Friday, June 21, 2024

KAZA raises fresh questions about credibility of EWB / Chase “elephant massacre” report

A presentation by Darren Potgieter, KAZA Arial Survey Coordinator at the KAZA Summit last week has raised questions about the credibility of the Elephant Without Borders (EWB) survey which reported an elephant poaching crisis in Botswana.

In his report which created digital hysteria and global concern, Mike Chase of EWB claimed massive poaching of elephants in Botswana. This report has however been rebutted by the KAZA elephant survey which was commissioned immediately after the EWB survey.

Answering a question from the floor during his presentation, Potgieter said he found no evidence of an elephant poaching crisis in Botswana.

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