game reserves.

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