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Botswana experiences surge in elephant poaching

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The report says elephants could face extinction if the current rate of poaching continues
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Botswana experienced a surge in elephant poaching from November to December, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism Thursday.

About 64 tusks have been seized from transnational poachers apprehended in northern Botswana and Namibia during the past two months, and a joint investigation is currently underway, the statement said.

The wildlife department and other law enforcement authorities are still checking the proportion of tusks retrieved from poached animals with those from the ones that died naturally, noting that the number of tusks recovered does not translate into the number of animals poached.

Botswana and Namibia have boosted the number of patrol teams in the area, including combined patrols and intelligence sharing. According to the 2022 Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) elephant study, Botswana has about 131,909 elephants, representing 58 percent of the total number of elephants in the KAZA region.

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