Thursday, May 23, 2024

COVID-19 was also bad news for Botswana’s rhino population

The many ways in which Covid was bad news for Botswana is common knowledge; less common would be knowledge of how the epidemic was also bad news for country’s rhinoceros population.

“The rhino population in Botswana is not healthy hence the species is highly protected,” says Professor Joseph Mbaiwa who is the Director of the Okavango Research Institute in wide-ranging dissent to an opinion piece in a recent edition of Africa Geographic. “Yes, it is true that the rhino population in Botswana has gone drastically after 2020 during COVID-19 pandemic.”

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