Blog — December 05, 2012

Elephant in the Chobe River, Botswana (Credit: Jon Rawlinson).

Officials in Botswana have announced they will ban commercial hunting beginning January 2014 due to concerns about wildlife species decline. The plan is expected to be controversial, as many communities hunt for a living, although the government will still issue some sustenance game licenses in traditional hunting communities.

The country, which is home to one-third of the world’s total elephant population, currently has hunting zones that draw in tourism.  These zones will be turned into “photographic areas” with the hope that this different form of tourism will still be lucrative for the country while preserving local fauna.

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