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ELEPHANT MANAGEMENT ONGOING IN BOBIRWA AREA

Written by on August 12, 2020

The Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Philda Kereng has said that there is ongoing management of elephants in the Bobirwa area.

When answering a question in Parliament, the Minister said this is achieved through the hunting of elephants in hotspot areas and translocation to other parts of the country. She cited an example of such an exercise as the recent translocation of 18 elephants from Tuli Block to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park due to negative impact on vegetation.

Kereng said it is estimated that there are between one thousand 200 and one thousand 500 elephants in the Bobirwa area. She said the Elephant Management Plan which is currently being finalized also proposes interventions such as the use of barriers or obstacles around water installations and the upgrading of fences in the area to make them elephant proof.

The minister further noted that efforts are underway to engage farmers in the Tuli Block on their offer to maintain the Tuli Backline fence which is intended to reduce conflict in the area.


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