Zim has a big elephant problem, but is culling the answer?

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Zim has a big elephant problem, but is culling the answer?

It says it can’t afford the cost of Africa’s second-largest elephant population. Conservation groups disagree

Sharon Mazingaizo

Zimbabwe is considering culling its elephants to reduce its growing estimated population of 100,000, the second biggest in Africa after neighbouring Botswana.

Zimbabwe’s environ ment, climate, tourism and hospitality minister Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu told Sunday Times Daily that culling was an option because live elephant trade was no longer allowed.

“We traded in live elephants, but that avenue was closed through the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (Cites). That was a major blow because it meant we couldn’t generate revenue for our conservation. We have our own wildlife product that we cannot trade in, because it is banned through Cites. ..

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