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Botswana | After ban revocation, first licenses to hunt elephants auctioned off

GABORONE (Reuters) - Botswana auctioned six licences on Friday to hunt a total of 60 elephants, the first to be allowed in the southern African country since President Mokgweetsi Masisi lifted a five-year ban on big game hunting last May.


Africa’s overall elephant population is declining due to poaching but Botswana, home to almost a third of the continent’s elephants, has seen numbers grow to 130,000 from 80,000 in the late 1990s.


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-botswana-elephants/botswana-auctions-permits-to-hunt-elephants-to-ease-human-wildlife-conflict-idUSKBN20118U?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews

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