A week before Botswana hosts two key wildlife conservation conferences, a small group of lawmakers are seeking a review of a 2014 commercial hunting ban designed to reverse a decline in wildlife. Botswana is home to a third of the world's elephants, but three of the diamond-rich country's 61 legislators believe elephants have multiplied to the point they are now "terrorising" local farmers. Ronald Shamukuni, MP for the northern Chobe region that is hosting next week's conferences on African elephants and the illegal wildlife trade, says the mammals are forcing villagers to abandon their farms. There are some 200,000 elephants living in Botswana, one of Africa's top safari destinations.
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