Botswana: Poaching not to blame for animal species-report


Star Africa

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Some animal species in Botswana have not been affected by poaching, according to the 2014 Environment Statistics report, seen by APA on Thursday.The report says that even though poaching might have led to a decline in the population of some wildlife species, some like the elephant have not seen any decline.

The report shows that this might be attributable to the fact that the rate at which they reproduce outweighs their mortality rate.

The estimated national poaching incidences by species show that, elephant, kudu, eland and impala were the most poached in the period of 2009 to 2013.

The highest national poaching incidences were recorded in the year 2012. In 2013, the Botswana government imposed an indefinite hunting ban citing a decline in wild animals.