Ivory trade debate resurfaces as southern Africa’s elephants thrive

A herd of elephants walk past a watering hole in Hwange National ParkBy Ed Stoddard KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa's Kruger National Park is littered in places with the trunks of trees uprooted and stripped of bark by a surging population of elephants, a frequent sight in the reserve. Africa's elephants are still threatened by poachers seeking to kill them for their ivory tusks but in several southern states populations have rebounded, helped by conservation policies and the remote locations where many of the herds live. The numbers are now so big that some countries say the world's largest land mammal is causing too much damage to crops, threatening the livelihoods of poor subsistence farmers and the populations of other species including birds, bats and woody plants in forests uprooted by elephants.

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October 3, 2016 5:58 am

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