Botswana Pledges to Ban Commercial Hunting

Botswana Pledges to Ban Commercial Hunting

Rene Ebersole
Published: 12/07/2012


Take only photos and leave only footprints,” may become the new credo in Botswana, a premier safari destination that has also been popular among big game hunters.


The Texas-sized nation has announced plans to ban trophy hunting in public areas amid concerns about sharply declining wildlife populations. “The shooting of wild game for sport and trophies is no longer compatible with our commitment to preserve local fauna,” said Botswana’s environment ministry in a statement. 


Botswana teems with wildlife—birds, hippos, lions, zebras. As much as a third of all the world’s elephants—an estimated 130,000 animals—roam Botswana’s wilderness areas. One wildlife refuge alone, Chobe National Park, counts 70,000.


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